Chris Higgins: Nottingham Panthers sign forward from Belfast

Nottingham Panthers have signed American winger Chris Higgins, who won the Elite league title with Belfast Giants last season.

The 28-year-old, who has played in the AHL, ECHL and had spells in Italy and Sweden, scored 19 goals and 41 assists for 60 points in 51 games last season.

Panthers head coach Corey Neilson said: "Chris is good on the puck, and has great vision.

"He works hard and the fans will love his style of play in Nottingham."

The Belfast organisation said on Twitter:  "Good luck to Chris Higgins with the Panthers. A big part of our title win - we wish him well."

Neilson added: "We've got a role in mind for Chris and he ticks a lot of boxes for the roster we're putting together.

"He's excited to be joining us and we're excited to have him."