The final piece of the jigsaw that is MK Lightning's roster for 2012-13 was put in place today with confirmation that Leigh Jamieson has committed to the team for not just one, but TWO more years. The announcement concludes a month of good times for the MK-born player who recently celebrated both his 27th birthday and marriage to fiancée Janine.
After playing most of his career to date in defence, a change to playing up front for Lightning in the 2011-12 season proved a revelation and he contributed 38 goals and 35 assists - becoming Lightning's top points and goalscorer, and one of the top ten highest goalscorers in the league.
Another example of the successful Milton Keynes junior system, Leigh began his career with the MK Kings in the 1999 season, and just two years later made his international debut with Team GB at the World Junior Championships. In 2003 he began a five-year stint with the Elite League's Belfast Giants, followed by a single season with the Coventry Blaze in 2008-09. Jaimo returned to his hometown club the Lightning in 2009 and marked his return with 13 goals and 34 assists, making him the club's highest-scoring British defenceman that term. In his first season back at the Lightning, the team's Supporters' Club - MKL's largest single backer - contributed the finances necessary for Leigh's wages, and have continued to contribute towards the costs associated with keeping a key player at the club.
For the last two consecutive seasons, Leigh has been included in the EPL First All-Star team as selected by UK ice hockey journalists - and as well as a wealth of honours at domestic level, Leigh has recorded 45 appearances for Team GB, 15 of those at senior level.
"Even though there were other options available for next season, I'm really happy to be staying and it's an honour to have been offered a two year contract", said Leigh. "Last season Nick persuaded me I could do a job for the team up front, and it turned out to be a pretty amazing time for me! The support you get from the fans, the other players and the off-ice team mean you feel really secure and happy here. The management has put together such a fantastic roster, I'm really proud to be a part of it and September can't come soon enough!"
Head coach Nick Poole said, "We are thrilled to have signed Jaimo for two more years, he's a fantastic player who brings so much to our team. Talent-wise he is up there with the best in the league and he has the ability to turn a game on his own. He is big, strong and has a great eye for goal as he proved last year being our team's top goal and point scorer in only his first season with us as a forward. Bringing in Adam Calder will take some of the offensive pressure off Jaimo, but it'll also free him up, as at times last year we were a bit one-dimensional. He is a real character and a leader, and I know our fans will be elated with this re-signing.
"I have little doubt that he will once again be up amongst the league's top goal scorers. More importantly I know he is determined to help the team and its fans win some silverware."
Sponsorship of Leigh Jamieson's home, away and warm-up shirts is now available - get your name seen not just on the player's shirt but also in our matchnight programme and on the Planet Ice digital message board for every home league game during the 2012-13 season - or sponsor a shirt to promote your business! At the end of the season the shirt is yours to keep. For more details email
. Shirt sponsorship is dealt with on a 'first come, first served' basis.