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Top Rated Defenceman Ed Knaggs to return to the AIB MK Lightning Blueline

Top Rated Defenceman Ed Knaggs to return to the AIB MK Lightning Blueline Welcome back to top defenceman Ed Knaggs who is returning to AIB Milton Keynes Lightning for 2021/22. Knaggsy signed for Lightning in the aborted 2020/21 season, and made 4 appearances in the Streaming Series. He then went on to make 7 appearances for Raiders in the Spring Cup, picking up 3 assists. Lightning Head Coach Lewis Clifford has this to say about Knaggsy’s return to the club: “I’m really happy to bring Knaggsy back for the season. The previous off season, I felt that we had signed a gem which then ended up only being for the 4 game series which was a crying shame.” 23 year old Knaggsy started life as an MK junior before progressing his career in the Bracknell system. He made his Lightning debut in the 2014-15 season and played 2017-18 before spending some time at Peterborough and back in Bracknell. He is well known to [...]

2021-06-17T13:26:44+01:00June 18th, 2021|

Exciting Forward Zaine McKenzie signs with AIB Milton Keynes Lightning

Exciting Forward Zaine McKenzie signs with AIB Milton Keynes Lightning We’re thrilled to bring a brand new face to your AIB Milton Keynes Lightning with the arrival of competitive forward Zaine McKenzie who joins us after a year in the Ontario Hockey Academy in the 2019/20 season where he picked up 17 points in 43 games. This is Zaine’s first senior hockey contract. Kenilworth born Zaine will turn 18 just before the season begins, and has spent time with the Solihull, Nottingham and Coventry junior programmes before heading out for his season in Canada and has made appearances at Midlands conference level. Head Coach Lewis Clifford picks up the story: “Zaine contacted me a while ago saying he was thinking about coming back to play in the UK, I remember seeing him play at a conference tournament a few years back but I had to do some research. All of the references I got for Zaine were very positive and coupled with the [...]

2021-06-10T15:13:20+01:00June 11th, 2021|

Brandon Stones returns to the crease for AIB Milton Keynes Lightning in 2021/22

A few months on from backstopping a win in the autumn Streaming Series, we’re absolutely delighted that Brandon Stones has committed to AIB Milton Keynes Lightning for the 2021/22 Season. 28 year old Brandon first joined MKL in 2019 after a number of years split between Sheffield and Nottingham, with a handful of Elite League appearances in the mix too. He made international appearances for GB at Under 18 level, and iced 21 times for MKL in the 2019/20 season, returning a 89.4% save percentage. Overall, Brandon made a hugely impressive and mature contribution during his first MKL season, and is much loved by fans and teammates alike for being cool and calm, and for being a brilliant team player. MKL Head Coach Lewis Clifford recognised this by naming Brandon as his ‘Coach's Player of the Year’ for the 19/20 season. Clifford had this to say about Stones’ return: “Stonesy is a guy who loves playing in MK, he is a popular player [...]

2021-06-04T18:08:34+01:00June 4th, 2021|

Top young prospect Callum Field returns for 2021/22

He took to the ice for his first AIB Milton Keynes Lightning shifts during the Streaming Series, and his talent was evident, so we are absolutely delighted to have secured the services of Callum Field for 2021/22. Northampton born Callum turns 17 later in the summer and has been training hard for a number of weeks in preparation for the new season. He brings strength, 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. Lightning Head Coach Lewis Clifford is very happy that Callum has put pen to paper: “I’m delighted to be working with Callum again next season. We saw some great glimpses of his potential during the Streaming Series and I can’t wait to see more of it.” “The [...]

2021-05-28T09:34:00+01:00May 28th, 2021|

NIHL National Owners agree league structure and dates

Last week the NIHL National Owners Group met to agree the structure and timings for the upcoming 2021/22 season. Working on the basis that the government plans for bringing restrictions to an end broadly follow the published timetable we’re delighted to share that competitive fixtures will begin with a cup competition on 4th September 2021. Here’s the full details, subject to final planning and confirmation: Cup Competition from 4/5th September to 25/26th September League from 2/3rd October to 2/3rd April 2022 PlayOffs 9/10th to 23/24th April 2022 Coventry Weekend 30th April 2022 The Cup Competition will be optional and its structure will be finalised once there is an agreed list of participants. Prior to that, teams are free to organise pre-season fixtures as they wish. The 10 teams all reconfirmed their commitment to participate in the upcoming season, and we agreed to keep the conference system and allocations in line with the 2019/20 season, as follows: North South Hull Pirates Basingstoke Bison Leeds IHC [...]

2021-04-30T09:14:55+01:00April 30th, 2021|

‘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|
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