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Super Series Exclusive

Recently it was announced that the Super Series was going to be coming to the UK and the FlyDSA Arena in Sheffield. The game? Canada vs USA! We at Chasing the Puck got an exclusive invitation to the official press conference at the Arena today (5th February). Exciting, right?

At the press conference was former German league star Kerry Goulet, Coventry Blaze’s Kevin Noble and the Sheffield Steel Kings chairman Jake Oakley.

For those that don’t know what the Super Series is, don’t panic, don’t worry. Let me explain. For the last four years, The Ice Hockey Classic has taken place in New Zealand and Australia, offering ice hockey fans the opportunity to see well-known players from various leagues around the world play in an exhibition game all in the name of charity.

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An Uphill Climb

The Milton Keynes Lightning are surprising a lot of people in a very short space of time. After a very big news fortnight, the Lightning are bouncing from one result to another with far more positives than negatives.

As was reported earlier in the week, the club announced the departure of Head Coach

MKL announced Lannon as joint player/coach this week – Photo Credit: Tony Sargent

Doug McKay and, in the same press release, the announcement that both Tim Wallace and Ryan Lannon would be overseeing the coaching duties.
Earlier this week, the Lightning then announced that top forward Eric Neiley would be returning to the Sheffield Steelers. Much to many fans’ disappointment, the vibe seemed to stay positive. The club also held a public Q&A session with owner Graham Moody, Tim Wallace and Ryan Lannon. In that session, Moody made the announcement that both Wallace and Lannon would be remaining player/coaches for the remainder of the season.
All excellent news as far as Lightning fans are concerned.

MKL nettie Patrick Killeen – Photo Credit: Tony Sargent

After tallying four points out of a potential six last week, Lightning fans seemed eager to find out what would happen as it was a tough one to face. Nottingham made the trip to Milton Keynes and then the Lightning traveled to Cardiff on Sunday.
The Panthers brought their big guns to Planet Ice MK on Saturday. With such a big team with so much history behind them, maybe some thought this game would be a write off for the home side. Apparently not though. With a full house, the Lightning gave their all. Fans after the game commented on how well the team played and how much passion was infused in them. A better sight than that of just a few weeks ago. Despite the loss at the end of the game, there were definitely some happy fans leaving the rink after the game.
On Sunday night, the Lightning faced reigning Elite League Champs Cardiff in South Wales. After a tough night the night before, it was unclear which way the result would go. Would it be another zero point weekend but with maximum effort? Apparently not. After being a goal down after forty minutes, the Lightning forced overtime with a minute remaining in the final period. Georgs Golovkovs hammered the winner home in the sudden death overtime period meaning a hard earned and well-deserved two points was on its way back to Milton Keynes.

However, with Dundee also claiming a victory over Fife, it does mean that the Lightning are still at the bottom of the table for the time being. With the halfway point of the season in sight, a lot can change between now and the end of the season. If the Lightning continue on their current path, maybe the road ahead won’t be as downhill as many have assumed it would be.
There are plenty of positives to come in Lightning’s season, that’s for sure!

You can read the full article regarding Lightning’s new coaching arrangements here

Bouncing Back in a Big Way

Last week, the Milton Keynes Lightning announced that they were parting ways with Head Coach Doug McKay. To some, the news was a shock, but to others, not so much. With just one win from eleven games, many fans were calling for change, and they got it in a big way.

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Milton Keynes Lightning: Time To Panic?

It’s fair to say that the Milton Keynes Lightning have had it tough for the first few weeks of the 2018/19 season. After a summer of more than a few changes, the team has drastically changed both on and off the ice since March.

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