Milton Keynes Lightning, also known as MK Lightning or MKL, is an ice hockey team based in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.
The team was formed in 2002 and has enjoyed considerable success over the years.
The 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons were spent in the Elite Ice Hockey League – the top level of professional ice hockey in the UK. Towards the end of the 2018/19 season, the owners decided that they could not sustain an Elite League side and announced in March 2019 that they would move the team down a level to the newly created NIHL National Division.
This was a surprise to many and a source of frustration with the change of leagues heralding a move to “2-import” hockey where only two non-British (and holding European employment rights) players would be allowed per team.
MK fans had previously grown to love a side with multiple North America, European and British players; all competing at a higher standard.
The subsequent “Fans’ Forum” event held at Planet Ice Milton Keynes did little to soften the blow for many fans.