Former NHL enforcer Brian McGrattan has joined the EIHL Nottingham Panthers for the upcoming season.
Selected in the fourth round (104th overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings, McGrattan played in 307 career NHL games spread across nine seasons, representing the Ottawa Senators, Arizona Coyotes, Calgary Flames and Nashville Predators during that span. He registered 10 goals and 27 points with 609 career PIMs.
He spent last season in the AHL with San Diego Gulls, registering nine goals and 17 points in 58 games with 144 PIMs.
Panthers’ head coach Corey Neilson described McGrattan as the “final piece we’ve been waiting for” adding:
“It was a vacancy we weren’t expecting to have to fill but things happen in sports and problems become opportunities.
“We wanted to sign a player with this kind of reputation for the fans. We’ve got our man.”
McGrattan replaces former St. Louis Blues and New Jersey Devils forward Cam Janssen on the Panthers roster. Janssen had been expected to return to the National Ice Centre this season, after signing a new two-year deal with the Panthers during the summer, but decided to step away from hockey last month after receiving an offer from a North American broadcaster to become a part of their media team.
The Hamilton, Ontario native is one of a number of former NHL players to move to the UK during the summer, with former Toronto and Philadelphia forward Jay Rosehill plying his trade for Braehead Clan while former Colorado Avalanche winger Patrick Bordeleau recently joined the Cardiff Devils for the upcoming campaign.
Having suffered a 3-1 loss against Coventry in the Challenge Cup last Sunday, Nottingham begins their Elite League campaign with a three-game road trip this weekend, taking on Dundee Stars on Friday night before facing Braehead and Fife Flyers on Saturday and Sunday respectively.