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Re-live the 2010 bench clearance

4th December 2010. A date that will live forever long in Coventry Blaze’s history - the Nottingham Panthers bench clearance.

Hundreds of thousands of people have seen it, but what happened in the game to cause all hell to break loose?

This Sunday we will re-live it by premiering the full game from 4pm on Blaze TV.

To this day there is no love lost between the two sides, but even before this famous night in 2010 there was a frosty relationship between the two clubs.

It was in 2008/09 when the rivalry really heated up with the Panthers’ hiring of a ‘brash’ Canadian player-coach Corey Neilson.

Quoted in November 2008 as saying “Coventry are not the team they used to be, and the mystique is over,” a riled Paul Thompson hit back stating, “the comments by an apprentice show that Nottingham are still Team Hollywood – all talk and no show.”

After winning a fourth Elite League Championship to prove Neilson’s words wrong in March 2010, it all came to a head for that generation of the Blaze and Panthers later in the year on that memorable December night.

Bench Clearance Online Raffles

As part of our virtual game-day experience we are offering you the chance to take part in two online raffles, a 50/50 draw and the opportunity to win a #15 David Broll 19/20 authentic player-issue jersey and game-used stick.