After a season and a half the Milton Keynes Lightning will this summer say goodbye to Finnish forward Janne Jokila. Janne arrived in Milton Keynes in January 2013 to replace Nick Poole on the ice when Lightning's Head Coach announced his retirement from playing.
Lightning confirm coaches and first 8 players for 2014-15 season
The club's End of Season Awards on Sunday was the ideal setting for the Milton Keynes Lightning to begin their programme of player signing announcements, in front of a packed attendance of supporters. General Manager Vito Rausa confirmed the names of no fewer than eight players who will form the nucleus of the team that will return to a refurbished Planet Ice for the 2014-15 season.
The Milton Keynes Lightning can confirm that Czech defenceman Lukas Zatopek will not be returning to the club for the 2014-15 season. His imposing physical presence and no-nonsense style in defence has earned Lukas the nickname 'Big Man' with many at the club - players as well as supporters.
The 2013/14 season, more than any other in the history of the MK Lightning, has required the help and assistance of a large number of people - some have been associated with the club for quite some time, others have stepped up this season to help, and a few from Coventry have welcomed us and made our stay all the more enjoyable.
With only two days until the home leg of their play-off quarter final takes place on Sunday, Lewis Clifford of Milton Keynes Lightning has spoken about the boost that a noisy support can give the team as a backdrop in important games. Lightning finished a creditable fourth in the English Premier League and will face Swindon Wildcats over two legs this weekend, with home advantage in the second leg on Sunday 30th March (face off 5.15pm).