Nottingham Panthers forward Robert Farmer downplays his own progress after landing award for second time in three years


Robert Farmer has established himself as one of the very best British players in the Elite League, with his form last season seeing him named Ice Hockey Player of the Year at the Nottingham Post Sports Awards 2017.

It was the second time in three years Farmer has taken the honour, sponsored by Breedon Electrical Services, at the East Midlands Conference Centre.

Last week he pipped Jeff Brown and Erik Lindhagen to the award on the back of an impressive season in which scored 51 points in 67 games.

The 26-year-old is often loathe to talk about his own qualities. Instead he prefers to focus on trying to improve every day through hard work.

Robert Farmer in action for Great Britain

“I just go to work and do my thing. I don’t look at personal accomplishments,” he said.

“I do my job, but yes, of course it’s nice to win stuff like this.

“I’m always working to get better. In any professional sport there should be a drive to be the best you can be.

“In Nottingham we are given the resources and the people around you to make that happen.

“I’m someone who likes working hard, so hopefully I can keep improving. Hopefully I keep getting better.”

The Great Britain international was pleased with his personal efforts last season. He takes pride in Panthers becoming the first team from this country to win a major European competition after they lifted the Continental Cup in January.

That triumph secured access into the Champions Hockey League with Panthers going on to make the last 16. They will face Zurich Lions in the first leg of the tie on Tuesday night.

Jeff Brown dropped the gloves
Jeff Brown was an awards finalist

“I had a good year. We’d like to have done better as a team in the domestic stuff, but we had the big Continental Cup success,” Farmer said.

“Considering how we’ve built on that this season, last year can be looked at as a success. I was glad to be a part of it.

“In a few more years when we’re all retired we’ll look back on what we did in the Continental Cup I’m sure.

“The main thing right now is that it got us in the Champions League and we’re doing something really special in that at the moment.

“It’s great to be a part of those accomplishments.”

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On top of this year’s European exploits, Panthers are up to second in the Elite League after beating Milton Keynes Lightning and Coventry Blaze at the weekend.

Farmer is confident the team can claim honours this season, but even he is unsure just how good they can go on to become as the campaign progresses.

“I’m not sure how good we can be. We’ve got a good team and good group of guys that come in and work hard,” he said.

“We’re trying to get better every day. We’re all confident that at some point we’ll get on a big role and put ourselves in a position to win whatever we can.”



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