Coach’s Player of the Year Brandon Stones is back between the pipes for 2020/21

Returning for a second season with Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning is shot-stopper Brandon Stones who joined us at the beginning of last year from Sheffield.  Brandon played 21 times for MKL, posting a .894 save percentage last season which was disrupted by an injury a couple of months into the schedule.  Despite this, he was a tremendous presence in the locker room and around the club and won the Coach’s Player of the Year at the end of season awards. Nottingham born Stones played his junior hockey in that city before spells across Sheffield, Edinburgh and Coventry in the Elite League, and a number of EPIHL and NIHL seasons at Sheffield via Telford.  He has represented GB at under 18 level. Brandon is the first of our netminding tandem to be revealed this year, and Head Coach Lewis Clifford is delighted to have him back for a second year: “Stonesy is the type of guy you would always want in your team, a [...]

2020-06-05T17:50:02+01:00June 5th, 2020|

His shirt is staying down from the rafters as MKL legend Grant McPherson commits for one more year!

There will be no re-retirement of the famous MKL number 9, as club legend Grant McPherson has signed for the 2020/21 season.  By very popular demand, Grant will be once again pulling on the Lightning jersey after last season reaching the tremendous milestone of 500 League games played for the team.  He was also voted as the Players’ Player of the Year, emphasising his role in the team and the respect he has earned from his peers. G himself is pretty chuffed to sign saying: “I am delighted to be back in Lightning colours for the up and coming season. By the sounds of things, Cliff is putting together a strong roster and although we’re not entirely sure when the new season will get underway, I can only but assure you, when it does, we will be ready to go. Lightning Head Coach Lewis Clifford underlined the role that G will play in the team: “As I have said before, leadership is one of [...]

2020-05-29T18:01:12+01:00May 29th, 2020|

News from MKL

We thought we'd get in touch to give you a bit of an update as to how things are progressing inside your Smith Recycling MKL.  There have been a few statements and updates issued from other sources over the last couple of days and we thought we'd do the same. Things we know 😁 There is a great deal of positive action around the club right now.  There's been a strong take-up of Season tickets, including around 70 brand new ticket holders who have secured their seat or standing position at the best possible price.  The Direct Debit scheme has been very popular and will continue to be offered until the end of July (though remember the number of payments you can spread your ticket over decreases the later you sign up).  It's worth mentioning that all of the Season Ticket receipts are being held in a separate bank account and as we said in the FAQs at the time of launch, if the [...]

2020-05-28T13:00:17+01:00May 28th, 2020|

Edgars Bebris to add to Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning attacking threat

We are delighted to reveal a brand new player for Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning. Please welcome Edgars Bebris to the club. 28-year-old Bebris was born in Latvia but spent his junior development years in Sheffield so qualifies to play as a Brit. At 6’4” and 198lbs he brings a strong physical dimension to his attack and critically picks up a significant points haul. Last year he bagged 32 goals and 33 assists for 65 points in 50 games, and 46 minutes in penalties. This put him 15th in the overall league scoring table. Head Coach Lewis Clifford has been clear that he wants to drive consistency and continuity in his squad for 2020/21 and so far we have revealed the return of five of last year’s team. However, the chance to pick up Bebris was a great opportunity because he’s a player Cliff has followed for years: “I have said a few times I don’t want to make too many changes to [...]

2020-05-21T16:27:32+01:00May 22nd, 2020|

Captain Russ Cowley to lead the team in 2020/21

After three D men, it’s time to add some more up front firepower to our squad.  We’re delighted to say that this player brings goals and assists and is also is a true leader in our team to drive us forwards in our next campaign.  Please welcome back your Captain, Russell Cowley. MKL Head Coach Lewis Clifford picks up the story: “This time last year when I signed Cowls I knew I was getting a top end performer at this level, and he did nothing but impress me week by week.”  That meant a points haul of 16+37 for 53 points in 34 games – an impressive return, in particular in a season interrupted by an injury.  Overall Cowley was our 4th highest point scorer last season. But it’s not just points scoring.  On and off the ice, Cowley’s impact was felt in his Captaincy role and Cliff talks about the importance of this: “Strong leadership is something that is hard to come by.  [...]

