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Planning for a restart: Important Update from NIHL Teams

Representatives of the ten NIHL National teams met online recently to continue our ongoing series of planning sessions and we would like to update you on progress so far. We are pleased to confirm that we have all together agreed to set a target start date for the NIHL National league of 1st January 2021. In addition to this, there was collective agreement to aim to play hockey matches during late November and through December with a series of challenge games and a pre-season cup competition.  Details of the length of the regular season and the format of the cup competition and pre-season challenges will be shared once they are finalised. Having these dates in the diary gives the opportunity for teams to start to put in place the arrangements needed to safely and effectively return to play.  It is important to note that these are planning dates, and are subject to a number of points being resolved before teams can take to the [...]

2020-09-09T17:57:19+01:00September 9th, 2020|

Top young prospect Callum Field signs with Milton Keynes Lightning

“Player progression is a vital part of our ethos of running the club” said Milton Keynes Lightning CEO Claire Eason-Bassett.  That’s why we are thrilled to introduce you to an exciting young prospect who is making his step up into senior hockey for the first time.  Please welcome Callum Field to MKL. Northampton born Callum turned 16 just a month ago, and spent the majority of last season training with the MKL squad.  He brings good size, athleticism and a high compete level which will stand him in great stead for the next part of his development.  So far in his career he has made appearances for Milton Keynes, Sheffield and Nottingham juniors as well as a couple of stints in the Ontario junior system in Canada. MK Lightning Head Coach Lewis Clifford told us about Callum: “He is a young man with a lot of potential to go a long way in the game, and we are looking forward to helping him develop [...]

2020-09-04T17:32:21+01:00September 4th, 2020|

Power, points and presence in all 3 zones. Tomas Kana returns!

Goaltenders beware, the hardest shot is here once more as we welcome back last season’s top points scorer Tomas Kana for a second year in MKL colours. Czech born Tomas made 49 appearances last year, picking up 30 goals and 68 points in total, along with 133 minutes in penalties. 32-year-old Tomas brings back with him a hockey pedigree which includes appearances and points at the highest level.  He made his NHL debut in March 2010 for Columbus Blue Jackets, and picked up a couple of assists against Detroit a few games later.  He made his biggest mark that same year one league below as he picked up an impressive 15 goals and 28 points in 50 games for Syracuse in the tough AHL. Last year, as well as being our top points scorer, TK was a presence across all parts of the ice.  He showed great stick skills, physicality and a big presence on both the PK and PP as MK Lightning Head [...]

2020-08-27T21:45:29+01:00August 28th, 2020|

Join our MK Lightning League in the NHL Bracket Challenge

Although we have to wait a little longer to see our boys on the ice, there is hockey to enjoy with the Stanley Cup Playoffs that start tomorrow at 3pm Eastern Standard Time (8pm in the UK). To get us in the hockey spirit and to give you the chance to win a $1,000,000 top prize, we've set up our own MK Lightning League as part of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Bracket Challenge and we’d love you to join us. All you have to do is to head over to https://bracketchallenge.nhl.com/leagues/mk-lightning where you can create your account and signup  - all for free!  Your ‘bracket’ will automatically be submitted to the main competition where you could win $1,000,000 for a perfect match with the real results. But you need to be quick – all brackets have to be submitted by 8pm UK  time tomorrow before the puck drops on the first game. MKL CEO Claire gave some background as to how this has come [...]

2020-08-10T18:37:52+01:00August 10th, 2020|

NIHL National League: planning for a return to action

The management group representing the ten member teams of the National League have continued their Zoom meetings during the past 4 months, involving the EIHA’s Andrew Miller, to discuss the options in terms of resuming competitive hockey. The management group is a valuable forum for shared experiences and is being used to ensure a unified and consistent approach. All eyes are of course on the announcements from central and local government, Sport England, rink operators and again the EIHA in respect of relaxation of the restrictions and the slowly growing attendances allowed at public events and the required precautions and procedures. The ability for many rinks to be able to re-open “hopefully” 15th August is a welcome start and litmus test for the return to action planning. With that in mind the management group are to “meet” again around 29th August to discuss further, amongst other items:- Updates on potential start dates for the 20/21 season. Number of games to be played and competition [...]

