Elite League & EPL veteran Tom Carlon re-signs with MK Thunder

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MK Thunder are delighted to confirm the re-signing of former Coventry Blaze and MK Lightning forward Tom Carlon.

Carlon made 52 appearances as Coventry won the Elite League title and EIHL Cup in 2007 before winning the EPL Cup and Playoffs with Lightning in 2017. He also won three gold medals and one bronze during four years on the Great Britain U18 and U20 teams.

Carlon returns for his second season under Thunder head coach Lewis Clifford following 18 points in 27 NIHL games with the red and black in 2017-18.

“I loved it last year,” Carlon said. “We had a great room and hockey was fun again.

“We didn’t always have the success we maybe should have and yet it was still enjoyable.”Carlon hailed the strength of the NIHL and is preparing to go up against some of the best teams in England again next season.

“I struggled personally last year so I’m looking forward to having another chance to hopefully help the team a little more,” he said.

“As a team I’m really looking forward to seeing if we can be more competitive. It’s a fun challenge to test ourselves as the league was much stronger than I think a lot of people thought it would be and I think every team will just get better.

“I’m excited to get back with the team and for us to keep learning and keep getting better.”

Carlon was presented to supporters gathered at the 2018 Awards Night on Saturday where the news of his return was announced.“I’m really pleased to be bringing TC back for next year,” Clifford said. “He’s a great guy and a player who adds so much to the team on and off the ice.”

The British forward’s previous clubs list features Telford Tigers, Bracknell Bees, Peterborough Phantoms and Belfast Giants. His experience of 616 professional games was key in MKT’s first ever season in the second flight of British ice hockey in 2017-18.

“TC felt he had a bad year last year and was beating himself up for not scoring as much as he thought he should be,” Clifford said. “However, he never saw the other side of it.

“I was happy with him as in many games he was the best player we had out there.

“I feel with a year of playing in this league under his belt — and a better understanding of how his role has had to change from his EPL days — TC will not only be the asset he was this year, but also improve on that and do more of what he loves to do, putting the puck in the net on a regular basis.”