2020-05-15T17:21:17+01:00May 15th, 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|

123 Internet Group, the creators of Zeus, to continue as our Official Digital Partner and Platinum Sponsor

123 Internet Group has renewed its Platinum Sponsorship of MK Lightning and will continue as our Official Digital Partner for the 2020/21 season building on their significant, multi-year involvement with Milton Keynes Ice Hockey Their relationship with the club has been phenomenal, and they have been absolutely critical in supporting us across a number of key marketing, creative and digital activities and we’re delighted that this will continue.  A year ago 123 Internet was at the heart of the creation of our Zeus brand, website, creative and advertising campaigns and have walked the walk in supporting us as a local business and helping us grow and thrive. 123 Internet Group’s CEO Scott Jones had this to say “I’m pleased to confirm our involvement for the upcoming season, both as a Platinum Sponsor and the MKL Official Digital Partner. We’ve seen such a positive change during the last season and have welcomed the close working relationship with the new owners. We look forward to the [...]

2020-05-04T18:03:21+01:00May 5th, 2020|

Season Tickets 2020/21

We're pleased to let you know that Season Tickets for the 2020/21 season are now available allowing you to secure your place at the best possible price to watch Lightning hockey next season. We thought long and hard about the right time to make tickets available given the huge levels of uncertainty and disruption everyone is facing in their daily life right now.  Our thinking is that we give the most notice as possible to you all, and give you the option through our improved Direct Debit scheme to buy your tickets over a longer period of time.  You'll have a lot of questions, so we've tried to answer as many of these as possible on our FAQs page here.  Hopefully by giving you as much notice and as much information as we can, you are fully informed to make your purchasing decision. For full details, please visit this page https://www.mk-lightning.co.uk/tickets/season-tickets-2020/ Information Key information for the tickets is: * Last season (2019/20) places held [...]

2020-05-04T17:09:09+01:00May 4th, 2020|

Defenceman of the Year Leigh Jamieson commits for 2020/21

Following last week’s signing of James Griffin, we’re delighted to reveal a further strengthening of our defensive capabilities with the re-signing of last season’s Defenceman of Year Leigh Jamieson.  A long-time servant of the club, 34-year-old Leigh celebrated his 500th league appearance for MKL towards the end of last season, as part of a career which also includes Elite experience and international honours at World Championships and Olympic qualifier levels.  Leigh is MK born and raised and started his hockey career in the MK junior system playing for the Storm. He’s a dominant physical presence on the ice, with sharpshooting abilities gaining him 13 goals and 53 points last year.  But the stats don’t tell the whole story.  Very much a leader in the club, Jimba as he’s known to his teammates is a valuable addition to our team on and off the ice as Lightning Head Coach Lewis Clifford shares: “Obviously it goes without saying that I’m delighted to have Jimba back in [...]

2020-05-01T17:30:03+01:00May 1st, 2020|

EIHA and National League Statement 29th April 2020

The 10 clubs of the NIHL National League and representatives of the EIHA have been having regular conference & Zoom calls to discuss the way forward for the League and Play Offs. Firstly, we’d like to pay tribute to all those people from within the NIHL National League ice hockey family who are classed as key workers. Supporters, players, officials, owners or a loved one of a supporter, player, official or owner are on the frontline every day currently risking their own lives for others whilst fighting this deadly virus. We thank all of you for the services you are providing. In these unprecedented times as a league we are in discussion with the Skydome Arena and the EIHA with regards to the Final 4 Weekend and will be offering a tournament weekend in Coventry as a season opening celebration.  The event details will be released following the 7th May Government Announcement with regards to the current lock down and what further social distancing measures [...]

2020-04-29T18:18:01+01:00April 29th, 2020|