Josh Ward

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With Nottingham’s Brit contingent widely regarded as the best in the league we caught up with the youngest of the full squad, forward Josh Ward, who has impressed over recent seasons after summer camps at Corey Neilson’s training school in the USA.  We spoke to Josh after the Panther’s semi-final victory over the Cardiff Devils about Corey, David Ling and the possibility of a Grand Slam.

As one of the youngest players on the team, what advice would you give to aspiring hockey players?

Make sure you work hard, that’s the biggest thing.  If you have a goal to play at a high level then make sure you keep that goal and keep working until you reach it.

What’s it like working for Corey Neilson?

It’s fantastic.  I’m obviously very grateful for the opportunity that Corey gives me every time I get to go on the ice.  I’ve been around Corey in the Nottingham set up from a very early age so it’s been nice to see Nottingham grow as a hockey team as well as with Corey being the coach, so it’s been good.

What are your plans next year, or for the next few years?

I’d hope to be in and around Nottingham as much as I can.  It’s a great city, fantastic fans, and I’ve played my junior hockey here so it’s obviously the team I always aspired to play for.   As well we’ve got the success we’re having now so it would be good to continue that.

With all the great imports we’ve had this season, what’s one of the most difficult things about getting on the ice with them?

You know, possibly just the nerves.  You’re playing with a guy like David Ling who’s played in the NHL and the experience he’s had you just want to play well for him and you want to do a good job, but you know those guys are so experienced and talented they make it very easy for young guys like myself to step up and play a part.

After reaching the milestone of a first league title in over 50 years, we’re now one game away from a treble…

…the old Grand Slam as they call it.

…how’s the general mood in the camp?

It’s very calm actually for what we’re about to be part of I think.  You know, obviously guys are thinking about [it].  I’m sure the celebrations if and hopefully when it happens will be good.