Kevin Bergin

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We grabbed ex-Panther and guest of the Elite League Kevin Bergin for a quick Q&A during the second semi-final between Belfast and Coventry.  Kevin has been over in France after leaving the Nottingham Panthers at the end of the 2009-10 season and had become a fan favourite for his work rate, physical presence and willingness to drop the gloves with some heavyweight enforcers.

Hi Kevin, great to see you again. What’s it like to be back in Nottingham?

It’s always a good feeling to walk back in here, all the fans still recognise you, walking down the street, into the building, it’s a packed house, the atmosphere, it’s always special.

Would you consider playing the UK if there was an opportunity?

Well of course, I enjoyed my time, especially here at Panthers.  It’s a great league, lots of fun and I would never say a bad thing about England and if I ever had an opportunity to come back I’d be happy.

How do you rate the Panthers team this year?

They have a good PK, K-Wall’s been outstanding.  They’ve been solid all year, I’ve been following on the Elite League show and watching the highlights so my money would be on them to win tomorrow.

Who would you say has been your outstanding player?

Well David Ling obviously has brought a lot more than just his goals, his assists.  He’s an experienced player, he’s brought grit, I’ve seen the highlights against Sheffield and everybody wants to kill him so he gets people off their game, so it’s not only the amount of points he’s brought.  He’s the kind of player like Bruce Richardson but a little more skills.

What are your plans for next season?

I don’t know yet.  Right now I’m a free agent.

So if Corey Neilson calls…

I’m a free agent and we’ll see what happens. Right now I’m a tied up in France with a French girl so right now the first option might be to go back to France but I’d never keep the door shut to any offers.

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