The Nottingham Lions have announced first three of six special guests that will joining their roster for their charity challenge match against Great Britain Under-20s , at the National Ice Centre and all three are products of the Nottingham Junior system.
Former Lions Marc Levers, Tom Norton and Will Weldon are the first players announced to make a return to their former home ice pad to boost the Lions ranks.
The trio currently play for EPL side Peterborough Phantoms and are former GB internationals themselves.
Levers iced for the Lions during the 2000/01 season and has had a glittering career in UK hockey, winning two Elite League titles, six Challenge Cups and three Elite League Play Off championships, during his time with the Panthers and the Belfast Giants.
Nottingham-born defenceman Norton spent four seasons with the Lions between 2006 and 2010. He then went on to be part be part of a Panthers squad that won a plethora of trophies between 2010 and 2014.
Weldon was involved with the successful Nottingham Junior programme from 2006-2011 picking up many accolades. Between 2009-2011 he played 47 times for the Lions scoring an average of a point per game during this time. As well as dressing with the Panthers a handful of times he has amassed over 200 games in the EPL with Peterborough.
The rest of the line up is as follows:-
Head Coach Matt explained "It's key that we strengthen our team for the evening to ensure that we do the best to push the GB side. The level of the GB20's is something else and you only have to look at their roster to know their is going to be some great talent on show for the fans to see and for our guys to pit their wits against."
"It's going to be great to have these three players back together with the current squad and I know they will link up great and it'll be a tremendous experience for our youngsters too."
Finally Matt spoke further about the game and Tuesday's Lions team "We've agreed for a further three players to join the team on Tuesday and will announce them prior to the game and they will be similar mould to the guys we've announced today."
All tickets are priced at just £3 and can be purchased from the NIC box office Tuesday night, with all proceeds going to the Lions' charity partner Special Olympics Nottinghamshire. Face off at the National Ice Centre is 7.30pm.