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NIHL National Owners See Good Progress in Return to Competition

The NIHL National Owners group met again last week and are collectively very pleased with the progress being made towards the return to competitive action in September. A number of key topics were reviewed and we’d like to give you a short update. Competing Teams All ten teams have confirmed their intent to participate in the league in 2021/22. As you may have seen in the news recently, there are some timing pressures on the completion of upgrades to Hull Ice Arena. As a group we are working to support Shane Smith and the Hull Pirates management and to provide as much flexibility as possible for Hull to participate in the league. We’re encouraged the Hull City Council has approved the Arena works, and urge them to deliver these to schedule. Fixtures These are currently in the early stages of development, with key agreements around conference structures and dates already agreed. We are awaiting the release of some key inputs to allow us to [...]

2021-06-11T17:56:22+01:00June 12th, 2021|

All Round Contributor Leigh Jamieson is back for 2021/22

In a great show of strength and consistency for the upcoming season, we’re delighted to reveal that Leigh Jamieson is our first signing for 2021/22. The 2019/20 Milton Keynes Lightning Defenceman of the Year brings over 500 league appearances for MKL as part of a career which also includes Elite experience and international honours at World Championships and Olympic qualifier levels. Leigh is MK born and raised and started his hockey career in the MK junior system playing for the Storm. He’s a huge presence on the ice and bagged 53 points to finish as 5th top points scorer in the 2019/20 and was a great leader on and off the ice thanks to his experience and character. Lightning Head Coach Lewis Clifford gave his views: “I’m really pleased that Jimba is our first signing for 2021/22. I trust him completely to deliver, and to set a great example to the younger guys on the team of what it takes to have a long [...]

2021-05-21T17:33:27+01:00May 21st, 2021|

All In Black Are Back for 2021/22 as Official Team Partner and Title Sponsor

We’re delighted that All In Black will be continuing as our Official Team Partner and title sponsor for the 2021/22 Season. As a Platinum Partner of MKL, they will continue their expanded and deepened relationship with the club which builds on a long term partnership. All in Black Group is the leading security, systems and training company in Milton Keynes. With over ten years experience operating across the city for clients in a range of sectors, AIB uses experience from Civilian, Police and Military backgrounds, to give their clients the insight and expertise to advise them on the right security requirements for their needs. AIB are Milton Keynes Lightning Official Team Partner Milton Keynes Ice Hockey Club CEO Claire Eason-Bassett told us what the role of Official Team Partner means to the club: “Bringing MKL back onto the ice after Covid means we need to have absolutely rock solid foundations and a safe and secure club. All In Black brings a wealth of experience [...]

2021-05-20T17:36:48+01:00May 20th, 2021|

Season Tickets 2021/22

We're pleased to let you know that Season Tickets for the 2021/22 season are now available allowing you to secure your place at the best possible price to watch Lightning hockey next season. With the world looking more optimistic about the ending of restrictions and the opening up of our sport, our thinking is that we give the most notice as possible to you all, and give you the option through our Direct Debit scheme to buy your tickets over a longer period of time. You'll have a lot of questions, so we've tried to answer as many of these as possible on our FAQs page here. Hopefully by giving you as much notice and as much information as we can, you are fully informed to make your purchasing decision. For full details, please visit this page Information Key information for the tickets is Last season (2020/21) places (for ticket holders and if you cancelled under the no-risk guarantee) held until 17th July at [...]

2021-05-17T18:59:10+01:00May 17th, 2021|

NIHL National Update

The NIHL National owners group has tonight released an update on an upcoming series of games which will be played during February and March. AIB MK Lightning was very much part of the planning and discussion of these fixtures, but we have decided not to take part in these games. We can see there are a number of benefits in these games taking place, but for us we would prefer to focus on our long term strength and sustainability with a view to participating in the full Season return to play we hope to see in September. We’ll maintain our close working relationship with the NIHL National owners group and will work out with them what role if any we’d like to play in phase 2 in April/May. Right now we’re not ruling this in or out. Returning to play is something we desperately want. It’s not just the return of players to the ice which is important, but the ability for everyone to [...]

