Returning to the MK blueline for 2021/22 please welcome back Ben Russell to the AIB MK Lightning squad.  MK born 27 year old defenceman Ben brings a wealth of hockey experience with him from the UK, Canadian and American leagues as well as international appearances at under 18 and under 20 level.  He returns to the MKL lineup after 41 appearances and 7 points in the 2019/20 season.

Ben is pleased to be returning, commenting “I’m really happy to be back with the Lightning again for another year. It’s certainly been a strange time for everyone and this has, without a doubt, been the longest time I have gone without playing. We have been skating a couple of weeks now which is helping to get the cobwebs out and meet some of the new arrivals, as well as show me that I really have missed hockey. The team Cliff is putting together is exciting and I can’t wait to get started properly in the next few weeks!”

MK Lightning Head Coach Lewis Clifford told us why he has signed Ben, explaining “It’s great to have Benny back on the blue line for another year. Benny is a player who just does what it says on the tin, takes care of business in our end, battles hard, gets in front of shots and works to 100% capacity every shift.”

Cliff has known Ben for a long time, and is well aware of what he’s made of: “I have coached Benny on and off since he was a really young junior and he’s always been a player who I can rely on to do the right thing at the right time, he prioritises the team and does whatever he can to help us succeed”

Please welcome back – Ben Russell.  He will wear the number 5 shirt.  Ben’s Own and Loan is now available.  Please contact for details.

We have two other ways you can support Ben and the club too!  You can become Ben’s sponsor with your name or company name read out every time Ben is mentioned.  Get the details here.

Or why not sponsor Ben on the kit grid, with options starting at just £10.