Nottingham Panthers sign Martin Tuma

Nottingham Panthers

Nottingham Panthers have completed their roster for the 2012-13 season with the signing of Czech defenceman Martin Tuma.

The 26-year-old was a fifth-round draft pick for Florida Panthers in 2003 and has played 40 games in the American Hockey League.

Tuma joins Eric Werner in the Panthers line-up, the 29-year-old American defenceman having joined last week.

The new Elite League season gets under way in September.

Panthers coach Corey Neilson was delighted to be able to sign Tuma.

He told the club website: "He's a big tough defenceman who plays with an edge."