After two years in the ECHL with the Brampton Beast, Ontario Hockey League grad Tim Billingsley has signed with the Nottingham Panthers in the EIHL for 2017-18. Billingsley joins fellow OHL grad and former Beast teammate Jeff Brown. The Panthers are coached by another former OHLer Corey Neilson.
Tim Billingsley played five years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2006-07 to 2010-11 with the Toronto Majors, Mississauga Majors and Niagara IceDogs. He was a second round pick by the Majors at the 2006 OHL Priority Selection, 30th overall and moved with the team to Mississauga after his first year in the league.
In September, 2010, Tim was traded to the Niagara IceDogs for a fourth round draft pick and spent his final season with the team. Over his five years, the stay-at-home defenseman scored 12 goals and assisted on 53 for 65 points in 265 regular season games. In 36 playoff games, he added five assists.
The Phoenix Coyotes selected Billingsley in the seventh round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, 189th overall. His first pro action came in 2011-12, appearing in 15 Central Hockey League games with the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees before heading to Carleton University.
Tim was with the Carleton Ravens for four years from 2011-12 to 2014-15 and has since been in the ECHL with the Brampton Beast. A pretty clean blue liner with just 36 penalty minutes in 60 games with Brampton in 2016-17. He has never sat more than 95 PIM in a single season since his first year in the OHL. Hopefully, the EIHL will not turn him into a goon like it has to many Canadian players.
The Nottingham Panthers have been around in some form since 1946. The team has won the EIHL playoff championships five times since 2006-07 and play home games at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham, England. The venue opened in 2000 and seats 8,000 for hockey.
OHL grad Jeff Brown enters his second year with the Panthers in 2017-18. Brown played three years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2008-09 to 2010-11 with the Oshawa Generals and Windsor Spitfires. He wears the ‘A’ for Nottingham and was a teammate with Tim Billingsley with Brampton in 2015-16. Like Billingsley, Jeff also went through the CIS after the OHL.
Head coach Corey Neilson played four years in the Ontario Hockey League from 1993-94 to 1996-97 with the North Bay Centennials, Detroit Whalers and Barrie Colts. He played with the Panthers from 2006-07 to 2012-13 and has been head coach since 2008-09 (partially as a player/coach). Number 77 is retired in his honour by the Nottingham Panthers.
Tim Billingsley OHL Stats