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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|

123 Internet Group, the creators of Zeus, to continue as our Official Digital Partner and Platinum Sponsor

123 Internet Group has renewed its Platinum Sponsorship of MK Lightning and will continue as our Official Digital Partner for the 2020/21 season building on their significant, multi-year involvement with Milton Keynes Ice Hockey Their relationship with the club has been phenomenal, and they have been absolutely critical in supporting us across a number of key marketing, creative and digital activities and we’re delighted that this will continue.  A year ago 123 Internet was at the heart of the creation of our Zeus brand, website, creative and advertising campaigns and have walked the walk in supporting us as a local business and helping us grow and thrive. 123 Internet Group’s CEO Scott Jones had this to say “I’m pleased to confirm our involvement for the upcoming season, both as a Platinum Sponsor and the MKL Official Digital Partner. We’ve seen such a positive change during the last season and have welcomed the close working relationship with the new owners. We look forward to the [...]

2020-05-04T18:03:21+01:00May 5th, 2020|

Season Tickets 2020/21

We're pleased to let you know that Season Tickets for the 2020/21 season are now available allowing you to secure your place at the best possible price to watch Lightning hockey next season. We thought long and hard about the right time to make tickets available given the huge levels of uncertainty and disruption everyone is facing in their daily life right now.  Our thinking is that we give the most notice as possible to you all, and give you the option through our improved 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 https://www.mk-lightning.co.uk/tickets/season-tickets-2020/ Information Key information for the tickets is: * Last season (2019/20) places held [...]

2020-05-04T17:09:09+01:00May 4th, 2020|

May…We Make A Difference

The amazing Milton Keynes Lightning Supporters Club have once again shown how much they care, and what they can do.  Here's what they had to say: During what are tough and worrying times at the present, it's fair to say that there are a lot of people on the front line who are going above and beyond during this crisis. As a Supporters Club, we have always prided ourselves on supporting and championing good causes, so when some of our members approached us asking if it was possible to support the good work being done by the local hospital and NHS as a whole, we decided to do something. Milton Keynes Lightning and the MKL Supporters Club are delighted to help launch “May...We Make A Difference”, a campaign in May to say thank you to our wonderful NHS and to help raise funds for the local hospital through the Milton Keynes Hospital Charity (https://www.mkhcharity.org.uk/ ) The SC will be producing a range of merchandise [...]

2020-05-03T12:42:04+01:00May 3rd, 2020|

Defenceman of the Year Leigh Jamieson commits for 2020/21

Following last week’s signing of James Griffin, we’re delighted to reveal a further strengthening of our defensive capabilities with the re-signing of last season’s Defenceman of Year Leigh Jamieson.  A long-time servant of the club, 34-year-old Leigh celebrated his 500th league appearance for MKL towards the end of last season, 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 dominant physical presence on the ice, with sharpshooting abilities gaining him 13 goals and 53 points last year.  But the stats don’t tell the whole story.  Very much a leader in the club, Jimba as he’s known to his teammates is a valuable addition to our team on and off the ice as Lightning Head Coach Lewis Clifford shares: “Obviously it goes without saying that I’m delighted to have Jimba back in [...]

2020-05-01T17:30:03+01:00May 1st, 2020|

EIHA and National League Statement 29th April 2020

The 10 clubs of the NIHL National League and representatives of the EIHA have been having regular conference & Zoom calls to discuss the way forward for the League and Play Offs. Firstly, we’d like to pay tribute to all those people from within the NIHL National League ice hockey family who are classed as key workers. Supporters, players, officials, owners or a loved one of a supporter, player, official or owner are on the frontline every day currently risking their own lives for others whilst fighting this deadly virus. We thank all of you for the services you are providing. In these unprecedented times as a league we are in discussion with the Skydome Arena and the EIHA with regards to the Final 4 Weekend and will be offering a tournament weekend in Coventry as a season opening celebration.  The event details will be released following the 7th May Government Announcement with regards to the current lock down and what further social distancing measures [...]

2020-04-29T18:18:01+01:00April 29th, 2020|

He hits hard, but his hands are silky. James Griffin is our second signing for 2020/21

We’re pleased to share with you Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning’s second signing for the 2020/21 season.  James Griffin – Griff - has committed to a sixth successive season in an MK shirt.  27 year old Oxford born Griff has been a hugely popular figure in the MKL team since his arrival, and brings speed, excitement and energy onto the ice along with great entertainment through his physical play.  Last season, despite suffering from a couple of nasty injuries, he posted 8 goals and 10 assists and 72 penalty minutes in 35 games.  He was our Assistant Captain and a great leader on and off the ice. MKL Head Coach Lewis Clifford tells us about one of the first players he got to put pen to paper: “I’m delighted to have Griff back on the roster and he is a key resigning.  He was hit with a few injuries last season, but that’s not unexpected for a player who plays the way and puts [...]

2020-04-24T18:13:51+01:00April 24th, 2020|

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|

NIHL GIVE UPDATE ON CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES FINALS SCHEDULED FOR APRIL

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|