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‘Game On’ for September! 2020/21 Season Complete.

We are ‘Game On’ for September.  Things are starting to move...here's the latest from the NIHL Owners Group. The end of March saw the conclusion of the Spring Cup which was a fantastic online showcase of hockey, great entertainment and a deserved overall victory for the Sheffield Steeldogs.  Congratulations to all involved. The five clubs who participated looked carefully at the options to continue playing into April and May, but have decided that this is not possible. We would like to thank our fans, rink operators, EIHA and Andrew Miller for their support in making the Spring Cup a success. Following on from that series, the NIHL Owners Group has been working together and has agreed that we are now planning and preparing to play the 2021/22 season.  This is a great moment as we start to move on from survival mode into taking the steps back towards more normality in our game. To the owners, it feels like cooperation and communication between us [...]

2021-04-06T18:19:36+01:00April 7th, 2021|

Thank you all!

So that was The Streaming Series that was.  Three weekends of the first live hockey the UK has seen since March, and we have to say we’ve had a great time.  Managing to grab the win away in Sheffield on Sunday night gave us a boost in what was a learning experience on and off the ice, and we’re so glad that we were a part of this experiment with the Cats and the Dogs. The series came about after an ongoing set of conversations that the NIHL National owners group has been having over the past few months.  Over the course of these discussions, we eventually emerged with the three Streaming Series teams deciding to take the plunge and get back on the ice.  We committed to work together, and also to share the experience and learnings we gained back with the other owners so that we could all together focus on bringing back the game we love in a way which is [...]

2020-12-01T19:03:20+00:00December 1st, 2020|

What you need to know about the Live Stream on 28th November

MK Lightning vs Sheffield Steeldogs On Saturday 28th November All in Black Milton Keynes Lightning will host our final live stream as part of the NIHL National Streaming Series. The stream will start at 6.45pm to make sure you can see the warm up and watch the show getting ready for face off at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12 and can be booked by clicking here Please buy early - you are emailed a link that you need to access the live stream. Streaming Ticket – Additional Viewer (Optional) £3 If there's a group of you watching, how about buying additional viewer tickets? You don't get anything extra, but every little helps with your support of the club so if you feel you'd like to give a little more then choose this ticket! Supporters Club Competitions We may not be able to have fans in the MK arena, but we will still bring your favourite competitions to you with the Supporters Club Hockey wouldn't be [...]

2020-11-27T12:22:28+00:00November 27th, 2020|

MATCH REPORT 21/11/20: AIB MILTON KEYNES LIGHTNING 4 : 5 SWINDON WILDCATS

All in Black Milton Keynes Lightning just came up short when they were edged out 5-4 by Swindon Wildcats in their second meeting of the Streaming Series at Planet Ice on Saturday. After losing 8-6 in the first meeting the previous Saturday hopes of evening up things were dashed by three third period strikes by the Wiltshire visitors. An edgy but even first session which ended with one goal apiece gave little indication of what was to come. As the second period went on Lightning gained a grip on the encounter by the mid point to finish the session 4-2 to the good. However that advantage was wiped out by a pair of Swindon strikes within the first three minutes of the third and from then on Lightning looked to be on the back foot for much of the remainder of the game. Lightning started with two new defencemen in their ranks - Zach Sullivan from Manchester Storm and former Wildcat Paul Swindlehurst, more [...]

2020-11-24T07:51:15+00:00November 24th, 2020|

What you need to know about the Live Stream on the 21st November

MK Lightning vs Swindon Wildcats On Saturday 21st November All in Black Milton Keynes Lightning will host our first live stream as part of the NIHL National Streaming Series. The stream will start at 6.15pm to make sure you can see the warm up and watch the show getting ready for face off at 7pm as usual. Tickets are £12 and can be booked by clicking here Please buy early - you are emailed a link that you need to access the live stream. Streaming Ticket – Additional Viewer (Optional) £3 If there's a group of you watching, how about buying additional viewer tickets? You don't get anything extra, but every little helps with your support of the club so if you feel you'd like to give a little more then choose this ticket! Face in the crowd - You can buy your "Face in the Crowd" for all matches played behind closed doors up until midnight on Wednesday 18th November.   More details here.  [...]

