England Under 19 Defender Ollie Lord re-signs with MK Thunder

England Under 19 international Ollie Lord will return to MK Thunder for the 2018-19 NIHL campaign for his second season of men’s ice hockey.

D-man Lord dressed in 16 games for MKT last season along with captaining Coventry Under 18s and helping guide Coventry Under 20’s to a national title.

“Lordy is a great kid,” said MK Thunder head coach Lewis Clifford. “He is quiet most of the time but the boys speak highly of him and his contribution in the room. For a young lad who came into the team from outside he slotted in completely seamlessly into the way our team works.”

The 17-year-old has agreed to a two-way deal that will see him gain extra training and game time at youth level with his hometown Coventry Blaze on days when Thunder are not in action.

“I’m keen for young guys to play as much hockey as they can,” Clifford said. “Last year Lordy’s ice time was limited but he got the best of both worlds being able to log big minutes with both the 18s and 20s in Coventry.

“This year I am bringing him back to play a much more prominent role on the team and I want him to be available for all of our games. I’m more than happy for him to play age group games in Coventry when we don’t have a game as that abundance of ice time will continue to aid his development and fulfil his undoubtedly huge potential.

“Next season Lordy will be a regular player on our blue line. As we build our team to be younger, faster and more hungry he will come into his own. He has a very wise head on young shoulders and a high hockey IQ which helps him control plays despite his small stature.

“He was high on my priority list as soon as last season finished, but having seen the recent U20’s national final on TV it just reaffirmed to me just how good he is and how comfortable he is on the puck and I can’t wait to work with him again next season and see him take the next step in his career.”

While most of his teammates are already focusing solely on off-season conditioning in preparation for Thunder’s second year in the second-flight of British ice hockey, Lord has yet to close the book on his 2017-18 season.

After last weekend’s U20 national final, this week Lord was named in Ian Pound’s squad for the upcoming annual England U19 vs Scotland U19 game in Sheffield on May 25.

“Last year was a brilliant opportunity for me as I hadn’t played at a level like that before, it was a huge step up and I learnt a lot from the guys in the room and on the ice. Its a lot faster game so after a year of being there I now know what I need to play like in this league.

“The national final was great to be a part of as it’s what you work for all season I definitely learnt a lot from it because it’s a big game so you have to do all you can to win.”

Lord is excited to continue his development with Thunder and reserved special praise for Clifford and the veteran core in the MKT dressing room when reflecting on his maiden season of men’s hockey.

“I wanted to resign with Cliff and Thunder because it’s such a great team to be a part of and the players were brilliant last year on and off the ice,” Lord said. “Cliff really helped me last year building my confidence to play in a league like this and I just want to build on top of that this year with the team.

“I’m looking forward to getting on the ice with the team and having fun whilst doing all we can every game. This year with Coventry and MK will be a big year as I know what I can bring to the team. I just can’t wait to get on the ice and get started.”

Both Ollie’s home and away jerseys are available to sponsor on our Own & Loan scheme. Email manager@mkthunder.com to register your interest in having your name on Lordy’s jerseys and to have him present them to you at the 2019 Awards Night.