Milton Keynes Lightning
League EPIHL
Founded 2002
History Milton Keynes Kings

Milton Keynes Lightning

Arena Planet Ice Milton Keynes
Capacity 2,200
City Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Team Colours White, Black & Gold
Head coach Nick Poole
Owners Harry Howton and Vito Rausa
Team Captain Adam Carr

The Milton Keynes Lightning is an ice hockey team from Milton Keynes, England, currently (2009/2010) playing in the semi-professional English Premier Ice Hockey League (EPL) with a good record of league success. They are also a founding member of The Elite Ice Hockey League, though they have not yet entered a team in that league.

Their home arena is Planet Ice, just to the south of Milton Keynes Central railway station in Central Milton Keynes.

History[edit | edit source]


Founded in 2002, MK Lightning moved into the empty space left by the departure of Milton Keynes Kings. The MK Kings were involved in a dispute with rink owners Planet Ice, which led to the Kings re-locating to Solihull in May 2002. There they became the Solihull MK Kings for just one season before winding up in April 2003.

Five years of league success

From 2002 to 2006 MK Lightning have won 2 EPL titles and have won the EPL Playoffs 4 times.

Club Honours[edit | edit source]


  • EPL Playoff Winners


  • EPL Champions
  • EPL Playoff Winners


  • EPL Champions
  • EPL Playoff Winners


  • EPL Playoff Winners

Arena redevelopment[edit | edit source]

In November 2006, Milton Keynes Council approved plans to redevelop the arena, recognizing that it was contrary to the Structure Plan but that doing so would secure the long term future of the arena. In January 2007, the Government accepted the Council recommendation to vary the Structure Plan without an enquiry and the developers (Abbeygate) confirmed that the development will begin imminently.. The development would have included a new store for Danish furniture company ILVA as well as other leisure units.

Subsequently, ILVA UK went into administration and the plans have been shelved sine die.

Club roster 2009/2010[edit | edit source]

Number Player Catches Place of Birth
28 Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Mettam L Sheffield, England
31 Flag of the United Kingdom Barry Hollyhead L Shrewsbury, England
Number Player Shoots Place of Birth
19 Flag of the United Kingdom Leigh Jamieson - A R Milton Keynes, England
21 Flag of the United Kingdom Ross Green R Chelmsford, England
22 Flag of the United Kingdom Adam Radmall R Nottingham, England
55 Flag of the United Kingdom Mike Farn L Durham, England
66 Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Christie R Edinburgh, Scotland
78 Flag of the Czech Republic Lukas Zatopek L Czech Rep
Number Player Shoots Place of Birth
6 Flag of the United Kingdom Michael Wales R Gillingham, England
9 Flag of the United Kingdom Grant McPherson R Stirling, Scotland
18 Flag of the United Kingdom Adam Carr - C R Durham, England
20 Flag of Finland Andre Smulter L Vaasa, Finland
26 Flag of the United Kingdom Adam Brittle L Telford, England
41 Flag of the United Kingdom Matt Towalski - A L Stafford, England
61 Flag of the United Kingdom Ross Bowers R Luton, England
62 Flag of the United Kingdom Jacob Heron R England
71 Flag of Sweden Monir Kalgoum L Huddinge, Sweden
91 Flag of Canada Nick Poole R Calgary, Canada

Current staff[edit | edit source]

Milton Keynes Lightning staff
Executive Operations
  • Ownership – Harry Howton and Vito Rausa
  • Official Photographer – Jez Tibbetts
  • Match Night Announcer – Chris Dickens
  • Match Night Music – Mike Walls

Hockey Operations

  • Head Coach – Nick Poole
  • Assistant Coach – Andre Smulter
  • Stick Boy – Philip Bushby
  • Game Night Co-ordinator – Karen Starkey

Associated teams[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

Preceded by
Invicta Dynamos
EPIHL Playoff Champions
2002 - 2006
Succeeded by
Bracknell Bees
Preceded by
Peterborough Phantoms
EPIHL Champions
2003 - 2005
Succeeded by
Guildford Flames
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