Lightning Thank University Of Buckingham For Patience Over Armstrong Delay

The Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning have expressed their thanks to the University of Buckingham as the wait continues for defenceman Nelson Armstrong to travel to the UK.  The Canadian is one of four MKL players who will study for an MBA qualification with the University this season.

Nelson, 24, signed for the Lightning in August but well-publicised visa issues around the EIHL mean that he is still unable to travel. Meanwhile, the University of Buckingham – one of Lightning’s platinum-level sponsors – has agreed to let Nelson join fellow team students Clay Anderson, Ryan Lannon and Trevor Morbeck – when he eventually arrives.

“This is an unprecedented situation and we’re very grateful to the University of Buckingham for being so accommodating,” commented Lightning owner Graham Moody.

“It took longer than expected for Nelson to get his visa interview appointment, and now he is simply waiting for his passport to be returned to him. Everything was done exactly as and when it was supposed to be – now it’s just a waiting game.

“Nelson just wants to get over here, start studying and be a part of the Lightning,” continued Graham Moody. “He is pretty much ready to head to the airport and get on the first available flight as soon as he gets his passport back! As soon as we know he is on his way, we’ll let everyone know.”

The team’s next home game is this Sunday at 5.15 when Lightning take on the five-time EIHL Play Off champions, the Nottingham Panthers. The Lightning are expecting a large travelling contingent from Nottingham so fans are advised to book tickets in advance to avoid ticket office queues on the day. Call 01908 540020 or book online at mk-Lightning.co.uk/tickets.

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