2020-11-20T17:03:57+00:00November 18th, 2020|

Streaming Series Roster Finalised with Reinforcements

Rounding out our roster for the Streaming Series we are delighted to welcome back a couple of players with AIB MK Lightning experience. Bolstering our defence is David Clements who has spent the last 5 seasons with Coventry Blaze in the Elite League.  Clemo played 23 games for Lightning in a side which featured current MKL stars Grant McPherson,  Leigh Jamieson, James Griffin, Bobby Chamberlain, Eddie Knaggs, Lewis Christie and Ross Green.   Also part of that team is our second reveal today.  Please welcome back Lewis Hook.  Hooky played 4 seasons for Lightning and left us a couple of years ago to join Belfast Giants, where he has picked up 37 points in 107 Elite League regular season games.  He’s well known for his speed, agility and skill.  He will join us whilst he considers a number of top European and UK options for his next step. Lewis Clifford had this to say about the guys: “I’m really happy to have Hooky and Clemo [...]

2020-11-07T20:17:50+00:00November 7th, 2020|

Streaming Series Reinforcements: Benny’s back, and Ross Venus signs

The Reinforcements Let us introduce you to two -  one returnee and one brand new player. Returning to the line up is Ben Russell (who will now wear #55).  Ben made 41 appearances for AIB MKL last year, picking up 1 goal and 6 assists.  He joined us from Streatham, having previously made appearances for Peterborough, Manchester, MKL and some time in North America.  Welcome back Ben and thank you for stepping in! In a new addition to the line up, we welcome Ross Venus who joins us from Coventry Blaze.  26 year old Ross is an accomplished all round hockey player, having spent 10 seasons in the Elite League, and appeared for the GB team in a number of World Championship and Olympic Qualifier games.  Last season he grabbed 15 goals and 22 assists for the Blaze making him one of the top Brit points scorers in the league.  Ross will wear number #59. AIB MKL Head Coach Lewis Clifford had this to [...]

2020-11-05T15:18:35+00:00November 5th, 2020|

Streaming Series: Four players step back for the series

As we prepare for the first game of the Streaming Series we’d like to share with you some updates to our roster. Working with our players and coaching staff over the last few weeks as we have been preparing for the games, we took a straightforward view: everyone has different circumstances and perspectives to their personal life and there would be a free choice for anyone on our team as to whether they would like to be involved in the series. We worked through this with each player, Cliff and Ross to understand what they wanted to do and how we could support this. Four of our fantastic players have decided that this series is not for them and we fully support and respect their decisions.  Let’s be clear, each of these players are a fully valued member of the MK Lightning hockey family, and continues to be on our roster and part of our squad going forward - they just won’t be part [...]

2020-11-05T15:21:45+00:00November 5th, 2020|

Harry’s over the moon to be back with MKL for another year

“Last season Harry was deservedly our most improved player, which is testament to the hard work he put in and the positive attitude he bought to the room, bench and ice every night.”  These are the words of MK Lightning Head Coach Lewis Clifford as he described our latest signing for 2020/21.  Please welcome back Harry Ferguson for his third MK Lightning season. 21-year-old Harry was born in Elgin the north of Scotland, and spent the early part of his career in Moray and Edinburgh, including over 70 Elite League games with Murrayfield / Edinburgh Capitals.  He spent a brief period in the New Zealand league before returning to the UK to Milton Keynes in Lightning’s final Elite League season, via a short stint in Peterborough.  Last year, he made 45 MKL appearances, picking up 12 goals and 12 assists, and 97 minutes in penalties. Cliff had this to say about last year’s performance from Harry saying: “It took us a while to get [...]

2020-08-18T11:59:40+01:00August 7th, 2020|

GB Under 20 Assistant Captain Sam Russell to return to Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning for 2020/21

Welcome back to Sam Russell whose return to UK hockey last year following a stint in North America the year before was spectacular, with him picking up international honours with GB Under 20s at the World Championships, establishing himself as a regular fixture in the MKL defence corps as well as a few shifts up front from time to time.  That’s why we are delighted to see Sammy put pen to paper for 2020/21. This time last year, we were writing that this was to be a breakthrough year for Sam and he really stepped up and adjusted well in his first year of senior Ice Hockey.  Cliff picks up the story: “I’m really happy to have Sammy back in the team. Last season I was excited to see him in his first season as a senior after coaching him as a very young man before he went overseas and he really didn’t disappoint.” Sam had this to say about his return: “To say [...]

2020-05-08T18:04:51+01:00May 8th, 2020|
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