They say Lightning doesn’t always strike twice, but for former NHLer Tim Wallace, it does, as he joins the EIHL’s MK Lightning
Last season Wallace played Elite hockey with the Sheffield Steelers but now takes on a new challenge with the Buckinghamshire side.
The 33 year old Alaska native has 101 NHL games to his name with Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes and 3 time Stanley Cup Champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Wallace is a hard working winger who is very strong along the boards. He always gives it his all and plays with a lot of grit. Lacks natural offensive acumen, but can still bang in a goal here and there.
– Erik K. Piri, EP
Before joining the Elite League he was playing in the ECHL for the Alaska Aces. When he joined the Steelers in 2017 Paul Thompson spoke highly of the centre man. “I wanted a big power forward who was a right-handed shot and Tim fitted the bill perfectly. This is a guy who plays hard, finishes his hits, goes to the net and has a big shot. He is a no-nonsense player, but he also backs it up with a good skill set.”
Speaking to the press after signing with the Steelers, Wallace described himself as a two-way player. “I can make plays and score while knowing my role. I’ve played 10 years pro so I’m an experienced guy. After playing in the NHL I moved to Sweden, I wanted to play in the big leagues in Europe and I’ve done that. Sweden, Germany and now England.”
With so few signings from MK so far this offseason, Wallace could provide some leadership in the locker room if he chooses to impart his wisdom on years of playing the game. He seems to be a solid all rounder who can be of great use to a team still trying to find its feet in the top tier of British Ice Hockey.