2020-08-04T19:13:24+01:00August 4th, 2020|

Deeper defensive dependability as Lewis Christie signs for 2020/21

With the Milton Keynes Lightning team nearing completion, we’re delighted to confirm the return of our defensive rock Lewis Christie for an 11th season in MKL colours.  30 year old Edinburgh born Lewy brings vast experience with him from a distinguished career across the British leagues and international representation at under 18 and under 20 level.  Last season he made 40 appearances picking up a goal and 6 assists in a season which started late when Lewy stepped into the roster as short term injury cover after which we could never let him go! Lewy is thrilled to be back in the squad for another year: “We have a really solid team this year so I am really looking forward to playing for the team.  After 11 years with the club it was an easy decision for me to make to sign with MKL.  I’m hoping that this season can start as soon as possible in these uncertain times and we can get a [...]

2020-07-31T17:02:25+01:00July 31st, 2020|

Elegant puck moving defenceman Ed Knaggs returns to MK Lightning

In our third new arrival of the summer we are thrilled to see the return of a well-known and highly rated player to MK Lightning.  Please welcome back Ed Knaggs. 22 year old Hemel born Ed first appeared in a Lightning jersey in the 2014/15 season and despite his tender age has built great experience in the Elite League, NIHL and as a GB international at under 18 and under 20 level.  He joins us from Bracknell Bees where he spent last season, picking up 3 goals and 29 assists in 48 games – his most productive season yet in terms of points. With consistency the theme in MK Lightning Head Coach Lewis Clifford’s team building this year, we caught up with him to find out why this time he went outside and secured Knaggs’ services for this season: “There were a few areas I felt we needed to strengthen in at the end of last season.  A left handed puck moving defenceman was [...]

2021-02-27T17:45:25+00:00July 24th, 2020|

Goaltending tandem complete as Lawday commits to pull on the Zeus mask for 2020/21

Milton Keynes Lightning goaltending duties are in safe hands as we welcome back Jordan Lawday to the squad.  21 year old Jordan will be starting his third MK season after stepping up from MK Thunder to join Lightning at the beginning of last year.  He made 37 appearances and posted a 89.8% save percentage.   His strong 2019/20 season was unfortunately interrupted mid-way through the year by an injury as Lightning Head Coach Lewis Clifford explains: “Jordan had a bit of a stop start season last time round, but he showed in his performances why he’s so highly thought of in UK hockey circles. Since I first coached Jordan in the under 15’s I have seen him develop, improve and grow, and get better every year.”   Jordan himself felt his disrupted season affected his consistency a little, and is keen to get back at it: “I personally didn’t perform how I wanted to last year but it’s been a long summer of training [...]

2020-07-26T14:20:10+01:00July 17th, 2020|

Who needs Batman? Rockin’ Robin is back for MK Lightning!

“Kovy is a massively popular player in the room, a team first guy who isn’t out for personal stats or accolades.  He just wants to win.”  These are the words of Milton Keynes Lightning Head Coach Lewis Clifford speaking about the return of fan favourite Robin Kovar to the squad for the 2020/21 season.   Robin joined Lightning midway through last season from Bracknell, and had an immediate positive impact picking up 4 assists in his first game, on his way to 14 goals and 36 points in just 18 games.  His effect on the team was instant and long lasting, as Cliff explains: “Of all the changes we made last season, the biggest turning point in our fortunes for me was when we signed Kovy, who is a guy driven by success every day of his life both on and off the ice.”   It would have been an even great impact had Kovy’s season not been cruelly cut short when he sustained [...]

2020-07-10T20:10:28+01:00July 10th, 2020|

Thanks for your support for May…we make a difference

We'd like to give our thanks to you all, and to the Supporters' Club for the fantastic fundraising achievements during May with proceeds going to both the MK Hospital Charity COVID-19 appeal and MK Lightning. During the month, there were sales of limited edition merchandise as well as online raffle activity, and we're delighted that overall these activities raised a whopping £2047.82 to be split equally between the club and the charity. Speaking about the receipt of the cheque for £1023.91 and MK Hosptial Charity spokesperson said: "On behalf of Milton Keynes Hospital Charity, I would like to say a huge thank you to the Milton Keynes Lightning Ice Hockey Club, and to all of their fans, for supporting the May we make a difference campaign and for making such a generous donation towards our charity. The donation will be used to benefit patients, their families, and the staff who treat them at Milton Keynes University Hospital. We are so pleased to have your [...]

2020-07-08T15:50:25+01:00July 8th, 2020|
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