DEVELOPMENT

Thunder has a unique development program offering young ice hockey players the opportunity to progress further, often to represent England or GB.

If you would like to apply to Thunder’s development program, you must be aged between 15-18 and currently registered with the EIHA. Email manager@mkthunder.com  for further details.

Player Quotes

Reece Wickens

When I was asked to first train with Thunder, I was extremely nervous as I had only just turned 16. For then 2 days later to play in my first adult game, this was amazing. Over time, playing for MK Thunder I have grown in confidence and ability, which ended up with me playing 26 games last season. Without the help of the senior players and coaches in the squad I would not have achieved this. I am proud to say I am in the Thunder family.

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Reece Wickens

Tom Stephens

I started playing hockey for Milton Keynes when I was in under 10s. When I was 15 I was asked to train with Thunder every week. I made my debut against Solihull in a friendly game a few days after my sixteenth birthday. 

During my first season playing senior hockey with Thunder, I was really helped by the support of the team’s management they were giving me ice time and regular 1:1 development feedback. I was really supported by a great set of senior players who helped me through the whole season even when things got tough. Making my debut at 16 was an exciting moment for me and I was welcomed into the Thunder community straight away. The Thunder fans have been amazing every weekend, home and away.

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Tom Stephens

Caden Hughes

Making my debut for Thunder was a great experience. For a 16-year-old like me who has grown up watching MK Thunder since I was a young boy, was honestly a great feeling.

I feel my game has come on massively and getting experience to play in this league is great. The management, coaches and all the lads have made me feel very welcome.

I am absolutely buzzing to have been asked to re-sign with Thunder for the new season!

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Caden Hughes