Nottingham Panthers sign Tom Norton & Jonathan Boxill

Nottingham Panthers

Elite League champions Nottingham Panthers have signed British defenceman Tom Norton and forward Jonathan Boxill.

Norton, 22, came through the Nottingham youth system and has already dressed over 150 times for the Panthers, but iced for Peterborough last season.

Bracknell-born Boxill, 24, has been playing college hockey in the USA.

"We think it is time for Tom to come back up to the top flight, while we've checked Jonathan out and we hear good things," said coach Corey Neilson.

"We know Tom very well. He listens and he learns and coaches can't ask for much more than that.

"Others have gone down a league and come back strong. Look at Robert Lachowicz and the progress he has made since he came back up.

"Tom has a great attitude and there's no reason why he can't do something similar."

Norton first played for the Panthers in 2007 and has had spells in the EPL with Peterborough and Milton Keynes Lightning.

Boxill began his junior career in Swindon, but did travel to Morzine in France for a Panthers prospects camp under former coach Mike Ellis. He has spent the last eight years in America.

"We are confident Jonathan will fit in with our style and our plans. His college coach speaks highly of him," added Neilson.

"He was the second top scorer at New England last season (15 points in 26 games). He's coming back to his home country to play professionally for the Panthers.

"That'll be a big challenge for him, but that's why guys go through minor programmes and university programmes.

"Tom and Jon are part of the next generation of homegrown talent. It's going to be good watching them bring that forward in the Panthers uniform."

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