The Nottingham Panthers have announced a glamour pre-season fixture against their arch-rivals the Sheffield Steelers.

They face the Steelers in Nottingham on September 18 for the Aladdin Cup.

The Panther’s first pre-season fixture will be against the Cardiff Devils for the Diamond Jubilee Cup.

The first leg takes place in Cardiff on September 11 with the second leg at home on September 12.

The Panthers’ Director of Hockey, Gui Doucet told the club website: “These are two weekends of mouth-watering action to raise the curtain on the new season.

“It will be good for all three teams to get a measure of each other ahead of the new campaign.

“The excitement thrown up by the recent Elite Series showed how much the fans have been missing this great sport of ours so for the management of these three great clubs to get together to set the scene for the return to action is great news for everyone. Our thanks go to Intermotor for their support!”

The upcoming season will be the Panthers 75th at the Nottingham Ice Stadium.