PANTHERS OFF TO SPAIN

Nottingham Panthers, the UK’s representative in the IIHF Continental Cup, will begin their campaign in Spain at the second-round stage.

Panthers will come up against hosts CH Jaca, along with Latvian side Liepaja and a group winner from the first round.

The tournament will take place from 21st to 23rd October, with the winners of Group B off to Denmark to November.

See the full Continental Cup schedule below…

CONTINENTAL CUP

First round, 30 September – 2 October 2016:

Group A in Sofia, Bulgaria: Irbis-Skate Sofia (BUL), Partizan Belgrade (SRB), Zeytinburnu Istanbul (TUR), HC Bat Yam (ISR).

Second round, 21-23 October 2016:

Group B in Jaca, Spain: Nottingham Panthers (GBR), HK Liepaja (LAT), CH Jaca (ESP), Winner Group A.

Group C in Tychy, Poland: GKS Tychy (POL), DVTK Jegesmedvek Miskolc (HUN), Dunarea Galati (ROU), Acroni Jesenice (SLO).

Third round, 18-20 November 2016:

Group D in Odense, Denmark: Angers Ducs (FRA), Odense Bulldogs (DEN), HC Donbass (UKR), Winner Group B.

Group E in Ritten, Italy: Shakhtyor Soligorsk (BLR), Ritten Sport (ITA), Beibarys Atyrau (KAZ), Winner Group C.

Final, 13-15 January 2017:

The top-two ranked teams of Group D and the top-two ranked teams of Group E advance to the Continental Cup Final. Host to be determined.