Top young prospect Callum Field signs with Milton Keynes Lightning

“Player progression is a vital part of our ethos of running the club” said Milton Keynes Lightning CEO Claire Eason-Bassett. That’s why we are thrilled to introduce you to an exciting young prospect who is making his step up into senior hockey for the first time. Please welcome Callum Field to MKL. Northampton born Callum turned 16 just a month ago, and spent the majority of last season training with the MKL squad. He brings 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. MK Lightning Head Coach Lewis Clifford told us about Callum: “He is a young man with a lot of potential to go a long way in the game, and we are looking forward to helping him develop [...]

2020-09-04T17:32:21+01:00September 4th, 2020|

Power, points and presence in all 3 zones. Tomas Kana returns!

Goaltenders beware, the hardest shot is here once more as we welcome back last season’s top points scorer Tomas Kana for a second year in MKL colours. Czech born Tomas made 49 appearances last year, picking up 30 goals and 68 points in total, along with 133 minutes in penalties. 32-year-old Tomas brings back with him a hockey pedigree which includes appearances and points at the highest level. He made his NHL debut in March 2010 for Columbus Blue Jackets, and picked up a couple of assists against Detroit a few games later. He made his biggest mark that same year one league below as he picked up an impressive 15 goals and 28 points in 50 games for Syracuse in the tough AHL. Last year, as well as being our top points scorer, TK was a presence across all parts of the ice. He showed great stick skills, physicality and a big presence on both the PK and PP as MK Lightning Head [...]

2020-08-27T21:45:29+01:00August 28th, 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 [...]

2020-08-18T11:59:40+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|

Elegant puck moving defenceman Ed Knaggs returns to MK Lightning

In our third new arrival of the summer we are thrilled to see the return of a well-known and highly rated player to MK Lightning. Please welcome back Ed Knaggs. 22 year old Hemel born Ed first appeared in a Lightning jersey in the 2014/15 season and despite his tender age has built great experience in the Elite League, NIHL and as a GB international at under 18 and under 20 level. He joins us from Bracknell Bees where he spent last season, picking up 3 goals and 29 assists in 48 games – his most productive season yet in terms of points. With consistency the theme in MK Lightning Head Coach Lewis Clifford’s team building this year, we caught up with him to find out why this time he went outside and secured Knaggs’ services for this season: “There were a few areas I felt we needed to strengthen in at the end of last season. A left handed puck moving defenceman was [...]

2021-02-27T17:45:25+00:00July 24th, 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|

May…We Make A Difference

The amazing Milton Keynes Lightning Supporters Club have once again shown how much they care, and what they can do. Here's what they had to say: During what are tough and worrying times at the present, it's fair to say that there are a lot of people on the front line who are going above and beyond during this crisis. As a Supporters Club, we have always prided ourselves on supporting and championing good causes, so when some of our members approached us asking if it was possible to support the good work being done by the local hospital and NHS as a whole, we decided to do something. Milton Keynes Lightning and the MKL Supporters Club are delighted to help launch “May...We Make A Difference”, a campaign in May to say thank you to our wonderful NHS and to help raise funds for the local hospital through the Milton Keynes Hospital Charity ( ) The SC will be producing a range of merchandise [...]

2021-02-27T17:54:55+00:00May 3rd, 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|
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