Defenceman Mazanec moves to Milton Keynes

The latest addition to the Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning roster is Czech defenceman Martin Mazanec. The 28 year old joins MK after a season split between French league runners-up Nice and two-time Slovakian League Champions Zilnia.

The imposing 6’ 4” D-man brings with him the experience of having risen through the Czech hockey system, from youth team to the top level.

During his time with Havirov in the Czech Republic in the 2015-16 season he was the club’s equal second-highest scoring defenceman. The following season Martin represented his hometown club, Ceske Budejovice, one of the team who won the Czech second tier championship. He started the 2017-18 season with Nice, playing in the French league before a mid season move closer to home with HK Zilnia.

Lightning’s Head Coach, Doug McKay, is enthusiastic about the attributes the defenseman brings to Milton Keynes:  “Martin played at a pretty good level when he was younger.  He will bring a physical presence to the team but he moves very well for a big man – he’ll give our net minders protection in front of the net and has a great first pass from the back.

“I’ve spoken to some of his previous coaches and all of them couldn’t speak highly enough of him, I know he will be a good fit for what I want us to achieve here.”

Martin Mazanec’s warm up, home and away jerseys are now available on our Own and Loan Scheme which sees your name on the back of his jersey for the season.  The match-worn jersey is then presented to you by the player at the end of the 2018-19 season, a unique memento of your favourite player’s performances in the Elite League!  For full details and to apply, email

For an unusual but cost-effective way to promote your business, join the Lightning as Martin Mazanec’s corporate sponsor. This package includes your business logo on the player’s jersey and announced at the start of every game he plays, as well as every time he scores a goal or assist during a match.  Contact our Commercial Manager Sarah Jane Smyth for information by emailing

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