Defenceman Ivan Sijan to bolster Lightning Blue Line

Team strengthening continues at the Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning this week with the arrival of highly-rated defenceman, Ivan Sijan. The 28 year old, 6’ 3” native of Zagreb, Croatia, moves from Medvescak Zagreb, currently competing in the Austrian Hockey League (EBEL).

Ivan has represented Croatia at U18, U20 and senior level, and has played 31 matches at senior international level. In the Olympic Games qualifying rounds in 2012 he scored two goals and an assist. In 2008-09 he was one of the Croatia U20 team who won gold medals at the World Junior Championship (D2A). Then, in 2012, he was a member of the gold medal winning Croatian senior team.

He brings to the Lightning a huge amount of experience gained in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Slovenia, Croatia as well as in the Austrian top flight, which he leaves to extend his career in the UK.

MKL Player-Coach Tim Wallace said he’s looking forward to seeing what the versatile Croatian player can bring to Milton Keynes, as the team aims to climb the Elite League table. “Ivan is a big right-handed defenseman who can skate really well. His speed and first pass should help us.

“He has a good shot and has an offensive upside as well. He wasn’t given much of an opportunity in Austria and I’m excited to see what he can do here in Milton Keynes.”

Ivan Sijan will wear the number 71 jersey and subject to IIHF clearance, the Lightning hope to see him play in Nottingham on Wednesday evening (28 Nov) then make his home debut against Manchester Storm on Saturday 1 December.

Ivan Sijan’s warm up, home and away jerseys are now available on our Own and Loan Scheme – this scheme 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! Home or away jerseys cost £250 each, warm up is £150. For full details and to apply, email store@mk-lightning.co.uk

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