Ice hockey - a big deal for Phantoms as Norton extends his contract

Tom Norton has extended his Phantoms contract.
Tom Norton has extended his Phantoms contract.
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Peterborough Phantoms have persuaded one of the major stars of their English Premier League Play-Offs triumph to extend his contract.

Classy defenceman Tom Norton has agreed to an extra season with the Bretton-based club. He was already under contract for next season, but will now also play in Phantoms colours in 2016/17.

It will be a major boost for player-coach Slava Koulikov as he plots further success in the coming years after agreeing a new three-year deal of his own.

Norton said: “Slava is building something special here and I want to be a part of it.

“Being part of a team that won the play-offs was an unreal experience and I can honestly say it will be one of my best hockey memories.

“But it’s time to look forward now. We have to build on our success from last season and give the fans more to cheer about.”

The vast majority of the trophy-winning squad of last season are expected to remain at Planet Ice.

Local lad Luke Ferrara has departed after securing a full-time switch to Elite League champions Sheffield Steelers while fringe forward Mason Webster will not return.

Speculation also suggests that Lithuanian international forward Donatas Kumeliauskas, who was picked up in January, won’t be back.

Rumours have strongly linked the club with a swoop for Sheffield Steeldogs forward Lloyd Gibson.