Nottingham Panthers release stellar netminder who was hurt at Sheffield Arena

Miika Wiikman stretchered off at Sheffield Arena. Pic Dean Woolley
Miika Wiikman stretchered off at Sheffield Arena. Pic Dean Woolley

Miika Wiikman, the brilliant Nottingham Panthers goaltender who was stretchered off after an apparent neck injury at Sheffield Steelers earlier this month, has been released by the club.

The Finnish goaltender recovered after treatment and a rest and was surprised to be shown the door, especially after receiving the club’s Most Valuable Player award. The 32-year-old told the Nottingham Post that he’d be happy to return to an Elite League rival.

Steelers recently announced they had re-signed Ervins Mustukovs for a year.

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