Lewis rose up through the youth system in Peterborough. In the 2010-11 season with the Phantoms U16’s he scored 26 goals in 17 games; the following year it was 28 in 11 games with the Phantoms U16s in addition to 34 from 14 games with the U18’s. Lewis made his English Premier League debut with the Phantoms in the 2012-13 season, immediately making an impact with his skill and speed and marking him out around the league as a star of the future.
In 2011 Lewis represented Great Britain at an Ice Hockey Skills Challenge in Finland, which led to his selection for Team GB at the inaugural Youth Winter Olympic Games in Innsbruck in January 2012. He has played 15 competitive games for Great Britain at U18 level and five at U20 level, most recently at the World Junior Championships in Dumfries last January – featuring in a TV documentary about the team’s participation alongside his team-mates, including Lightning’s Jordan Cownie and Jordan Hedley. That competition saw him win the award for Best Face Off Percentage, and at Peterborough’s End of Season awards earlier this year, he took the title of Young Player of the Season.
“I’m really excited about bringing Lewis to MK. He is a young talent that brings speed, skill, energy and youth to our team – all areas that I feel we need to improve on from last year. He has a huge amount of potential, and although he’s young, adding him to the side will definitely help us improve. Perhaps last year was not the year Lewis wanted but I’m confident that with a change of scenery and an increase in responsibility, he can really shine.
“At times last year I felt we were out-worked and out-skated, which I won’t let happen this year. We need to be faster, fitter and willing to work harder than our opponents for the full 60 minutes. Lewis fits in very well with the vision I have for the team, and coupled with the roster we’ve signed for 2014-15 I’m confident that we’ll be able to compete with the top teams.”
Nick Poole, MK Lightning General Manager