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So that was the season that was

What a first NIHL season we have had!  Last summer was spent rebuilding the club from the ground up.  We started with an empty locker room and had to fill it with the right people and the right stuff to make us a competitive team out on the ice.  It took a monumental effort from so many people to make this happen.  Now, a bit earlier than we'd hoped due to the crazy world we are currently living in, we'd like to give our thanks to everyone who made this possible. Let's start with our team of players who came together to compete as the Lightning.  Some signed early, others stepped up and came out of retirement to help us when injuries hit.  In the end, we were blessed to have you all with us and we were carrying some serious momentum and form into the playoffs.  Who knows what would have happened! They are supported by our off-ice team of Andy and Dan [...]

2020-03-25T18:49:09+01:00March 25th, 2020|


National Ice Hockey League press release The EIHA/NIHL had planned to deliver a number of events through April which are now postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. These NIHL Championship Series events are: NIHL National Final Four due to be held in Coventry on 17th and 18th April NIHL Division 1 Finals due to be held in Sheffield and Bracknell on 11th and 12th April NIHL Division 2 Finals due to be held in Widnes and Alexandra Palace on 4th and 5th April Discussions are ongoing amongst the league and venues in regard to the next step for these events. Once a decision has been reached, information will then be sent to all ticket holders in regard to any rearranged dates or refunds. We would ask at this time that you do not contact any of the venues for a refund while these provisions are made. Due to the truly unprecedented and unique circumstances faced, there is understandably a tremendous backlog of administrative work caused through the cancellation of numerous league, playoff [...]

2020-03-20T10:35:57+01:00March 20th, 2020|

Update on Ticket Refunds

Refunds are now being processed for the match vs. Telford on 21st March as follows: 1) Online sales: these will be automatically refunded and should be with you within 10 working days 2) Telephone and over-the-counter sales: please call the Planet Ice Box Office on 01908 540020 to arrange your refund. Please have your Booking Confirmation (found under the barcode on your tickets "YOUR TICKET REFERENCE NUMBER IS ORDER NUMBER: #6***) and email address to hand. In line with Government advice on limiting social interactions, please telephone the rink to arrange for the refund to be processed in the first instance. Do not go to the rink - should any face to face interaction be required regarding the refund - this will need to be arranged individually when you speak to them. For Playoff Finals weekend in Coventry, this event is not under MKL's management but we will continue to try and gain clarity for you as to what is happening for people who [...]

2020-03-19T16:06:55+01:00March 19th, 2020|

Thanks for your patience while we sort things out

Hi everyone, Since the EIHA announcement of the suspension of the season, we've been working hard to bring everything into order.  We've been helping our players get to where they need do, so Taylor Dickin has headed home to Canada.  Tomas and Robin are working in the MK area so are remaining nearby for now.  We also finished up all of the kit cleaning and drying to make sure that it remains in good condition and that we don't have to have MKL staff heading into the rink now that the advice is to work from home. You will have some questions for us, and we will aim to give you some firm advice on the following as soon as we can: Process for refunds for Saturday's cancelled fixture vs. Telford Playoff weekend refunds Own and Loan shirt presentations Refunds for any group / VIP / Bench with the Lightning Arrangements for next season including season ticket sales, sponsorships, own and loan etc We [...]

2020-03-18T10:41:56+01:00March 18th, 2020|

All NIHL Games Cancelled for Remainder of Season

Information as of 9pm Monday 16th March IHUK, EIHA and SIH have met to confirm all competitive activity sanctioned by the EIHA and SIH up to and including 31st May 2020 is cancelled from Tuesday 17th March 2020 with a further statement on 1st May 2020 for all competitive activities after 31st May 2020.  All leagues operated by the EIHA and SIH will be amended over the next 48 hours to complete standings for the 2019/20 season. Training may continue subject to current government advice. We will come back to you with more details of what happens next as soon as we can.  Take care of each other and please do continue to follow relevant government and public health advice. On behalf of Lewis and the boys, we'd like to express our thanks to all our fans, volunteers, sponsors and partners who have made our inaugural NIHL a brilliant experience albeit with an abrupt end. We salute you MK Hockey Family and we will be back soon. [...]

