Tim Wallace is making a sensational return to All In Black Milton Keynes Lightning having last played for the club in April 2019. He joins the club as a player and as Director of Hockey Development reporting into Lightning Head Coach Lewis Clifford. This means he will combine playing hockey with setting the foundations for our future talent development.
37 year old Tim is a native of Anchorage Alaska, and has extensive experience playing and coaching at the highest levels of the sport. He left home at the age of 16 to play for the USA National Development Team in Ann Arbor Michigan where he won Gold medals at the Under 17 World Championships and Under 18 World Championships.
He went on to graduate from The University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts, Double majoring in Sociology and Computer Applications. At Notre Dame he won an Iron Man Award, playing in 153 consecutive games, never missing a game in 4 years.
His professional hockey CV speaks for itself. 101 NHL appearances for Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes. 382 AHL appearances across Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Bridgeport Sound and Charlotte. 82 ECHL appearances with Alaska and Wheeling. And in Europe, extensive experience in the DEL and SHL, including a top scoring season for Örebro HK in 2013/14.
Tim first came to the UK in 2017/18 to begin his Elite League career for Sheffield Steelers before joining MK Lightning in the 2018/19 season where he moved into a Player-Coach role mid-season. After that Tim took the Head Coach position at Nottingham Panthers from summer 2019 until this month.
Joining as Director of Hockey Development means that as well as being a key member of the team on the ice, Tim will have a clear role working for Head Coach Lewis Clifford off ice. He will bring his vast experience to help develop members of today’s MK Lightning squad, as well as laying the foundations between now and the end of the season for more structured talent development pathways to help build the long term sustainability of the club. Tim will also work with his sponsor, 123 Internet Group (our Official Digital Partner), to share his knowledge and leadership experience with some of their clients and we are grateful to Scott and the team at 123 Internet Group for their support.
AIB MK Lightning Head Coach told us what it means to have Tim join our team: “I was lucky enough to work with Tim very briefly during his previous stint in MK and have kept in touch every now and then since. I genuinely cannot wait to see Tim back in an MKL jersey, a class guy, a class player and someone who will add to the great work we are already doing here and drive standards for everyone in the organisation.”
“We have come to a point in the season where we are certainly in the hunt for trophies, doing well in an extremely tight league, and a cup semi final to come. We have seen in recent weeks that anything can, and will happen and playing with 1 import leaves us exposed when we suffer injuries and illness.”
“Tim is an outstanding performer, a guy who, whilst he hasn’t played for a couple of years, will set the bar extremely high for all of his team mates here and be an absolute asset on the ice, but also drive the standards of the young guys and show them what it takes to get to the next level.”
“Whilst Tim’s on-ice role is just to be a player not a coach I would be a fool if I didn’t use this as an opportunity to glean knowledge and pick his brains for information that can help me both now and for the rest of my coaching career. A quick run down of his career stats to date and who he’s played with is like a who’s who of household names and if that doesn’t excite some of the younger guys on our team I don’t know what will! Tim’s role as Director of Hockey Development gives us a real chance to work together to set some longer term foundations for talent in the club”
Tim is excited to be returning to MK and said: “I really enjoyed my time playing and coaching in Milton Keynes, and have always believed in the high potential there. When the opportunity came up to help the organisation, and give back to the community, I felt it would be a great fit for my family and I.
And commenting on the Director of Hockey Development element of his role, Tim said: “The most rewarding part of coaching is watching players improve, and teaching them new skills within the game, and showing them what it takes to be successful. I am thrilled to inspire the younger generation as well, helping these players reach their goals and to enjoy the journey along the way.”
We are absolutely thrilled to have Tim back, both in his playing role and his broader off ice contribution. Tim’s career plan is to continue to develop his coaching roles at the highest levels of the game, and we are totally supportive of him in this and pleased he’s with us while he plans his next move. It’s been great shaping this opportunity with Tim and we really look forward to seeing him make his MK Lightning debut soon.
We have worked closely with the Supporters’s Club to help make this signing happen, and we are very grateful to them for their ongoing assistance and tremendous support for the club as a whole.
Tim will wear the number 28 jersey for which the Own and Loan is now available. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are hugely grateful to Tim’s sponsor 123 Internet Group who are also our Official Digital Partner https://www.123internet.agency/
Why not sponsor Tim on the kit grid, with options starting at just £10.