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Ten on Tuesday – First Players Announced for Jaimo’s Testimonial

With tickets now on sale and the date and primary sponsor confirmed, we know that the next big question on Lightning fans’ lips is: who’s going to be playing? Every Tuesday for the next four weeks we’ll reveal ten players on the squad invited personally by Leigh Jamieson, to help him celebrate his ten seasons with the Milton Keynes Lightning! The first group of players has names to whet the appetite of fans both old and new…. Stephen Wall: our Geordie-born netminder wore the black and gold for three seasons from 2012, making an impression from the word go by finishing his first season in MK with the best save percentage in the entire league. Dwayne Newman: better known to many as ‘Dog’, the Winnipeg-born D-man iced briefly for MK Kings before joining newly-formed Lightning as Captain for five seasons, returning to the city with Thunder for the 2012 season. Hallden Barnes-Garner: [...]

2022-06-27T18:25:40+01:00June 28th, 2022|

Slick skating defenceman Ed Knaggs is back on the AIB MK Lightning Blueline

Welcome back to top defenceman Ed Knaggs who is returning to AIB Milton Keynes Lightning for 2022/23.  Knaggsy didn’t score, but bagged 24 assists in league and playoffs last year putting him eighth in the AIB MKL scoring charts.   24 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 returned to MK in the 20/21 season.   Ed had this to say about his return: “I’m thrilled to be back in MK for the upcoming season playing in front of the best fans in the league. Looking at the squad Tim and Joe are putting together I’m sure we will be battling for every piece of silverware available. I can’t wait to meet up with the guys and get going in September!”   AIB MKL’s Tim Wallace said: “Ed Knaggs is top [...]

2022-06-23T08:29:56+01:00June 25th, 2022|

Player’s Player of the year Hallden Barnes-Garner is back for AIB MKL

He’s always there for the team, and he is the Player’s Player of the Year. Please welcome back Hallden Barnes-Garner to AIB MK Lightning   MK local Halds grew up in the MK Storm junior system, then spent some time in Slough and Eastern Europe.  He then returned to MK to play for Thunder, before stepping up into Lightning for the 2019/20 season.  Halds had his most productive season in terms of points in 2021/22, bagging 4 goals and 8 assists in 43 games, and a crucial 3 goals and 4 assists in the playoff run to Coventry. Halds is delighted to be back in the MKL lineup, and had this to say: “I’m delighted to be re signing for Lightning again this year and hungry as ever. The end to last year was a tough pill to swallow but adds that extra motivation being so close to wanting it even more this year. After speaking to Tim I am really excited for this year [...]

2022-06-29T18:32:27+01:00June 24th, 2022|

Planet Ice NIHL National Division: 2022/23 Season Begins on 17th September

The Planet Ice NIHL National Division Owners Group met last week to finalise the structure and dates for the 2022/23 League campaign.  The league will comprise 11 teams and 56 regular season games per team followed by Playoffs and Championship Finals weekend. Here’s the details: 11 teams playing 56 games Each team plays 3 times home and away, except that each team drops 2 home and 2 away games to make up the 56 game season.  These games have been decided on a semi-random basis, taking account of which would be the longest road trips to make.  See the table below for details First games home and away between each team will count towards the Cup competition, with semi-finals and Final to be arranged once the competition is complete Season dates are: Optional pre-season 2/3/4 & 9/10/11th September League starts 17/18 September League ends 1/2 April Playoffs 8/9 April (top 8 playing 1v8 2v7 3v6 4v5) Coventry 15/16 April This table shows how [...]

2022-06-22T17:46:23+01:00June 23rd, 2022|

Joe Wilson joins AIB MKL as Assistant Coach

Building out the All In Black MKL coaching team for 2022/23, we are delighted to welcome Joe Wilson as our Assistant Coach.   27 year old Joe had a playing career exclusively in Peterborough where he appeared at junior and NIHL2 level, before moving into coaching in 2017/18 as Assistant Coach of the Peterborough Phantoms NIHL 2 side.  Joe then moved to Chelmsford Chieftains as Head Coach in a role which he held for nearly 4 seasons before moving on in March 2022.   Joe also plays a key role in junior coaching and development, working alongside former MK King David Clarke as part of his hockey camp coaching team.  He’s a super energetic coach and person, who will bring a passion for coaching, development and analysis to AIB MKL and Joe was recommended for the role by people he has worked with before.   Speaking about Joe’s appointment, AIB MKL’s Tim Wallace has this to say: “Joe is someone who has been a [...]

