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He skates at light speed for Lightning! Rio Grinell-Parke is back!

He’s one of the fastest players in the league and off the back of his best ever senior hockey points tally last year, we are thrilled that Rio Grinell-Parke will be pulling on a Lightning jersey again this upcoming season.  21 year old London born Rio appeared 45 times last year, amassing 13 goals and 29 points as well as 79 PIMs.  A favourite amongst many supporters for his work ethic, game impact and attitude, as well as his exceptional skating pace, this is sure to be a very popular signing amongst our fans. We caught up with Lightning Head Coach Lewis Clifford to get his views on Rio’s signing.  He started by praising Rio’s work-rate on the ice: “Rio is a pleasure to have as part of the team.  He is a player who has 2 settings, off and on, and on means 100% every time he steps foot on the ice. 99% isn’t in his vocabulary.” Early on in our season it [...]

2020-07-03T17:52:40+01:00July 3rd, 2020|

Further Firepower added as Bobby Chamberlain returns to MKL

The firepower continues to build for MKL as we welcome Bobby Chamberlain to the Lightning roster. 25-year-old Bobby joins us from Hull Pirates where he spent the previous 3 seasons, in a career that primarily centres around Hull teams, but which includes over 80 EPIHL games for MKL where he picked up 69 points. Bobby scored 37 goals and 71 points in 37 appearances in 2019/20 earning him 9th spot in the overall league scoring charts. This is a thrilling signing for MKL as Head Coach Lewis Clifford explains: “Bobby is a huge character and someone who I’m very excited to have in a MKL shirt when the season starts." "Over the last few seasons, his offensive stats have spoken for themselves, but that really is only a small part of the package we have brought him here for. He is a guy who will do whatever is needed for the team, whether it’s scoring an important goal, opening up space for his line [...]

2020-06-26T14:56:09+01:00June 26th, 2020|

Defensive depth continues to build with the return of Ross Green

The depth and experience in the defensive lines of MK Lightning continue to build as we are delighted to share with you the return of Ross Green for another MKL season.  Ross made 42 appearances last year picking up a goal and 12 assists and 42 penalty minutes in a string of strong and consistent performances in the team.  Now 28, Green - known to his team mates as Sloth – is continuing his long run as an MK hockey man in a career which started in the MK Storm junior system.  Proof to all of today’s juniors that you can make it too! MKL Head Coach Lewis Clifford paid tribute to Sloth’s long-term MK career saying “It’s great to have Sloth back on the team, a guy who knows exactly what it means to be an MK Lightning player and another one of our homegrown crew.” It’s a long term working relationship that Cliff has had with Sloth, whose family are also a [...]

2020-06-19T18:04:13+01:00June 19th, 2020|

The best team guy you could wish for. Halds is back with MKL for 2020.

Continuing our theme of team continuity, we’re delighted to let you know that Hallden Barnes-Garner is returning to MK Lightning for 2020/21. An MK junior, he spent time developing his hockey in Slough and Austria playing in the Eastern European junior league as well as time with MK Thunder before joining MKL last year. MKL Head Coach Lewis Clifford places massive stock in the performance and function of the team as a unit and picks players who will contribute to the whole. Halds is exactly in this mould as Cliff explains: “Halds is one of the best team guys you could wish for. He is loved by his teammates and always puts the team before himself. Hallden appeared 42 times for MKL last year, bagging a goal and 20 PIMs for his efforts. He took crucial shifts to take the pressure off the top lines and mix up the on-ice action, often disrupting opposition teams with his positioning, work ethic, and physicality. Still relatively [...]

2020-06-12T16:56:56+01:00June 12th, 2020|

Coach’s Player of the Year Brandon Stones is back between the pipes for 2020/21

Returning for a second season with Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning is shot-stopper Brandon Stones who joined us at the beginning of last year from Sheffield.  Brandon played 21 times for MKL, posting a .894 save percentage last season which was disrupted by an injury a couple of months into the schedule.  Despite this, he was a tremendous presence in the locker room and around the club and won the Coach’s Player of the Year at the end of season awards. Nottingham born Stones played his junior hockey in that city before spells across Sheffield, Edinburgh and Coventry in the Elite League, and a number of EPIHL and NIHL seasons at Sheffield via Telford.  He has represented GB at under 18 level. Brandon is the first of our netminding tandem to be revealed this year, and Head Coach Lewis Clifford is delighted to have him back for a second year: “Stonesy is the type of guy you would always want in your team, a [...]