2021-02-02T18:36:53+00:00February 2nd, 2021|

Virtual Air the Bear 2020

A year ago we were humbled by the generosity of MK Lightning fans when hundreds of bears were flung onto the ice after the first goal in our fixture against Sheffield Steeldogs. In these difficult times it’s not possible for us to run our annual fantastic Air the Bear event at a game so we are offering two different ways to participate in our Virtual Air the Bear. Donate to Willen Hospice With a lot of charities struggling for fundraising opportunities at the moment, we have decided to give you, the MKL fans the option to make a donation to Willen Hospice. Thank you for your support and generosity, the charity will hugely appreciate your support at this difficult time for everyone. For more details about Willen Hospice please head over to https://www.willen-hospice.org.uk/ Willen Hospice provides specialist end-of-life care for adults, focusing on four key areas: specialist symptom control, emotional support, spiritual support and care for carers.Often the most distressing aspect of living with [...]

2021-02-27T18:01:06+00:00December 14th, 2020|

NIHL National Update: Amazing Streaming Series Support and What Happens Next?

The NIHL National Owners Group met earlier this week to reflect on the Streaming Series and discuss the potential next steps in our plans to return to competitive play. There was general agreement that the Streaming Series provided valuable insight into the viability of behind-closed-doors play, and was very well supported by fans from across the UK. It provided fantastic entertainment over the three weekends and the group would like to extend huge thanks to everyone involved, including the clubs, rink operators, streaming providers and fans. Well done to all three teams who took part. Moving forward, we recognise that the world is changing and that there have been some positive developments in government guidance. Currently there are a number of NIHL National teams who are in Tier 2 areas which would potentially allow fans back in, subject to various rules and conditions, to watch games in person. There are also some in Tier 3 for which the restrictions are, at the moment, greater. [...]

2020-12-04T18:27:26+00:00December 4th, 2020|

Additional Defensive Depth with Zach

Following the first weekend of Streaming Series games, AIB Milton Keynes Lightning have added further depth to the defensive unit with the signing for the remainder of the Streaming Series of Zach Sullivan from Manchester Storm. Lightning Head Coach Lewis Clifford had this to say: "I’m really happy to have Sully on board for the remainder of the Streaming Series. We are a little short at the back at the moment so to have a player of his quality contact me and want to play is a huge boost. Sully is a solid Elite League defenceman and he will make the right plays at the right times to keep us moving up the ice and be a big help with our transition game." Zach added: "I’m really excited to be a part of MKL for the rest of the Streaming Series. Hopefully it is a huge success which showcases British hockey in the best possible way and leads to further games and a season [...]

2020-11-17T17:23:35+00:00November 17th, 2020|

Match Report 14/11/20: Swindon Wildcats 8 : 6 AIB Milton Keynes Lightning

Milton Keynes Lightning returned to the ice for the first time in eight months – pioneers in an experiment to bring back hockey without the fans as they travelled to Swindon Wildcats for the first of a series of six livestreamed games. While the result – an 8-6 defeat for Lightning may not be the one the team and fans would have wanted – the excellently produced stream attracted nearly 1,700 subscribers, some of them fans from clubs up and down the country, including those from a number of Elite League clubs starved of action. Both outfits drafted in players from the higher competition to fill gaps in their rosters – Lightning bringing back Lewis Hook from Belfast Giants plus Ross Venus and David Clements from Coventry Blaze. But it was some outstanding performances from the younger players, including man of the match, Ed Knaggs, that caught the eye. It was Wildcats’ recruit from Cardiff Devils, Matt Myers, who opened the scoring on 9mins [...]

2020-11-17T18:01:23+00:00November 17th, 2020|

Support AIB MK Lightning by becoming a Face in the Crowd!

AIB Milton Keynes Lightning are scheduled to play The Streaming Series behind closed doors, but you can still support the team by being a Face in the Crowd which will be displayed on a seat in the rink during the matches. Fans can buy a cut-out of their face and upper body, which will be displayed in the arena for all of the home matches where fans are unable to attend due to COVID restrictions. Why limit it to just you? You could have the whole family sat virtually in the rink! Each cut out costs £25 with an image of your choice printed on 100% recyclable material that is completely weatherproof. We’ll make sure the crowd is shown on MK Lightning TV and our official social media channels. The faces will be located in Blocks 4, 5, 6, and 7 to get maximum exposure on the stream. All orders must be received before Midnight on Wednesday 18th November to allow delivery time, and for us [...]

2020-10-30T09:31:43+00:00October 30th, 2020|
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