2020-03-16T21:00:32+01:00March 16th, 2020|

Further update regarding 2 MKL Players

We have seen some comments around 2 MKL players self-isolating and we'd like to clarify the situation.  These two players circumstances are a separate issue from our reasons for not playing today - those reasons still stand from our post this morning. No MKL players have symptoms. The housemate of one of our players has symptoms and the player chose to remain away from the team as soon as that was known.  He has not been at the rink, trained nor had any contact with any MKL staff or team.  He is not showing any symptoms. Another player came to the rink and talked with some of the Sheffield and MK players.  We then spoke to him and during the conversation it emerged that his fiancee works on a hospital ward with potential exposure to COVID-19 patients.  On hearing this we sent him home as a precautionary measure.  At that time we didn't know he'd had any contact with any Sheffield player or his [...]

2020-03-15T13:37:09+01:00March 15th, 2020|

Postponing fixtures to manage COVID-19 risk

In the early hours of this morning, Leeds Chiefs released a statement regarding the postponement of today's fixture.  We'd like to give further details as to why this has occurred. Immediately after last night's game, our players had a team discussion and then requested a meeting with the MK Ice Hockey Club Board to let us know that they had clear and genuine concerns regarding the risks that continuing to play hockey this season is putting on them and their families. We met with our Captain and Coaches after the game to consider and discuss the risks that the Covid-19 pandemic is presenting.  Although there is currently no governmental restriction on the fixture, as employers we have a duty of care to the physical and mental health of our staff and their families.  Our view is that this means we should not play in Leeds today and it is our view that the league competition should be suspended immediately.  In detail, our reasons are [...]

2020-03-15T08:20:39+01:00March 15th, 2020|

Smith Recycling MKL v. Sheffield 14th March Match Preview

Saturday 7th March 2020, Face off 7pm, Doors Open 6:00pm Tickets available here Sheffield Steeldogs make their last league visit of the season to Planet Ice on Saturday when the battle is on between sixth and seventh placed teams. For anyone thinking that the game is of little consequence, try telling that to both sets of players who will be giving their all for the bragging rights as the campaign goes into the business end of the competition with the play-offs looming just a couple of weeks away. Lightning, Steeldogs and Hull Pirates are locked in an almighty fight for positions five to seven with just two points separating the two northern outfits and MK squeezed in the middle. Hull have a game in hand on their two rivals but all three teams could still finish fourth – if Basingstoke Bison drop points. If MK and Sheffield finish sixth and seventh – in any order – they will meet again in the play-off [...]

2020-03-14T09:40:18+01:00March 14th, 2020|

Coronavirus Update 12th March

Information as of 17:05 Thursday 12th March We’d like to share some information about how we as a club are monitoring Coronavirus and to confirm that, in light of the latest briefing from the Government just now, this weekend’s fixtures will go ahead as normal. On Saturday we are home to Sheffield, and tickets remain on sale as normal online, by phone or in person.  The match will run as normal, and there will be no restrictions on crowd sizes or entry arrangements.  There are no planned changes to league, playoff or Coventry finals weekend arrangements at this time.  We are in contact with the league so that we can engage with any planned changes as and when they arrive. We are working to ensure that our on-ice and off-ice team are looked after during this period, and in line with Government advice we are asking anyone with any symptoms (37.8 Celsius or above temperature, and/or a new and continuous cough) to stay [...]

2020-03-12T17:33:45+01:00March 12th, 2020|

A2B Airport Transfers Match Report: Hull 5 – 4 Smith Recycling MKL

Match Reports are brought to you in association with A2B Airport Transfers Hull Pirates 6, Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning 5 A Tomas Kana hat-trick was not quite enough to ensure Smith Milton Keynes Lightning success on Humberside when they lost out by the odd goal in 11 as the battle for mid-table places continued on Sunday. While on the face of it the finishing spots in the middle of the National Ice Hockey League may not seem to matter in fact they do in determining the end of season play-off groups. Fifth spot would mean Lightning playing the league champions but avoiding the second and third placed teams. With the top two teams in each group qualifying for the Coventry finals weekend fifth place would, on paper, be preferable. Lightning went into Sunday’s game in that coveted fifth place but the 6-5 loss at Hull Pirates meant they slipped to sixth – despite that there is still all to play for [...]

2020-03-09T19:55:42+01:00March 9th, 2020|