2020-06-05T17:50:02+01:00June 5th, 2020|

His shirt is staying down from the rafters as MKL legend Grant McPherson commits for one more year!

There will be no re-retirement of the famous MKL number 9, as club legend Grant McPherson has signed for the 2020/21 season.  By very popular demand, Grant will be once again pulling on the Lightning jersey after last season reaching the tremendous milestone of 500 League games played for the team.  He was also voted as the Players’ Player of the Year, emphasising his role in the team and the respect he has earned from his peers. G himself is pretty chuffed to sign saying: “I am delighted to be back in Lightning colours for the up and coming season. By the sounds of things, Cliff is putting together a strong roster and although we’re not entirely sure when the new season will get underway, I can only but assure you, when it does, we will be ready to go. Lightning Head Coach Lewis Clifford underlined the role that G will play in the team: “As I have said before, leadership is one of [...]

2020-05-29T18:01:12+01:00May 29th, 2020|

News from MKL

We thought we'd get in touch to give you a bit of an update as to how things are progressing inside your Smith Recycling MKL.  There have been a few statements and updates issued from other sources over the last couple of days and we thought we'd do the same. Things we know 😁 There is a great deal of positive action around the club right now.  There's been a strong take-up of Season tickets, including around 70 brand new ticket holders who have secured their seat or standing position at the best possible price.  The Direct Debit scheme has been very popular and will continue to be offered until the end of July (though remember the number of payments you can spread your ticket over decreases the later you sign up).  It's worth mentioning that all of the Season Ticket receipts are being held in a separate bank account and as we said in the FAQs at the time of launch, if the [...]

2020-05-28T13:00:17+01:00May 28th, 2020|

Edgars Bebris to add to Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning attacking threat

We are delighted to reveal a brand new player for Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning. Please welcome Edgars Bebris to the club. 28-year-old Bebris was born in Latvia but spent his junior development years in Sheffield so qualifies to play as a Brit. At 6’4” and 198lbs he brings a strong physical dimension to his attack and critically picks up a significant points haul. Last year he bagged 32 goals and 33 assists for 65 points in 50 games, and 46 minutes in penalties. This put him 15th in the overall league scoring table. Head Coach Lewis Clifford has been clear that he wants to drive consistency and continuity in his squad for 2020/21 and so far we have revealed the return of five of last year’s team. However, the chance to pick up Bebris was a great opportunity because he’s a player Cliff has followed for years: “I have said a few times I don’t want to make too many changes to [...]

2020-05-21T16:27:32+01:00May 22nd, 2020|

Captain Russ Cowley to lead the team in 2020/21

After three D men, it’s time to add some more up front firepower to our squad.  We’re delighted to say that this player brings goals and assists and is also is a true leader in our team to drive us forwards in our next campaign.  Please welcome back your Captain, Russell Cowley. MKL Head Coach Lewis Clifford picks up the story: “This time last year when I signed Cowls I knew I was getting a top end performer at this level, and he did nothing but impress me week by week.”  That meant a points haul of 16+37 for 53 points in 34 games – an impressive return, in particular in a season interrupted by an injury.  Overall Cowley was our 4th highest point scorer last season. But it’s not just points scoring.  On and off the ice, Cowley’s impact was felt in his Captaincy role and Cliff talks about the importance of this: “Strong leadership is something that is hard to come by.  [...]

2020-05-15T17:21:17+01:00May 15th, 2020|

Season Ticket Direct Debit Scheme: Clarification of Dates

Thanks for all of your wonderful support in buying Season Tickets for the 2020/21 season.  As we have got into setting up all the Direct Debits, we have finalised some of the cutoff dates for each of the payment schemes.   As a reminder, seats are not confirmed until the Direct Debit is set up (the link is included in your booking email) that you need to click through and setup the Direct Debit. As you may have read, we offer Direct Debits with a payment up front then 5, 4, or 3 Direct Debit payments depending on when you sign up for the scheme.  There are some important dates you need to know in buying your ticket to get set up with the number of payments you wish.  These are as follows: If you wish to pay 1 month upfront, then 5 monthly payments in June, July, August, September and October you must purchase your ticket and set up your Direct Debit online [...]

2020-05-22T09:34:00+01:00May 12th, 2020|