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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|

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 [...]

2020-08-06T17:40:04+01:00August 7th, 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|

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|

He skates at light speed for Lightning! Rio Grinell-Parke is back!

He’s one of the fastest players in the league and off the back of his best ever senior hockey points tally last year, we are thrilled that Rio Grinell-Parke will be pulling on a Lightning jersey again this upcoming season.  21 year old London born Rio appeared 45 times last year, amassing 13 goals and 29 points as well as 79 PIMs.  A favourite amongst many supporters for his work ethic, game impact and attitude, as well as his exceptional skating pace, this is sure to be a very popular signing amongst our fans. We caught up with Lightning Head Coach Lewis Clifford to get his views on Rio’s signing.  He started by praising Rio’s work-rate on the ice: “Rio is a pleasure to have as part of the team.  He is a player who has 2 settings, off and on, and on means 100% every time he steps foot on the ice. 99% isn’t in his vocabulary.” Early on in our season it [...]

2020-07-03T17:52:40+01:00July 3rd, 2020|

Further Firepower added as Bobby Chamberlain returns to MKL

The firepower continues to build for MKL as we welcome Bobby Chamberlain to the Lightning roster. 25-year-old Bobby joins us from Hull Pirates where he spent the previous 3 seasons, in a career that primarily centres around Hull teams, but which includes over 80 EPIHL games for MKL where he picked up 69 points. Bobby scored 37 goals and 71 points in 37 appearances in 2019/20 earning him 9th spot in the overall league scoring charts. This is a thrilling signing for MKL as Head Coach Lewis Clifford explains: “Bobby is a huge character and someone who I’m very excited to have in a MKL shirt when the season starts." "Over the last few seasons, his offensive stats have spoken for themselves, but that really is only a small part of the package we have brought him here for. He is a guy who will do whatever is needed for the team, whether it’s scoring an important goal, opening up space for his line [...]

2020-06-26T14:56:09+01:00June 26th, 2020|

Defensive depth continues to build with the return of Ross Green

The depth and experience in the defensive lines of MK Lightning continue to build as we are delighted to share with you the return of Ross Green for another MKL season.  Ross made 42 appearances last year picking up a goal and 12 assists and 42 penalty minutes in a string of strong and consistent performances in the team.  Now 28, Green - known to his team mates as Sloth – is continuing his long run as an MK hockey man in a career which started in the MK Storm junior system.  Proof to all of today’s juniors that you can make it too! MKL Head Coach Lewis Clifford paid tribute to Sloth’s long-term MK career saying “It’s great to have Sloth back on the team, a guy who knows exactly what it means to be an MK Lightning player and another one of our homegrown crew.” It’s a long term working relationship that Cliff has had with Sloth, whose family are also a [...]

2020-06-19T18:04:13+01:00June 19th, 2020|