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Nottingham Panthers complete famous treble

Nottingham Panthers' (left-right) head coach Corey Neilson, owner Neil Black and general manager Gary Moran Credit: Simon Cooper/EMPICS Sport

Nottingham Panthers capped one of their greatest ever seasons last night as they won the Elite League playoff final to complete the championship treble.

The Panthers defeated the Belfast Giants 3-2 at the Capital FM Arena in overtime.

Nottingham Panthers celebrate Elite League win

Nottingham Panthers have celebrated their prestigious win with hundreds of fans at a Civic Reception last night.

The Lord Mayor of Nottingham hosted the event to celebrate Panthers' first Elite Ice Hockey League win since the club reformed in 1980.

The team arrived by bus in front of the Council House and then staged an immediate balcony appearance for the fans outside.

Canadian-born Panther, Brandon Benedict, said the crowd was unbelievable.

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Nottingham Panthers to be honoured with civic ceremony

Stephen Lee, Nottingham Panthers Credit: Simon Cooper/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Nottingham's ice hockey stars will be honoured tonight with a Civic Reception after winning the national Elite League title.

Players and staff will travel to the city's Council House by double-decker bus this evening, before appearing on the building's balcony with the Elite League trophy.

Fans are expected to gather in front of the council building.

Nottingham Panthers crowned Elite League Champions

The team were presented the trophy last night but will not officially be lifting it until next Friday night

The Nottingham Panthers have been crowned Elite League Champions.

They beat the Belfast Giants 5 - 3 last night. Matt Francis scored an empty-net goal to win Panthers the game.

The team were presented the trophy last night but will not officially be lifting it until next Friday night when they take on the Cardiff Devils at Nottingham's Capital FM Arena, a fitting homecoming for them.

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