Nottingham Panthers abuse will spur Sheffield Steeler on

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Chris Lawrence expects to be on the receiving end of some fans’ abuse tonight – but says it will only drive him on harder.

Sheffield Steelers’ new forward, who arrived after a short spell at Coventry Blaze did not work out, returns to Nottingham Panthers, where he scored 52pts in 51 games last term.

The 28-year-old Canadian right wing has already been back to the NIC with Blaze – and found the fans waiting to verbally ambush him: “There was a lot of energy,” he said.

“I was getting it a lot from the fans, which was pretty funny. I am sure I’ll get it ten-fold being a Steeler now.”

The former Tampa Bay Lightning draftee said cat-calling Panthers fans would be water off a duck’s back: “It is just fans being fans,” he added.

“I think it is all in good fun. I enjoy the banter back and forth. If anything it will fire me up. It should be an entertaining game and I am looking forward to it.”

Lawrence had a two-goal start to his Steeler career, but it came in a dire 4-5 home defeat by Edinburgh Capitals.

“As a group we cannot be giving away points like that,” he said.

“We definitely need to win those games. Maybe we just took them lightly at the beginning. They should have tried to help out the goalie a little bit more. We just weren’t good enough as a whole team.”

Lawrence, who played 181 games in the AHL said he was ‘not sure’ what went wrong for him at Coventry.

“I am happy to be here now, a change of scenery. I wish the best for the guys on the Blaze and hope they have a good season,” he said.