Month: June 2018

Most Valuable Player Tom Annetts returns as MK Thunder goalie for 2018-19

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MK Thunder Most Valuable Player 2018 Tom Annetts has re-signed with the club and will return for a second season under Head Coach Lewis Clifford at Planet Ice Milton Keynes.

The Reading-born shot-stopper joined Thunder last summer after two seasons staring down shooters from the Oxford City Stars goal crease. A 91.4 save percentage in 28 starts and a string of points-stealing performances led to Annetts being crowned MVP at Awards Night 2018.

“I’m really excited to be coming back to Milton Keynes,” Annetts said. “It was a bit unknown last season as the first year in the new format but I felt we held our own as one of the ‘old NIHL teams’ and had a few upsets against the bigger clubs along the way.

“It is a great setup at MK, from all the fans to the staff and of course my teammates. Since arriving last season it’s been fantastic, making myself and my family feel welcome at every game.”

Annetts’ head coach is thrilled to have his most valuable player from a season ago back in the red and black for 2018-19.

“It is important for any team to have the right goalie between the pipes,” Clifford said. “This time last year I was just starting out in my role with the team and I wasn’t sure who to sign to play in the net.

“I managed to get Tommy and it didn’t take long to realise I had definitely made the right decision. This year I had no hesitation in bringing him back for another year.”

Annetts debuted in ENL with Bracknell Hornets aged 15 before beginning the first of three spells with Bracknell Bees. Eleven seasons in the EPL followed, including two seasons with Basingstoke Bison in addition to winning the league title with Guildford Flames and lifting the Playoffs trophy with Slough Jets.

“Tommy is a good solid guy to have in the team,” Clifford said. “His performances in goal last season were consistently good. Sitting at over 90 percent at the end of the regular season is exactly what I wanted and needed from my goalie and he gave us that.

“Outside of his on-ice performances, he is a great team guy. He works hard in practice and adds a massive amount of experience to our lineup, which is invaluable — especially as we have a lot of young guys on the roster.”

Annetts is looking forward to getting back on the ice with his teammates and building on the club’s seventh-place finish and Playoffs Quarterfinals berth in 2017-18.

“Now we understand the league a bit more, and using last year as a base, I’m excited with the team Cliff is putting together,” Annetts said. “I can’t wait to see what we can achieve.

“I expect this season to be tough. I think it shocked a few people with how competitive we were and people will know what to expect when they play us. I would look for us to have more consistency over the whole year and push all the way into the playoffs and hopefully have a long run.”

The 5-foot-11 netminder who made 29 appearances in his first campaign with MKT is the eighth signing this summer as Clifford’s second roster as MKT boss begins to take shape.

“I think we are getting close to where we need to be for next season,” Clifford said. “This time of year is always tough but signing a goalie of Tommy’s stature and ability certainly makes a lot of the headaches disappear.”

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MK Thunder 2018-19 NIHL South 1 Season Ticket Prices Revealed

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For the first time in team history MK Thunder are delighted to reveal supporters will have the opportunity to purchase season tickets for the upcoming NIHL South 1 season.

In keeping with the club philosophy of developing young talent and providing opportunities to local people while being Milton Keynes’ most fun, affordable, family night out — we are proud to announce our season ticket prices for 2018-19.

Season tickets cover ALL 16 regular season home games and ALL preseason exhibition games. Details TBA.

Click here to download your 2018-19 MK Thunder Season Ticket application form.

2018-19 Single Game Ticket Prices:

Adults – £10

Under 16s – £1

Concessions – £5
(Senior (60+), Youth (16-18), Students (NUS Extra cardholders), Registered Disabled (proof to be shown when purchasing tickets)

Former MK Lightning D-man Ross Green re-signs with MK Thunder for 2018-19

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Veteran defenceman Ross Green will return for his 11th season in Milton Keynes as Lewis Clifford’s seventh signing for the 2018-19 NIHL South season.

The Milton Keynes native broke into the MK Lightning lineup in the 2008 EPL playoffs aged 16 and went on to play 388 games in an MKL jersey before joining Thunder in 2016.

“I’m really happy to be returning for the 2018-19 season,” Green said. “I enjoyed the challenge that last year brought with the ex-EPL teams joining the league.