2022-06-18T12:00:27+01:00June 18th, 2022|

Sam Russell signs for AIB MKL and is working hard to make his return

Our sixth signing of 2022/23 brings back a young All In Black MK Lightning stalwart with Sam Russell returning to his hometown club.  Sam is working to get back to fitness following some surgery over the summer and is as dedicated and committed to his performance as ever! 21 year old Sam split his time between AIB MKL and Coventry last year, making 20 appearances for Lightning and 17 for the Blaze, a number of which came in the latter part of the season when he stepped up into their forward lines for a run of fixtures.  Traditionally a defenceman, Sam has shown that he’s more than capable of playing up front, where his combination of good skating athleticism and size make him great on the forecheck. All In Black MKL’s Tim Wallace picks up the story: “Sammy is a great talent and brings a number of strengths to our team.  I like his versatility and can see that once he’s back with us [...]

2022-06-18T12:21:17+01:00June 17th, 2022|

All In Black Secure Testimonial Main Sponsor Spot

With the date for Leigh Jamieson’s testimonial now revealed, we can confirm that All In Black Group Limited will be primary sponsor for this summer’s hottest hockey event. Lightning fans will already be familiar with the All In Black name and logo, as the security specialists are long-standing club sponsors as well as a commanding presence providing guarding solutions all around Milton Keynes and further afield. Established within the security industry for more than two decades, All In Black has vast experience in providing guarding solutions enabling them to offer a truly bespoke solution for all their clients. All In Black offer a range of guarding solutions to suit long or short term projects anywhere in the UK. Owner Aaron Mills said he was proud that AIB Group are to play a key part in this celebration of Leigh’s career in Milton Keynes. “Jaimo is one of the club’s legends, as soon as the news of his testimonial was released it instantly created a [...]

2022-06-11T19:43:14+01:00June 13th, 2022|

Solid D from Mr. C. Lewis Christie is back for AIB MKL!

Our fifth signing of 2022/23 adds to our defensive core, bringing experience, skill and a huge work ethic.  Please welcome back Lewis Christie to All In Black MK Lightning! 32 year old Lewy was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and began his career with Dundee and Edinburgh before earning his first international call up with GB U18s for whom he iced 9 times.  Lewy then forged his career in the Elite League with Belfast Giants, and a brief stint in Basingstoke, before joining MKL in 2008.  He has remained with the MK hockey family since then, and made 38 appearances for Lightning in the 2021/22 season picking up a goal and 13 assists for his efforts. Lewy plays hard all game long, and is well known for his ability to close down opposition forwards, and for playing a critical role on the Penalty Kill where he will often take the first 60 seconds and make it disappear.  He’s a superb team player, and is relied [...]

2022-06-10T13:21:28+01:00June 10th, 2022|

Callum Field returns for the next step in his development with AIB MKL for 2022/23

Following a great debut season for AIB MKL, we are delighted that Callum Field is returning to the squad for 2022/23 and is looking forward to taking the next step in his hockey development. Northampton born Callum turns 18 later in the summer.  At 6 feet 5 inches tall, and 201lbs, he brings good size to his game, as well as pace and skill.  He’ll be building on his offensive threat which produced 5 points in his first year at NIHL National level. AIB MK Lightning’s Tim Wallace is very happy that Callum has put pen to paper: “I am really looking forward to working with Callum. He is a big kid with great speed, which is rare to have. He wants to get to the next level and if he puts in the work this could be a huge year for him.”  Callum too is pleased to be back and working with Tim.  He said: “I am delighted to have signed for MK [...]

2022-06-02T16:22:20+01:00June 3rd, 2022|

Leigh Jamieson marks 10 seasons at Lightning with summer testimonial

Milton Keynes born and bred Leigh Jamieson will mark ten seasons in Lightning colours with a testimonial game this summer.  ‘Jaimo’ will be joined by his hand-picked line-up of team-mates from a career spanning more than two decades - not just in MK but also at Elite and international level. The prestigious fixture will be played at Planet Ice MK on Saturday 20 August. Testimonial games are traditionally awarded to players reaching a milestone in their career, allowing them to celebrate with fans while enjoying an evening of not entirely serious hockey and high jinks. Leigh began his career here in his hometown progressing from MK Storm to MK Kings and then on to the Lightning - a member of the debut MKL team who scooped the Play Off trophy at the first attempt. In 2003 he joined the Elite League’s Belfast Giants for five years followed by a season with Coventry Blaze, a period that also saw him play for GB at U20 [...]

2022-06-05T14:07:24+01:00May 28th, 2022|
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