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|

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|

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|

He hits hard, but his hands are silky. James Griffin is our second signing for 2020/21

We’re pleased to share with you Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning’s second signing for the 2020/21 season.  James Griffin – Griff - has committed to a sixth successive season in an MK shirt.  27 year old Oxford born Griff has been a hugely popular figure in the MKL team since his arrival, and brings speed, excitement and energy onto the ice along with great entertainment through his physical play.  Last season, despite suffering from a couple of nasty injuries, he posted 8 goals and 10 assists and 72 penalty minutes in 35 games.  He was our Assistant Captain and a great leader on and off the ice. MKL Head Coach Lewis Clifford tells us about one of the first players he got to put pen to paper: “I’m delighted to have Griff back on the roster and he is a key resigning.  He was hit with a few injuries last season, but that’s not unexpected for a player who plays the way and puts [...]

2020-04-24T18:13:51+01:00April 24th, 2020|

Disco puts pen to paper for 2020/21

We're truly delighted to share with you our first signing news for the 2020/21 season. Hotshot forward Liam Stewart has put pen to paper for the club for next season and we couldn't be happier. 25-year-old Liam has had an extraordinary impact on and off the ice for Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning since his arrival. He has scored 28 goals and 40 points in 27 games and has been a catalyst for the club's development from his very first game. Not only that, we love his personality and sense of humour off the ice, whether it's the role he plays in the locker room or his adoption of block 7 as his fan club he's a delight to have around and we're thrilled he will be staying with us. Liam gave us his thoughts on his contract extension, paying high praise to the spirit and organisation of the club, and the passion of its fans saying "Obviously I’m super excited to be coming [...]

2020-02-14T16:41:52+01:00February 14th, 2020|

Taylor Dickin signs for the rest of the season

We are delighted to introduce the newest addition to the Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning squad.  Taylor Dickin joins us from Southern Professional Hockey League club Birmingham Bulls in Alabama, USA.  He has signed for the rest of the season, in a move forced by the injury to Robin Kovar. 31 year old Taylor is a dual Canadian / British passport holder, and brings with him extensive playing experience across USA and Canada, as well as over 150 Elite League appearances with Edinburgh Capitals, Manchester Storm and Dundee Stars scoring 85 points and 29 goals. Speaking about Taylor's arrival, Lighting Head Coach Lewis Clifford said: "We are gutted to lose Kovy who has been great for us since his arrival and will continue to play an important team role off the ice as his rehabilitation progresses.  When I spoke with Taylor I was impressed that he understood exactly what we need and asked all the right questions about his team mates and the setup [...]

2020-01-31T18:47:34+01:00February 1st, 2020|

Frank Bruno Foundation to sponsor Rio Grinell-Parke

We are thrilled to reveal that the Frank Bruno Foundation is the new sponsor of Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning #71 Rio Grinell-Parke.  We will be joined at this weekend's game vs. Swindon Wildcats by Frank Bruno MBE, who will perform a ceremonial puck-drop before the game, as well as drawing the 50/50 ticket during the second period interval. The Frank Bruno Foundation is a direct result of Frank wanting to give something back to the community. Frank has faced challenges both in and out of the ring and has always done so with determination, dignity, humour and humility. The Frank Bruno Foundation is currently fundraising to open a centre that will provide a base for structured non-contact boxing sessions and well-being programmes for any one over the age of 10 years old; who are experiencing problems with mental ill health, The Round by Round programme will consist of 12 weekly sessions of wellbeing and non-contact boxing. The centre will be open 5 days [...]

2020-01-16T18:28:43+01:00January 16th, 2020|

Important Information: Fixture Changes

Following on from the postponement of the Hull away game earlier this year due to rink issues, we have rescheduled the fixture.  This has unfortunately required us to make a couple of changes - apologies for any inconvenience.  The changes are as follows: Hull Pirates vs. MK Lightning (previously postponed) will now take place on Saturday 8th February in Hull MK Lightning vs. Basingstoke (previously scheduled for Saturday 8th February) will now take place on Sunday 23rd February, face-off 17:15 This means there will be no home MK Lightning game on 8th/9th February (we will be away at Hull and Telford), and a double home fixture on 22nd/23rd February (we will be home to Hull and Basingstoke). General admission tickets are not yet on sale.  If you've booked in VIP or Bench with the Lightning we will be in touch to discuss with you. Hopefully this is all clear!  The fixture list at mk-lightning.co.uk/fixtures has been updated (please note the downloadable calendar will not [...]

2020-01-14T16:33:15+01:00January 14th, 2020|