“I know Cliff is putting together a great team with a good mix of youth and experience which will be competitive next season.”

Returning second-year head coach Clifford shared many seasons with the 26-year-old in his role as Assistant Coach with MK Lightning and is happy to have Green back for 2018-19.

“Players like Ross are the foundation and backbone of this team,” Clifford said. “I never even considered not having him on my team, so I’m glad I was able to get him back for another season.

“Ross is a massive part of everything we do here, he’s a solid D man with great skating ability, and he is always in top shape, he cares for the team and the jersey and he wants to do his best for the club every time he steps on the ice.

Ross has a lot of experience, he’s been around for a long time, not because he’s old but because he started playing senior hockey when he was a very young man, that experience helps him to take other youngsters under his wing and help them to make the transition to playing senior hockey the right way.

“I want to see the best version of Ross every night, when he’s on his game he’s up there with the best D men in the league and I have every faith that he will bring that ability to the rink every night and help us to win hockey games.”

Green himself is excited for his third consecutive season with Thunder and fourth overall and has seen the club grow in stature and progress from the third tier to the second division.

The D-man made 29 league appearances last season recording eight points alongside some young teammates who he’s looking forward to seeing in larger roles this campaign.

“I’m expecting to see some big performances from the likes of Rio, Lordy, and Stratty who gained a lot of experience from playing in the league and playing under Cliff last year,” Green said.

“It’s been great to see the crowds steadily increasing as the season progressed. It makes such a difference to the team’s performance on the ice to have the crowd behind you. I know the back room staff have been working hard behind the scenes and hopefully our fan base will carry on growing.”

MK Thunder Own & Loan sponsorship opens for 2018-19 NIHL Season

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With six players now signed for Lewis Clifford’s 2018-19 team, our Own & Loan scheme is back in action for another season.

MK Thunder supporters now have the opportunity to sponsor one of our brand new 2018-19 jerseys that will be worn by your favourite Thunder players in the upcoming NIHL South 1 season.

Our custom made jerseys will be revealed later this summer as we ramp up preparations for another assault on the second tier of British ice hockey following a Playoffs Quarterfinals appearance in our maiden campaign last season.

As an Own & Loan sponsor your name/company will be feature proudly on our jerseys as we travel around England and Wales representing Milton Keynes.

And that’s not all. You’ll also get the opportunity to meet with and take a photo with your sponsored player as a thank you for your much-needed and support which all of us at MK Thunder appreciate.

You help us to make sure the team gets an hour and a half’s ice time every week, that ice time is covered for home games, transport for away games is taken care of, and to make sure we look great on the ice.

At the 2019 Awards Night your sponsored player will present you with your jersey and thank you for the generous loan of it back to them for the 2018-19 season. We even promise to wash it after every game so it’s nice and fresh when presented at Awards Night.

Your name/company name will also be proudly displayed in the We Are MK™ match night programs and in your sponsored player’s roster profile on mkthunder.com.

Ollie Stone’s away jersey, Lewis English’s away jersey, and both Ollie Lord’s home and away jerseys are now available to sponsor on our 2018-19 Own and Loan scheme. Prices are set at £125 per jersey, or £200 for both home and away shirts.

Email manager@mkthunder.com to express your interest.

Thanks to the first of our wonderful supporters and sponsors that have already snapped up the shirts below:

Home Jerseys

4 Ollie Stone — Tom, Jade & Euan

16 Michael Stratford — Lucy & Conor

17 Rio Grinell-Parke — Tom, Jade & Euan

19 Lewis English — Carole Hislop

23 Tom Carlon — Mr & Mrs Beales

Away Jerseys

16 Michael Stratford — Lucy & Conor

17 Rio Grinell-Parke — Conor McGill

23 Tom Carlon — Mr & Mrs Beales

Flashback Friday: MK Thunder vs Haringey Greyhounds 2008-09 ENL Season


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We dug through the MK Thunder archives this afternoon to bring you this classic encounter from the 2008-2009 season when Thunder took on Haringey Greyhounds at Planet Ice Milton Keynes.

Let us know on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram if you can name any of the goal scorers… We’ll give bonus points if you can get the assists scorers right too!