Nottingham Panthers sign ex-NHL defenceman Theo Peckham

Theo Peckham
Peckham has a reputation as a hard man and has played more than 160 games in the NHL

Nottingham Panthers have signed former NHL defenceman Theo Peckham, their 13th addition to the 2015-16 roster so far.

The 27-year-old, who played 160 games for Edmonton Oilers before leaving in 2013, has agreed a one-year deal.

Canadian Peckham spent most of last season with Wichita Thunder in the third tier of ice hockey in the US.

He joins a new-look squad that includes Scandinavian netminder Miika Wiikman and Britain internationals Matthew Myers and Paul Swindlehurst.

Panthers finished fourth in the Elite League last season and narrowly lost to Coventry Blaze in the play-off quarter-finals.

But coach Corey Neilson, who extended his contract last month, has been busy strengthening the team after a rare trophyless season.

In addition to Peckham, Wiikman, Myers and Swindlehurst, Panthers Jeff Dimmen, David Clarke, Robert Farmer, Steve Lee, Ollie Betteridge, Dan Green, Sam Oakford, Bryan Schmidt and Evan Mosey have all been confirmed.

Left-hander Peckham was a third-round pick in the 2006 NHL Draft and also has experience in the AHL with Springfield Falcons and Rockford IceHogs, as well as stints in Slovakia and Denmark in 2014-15.

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