Lightning reassure fans and sponsors on club's future
The Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning would like to reassure all our supporters and sponsors about the club’s future in the Elite Ice Hockey League.
Having overcome player injuries, illness, a set of very challenging fixtures, the play offs seem, sadly, to be un-achievable. Lightning’s owners, Graham and Monica Moody, have decided - only after long and considerable thought - that, given the extremely high cost of signing players new to the club at this stage of the season, it would not be the best use of available finances. It would be a more responsible use of funding to focus on strengthening for 2019-20.
Everybody behind the scenes is working harder than ever to make the club a success; it is a huge achievement that last Sunday we had more than 1,600 spectators for the home game against Glasgow. Sunday matches are traditionally less busy, but the fact that this was one of our highest attendances all season so far - makes all of us very proud to have such a supportive and loyal fan base.
The team has played through numerous injuries and illnesses, and the vocal support of our ‘Barmy Army’ fills them with pride and confidence, helping them continue to work to improve.
Ryan Lannon has taken a step back from coaching the team, allowing Tim Wallace to take on the role solely. We thank Ryan for the work he has put in and his continued help within the team.
We have been very impressed with the work Tim has put in this season and you will be happy to know discussions are at an advanced stage with him for next season.
As club owners, Graham and Monica are determined to increase stability by building a core of competitive and well-supported players, to create a strong identity in the Elite League.
We accept that this season has not seen the success any of us hoped for, but we will work hard to put that right, building even more commercial relationships in Milton Keynes and sourcing more sponsorships to see the club strengthening financially.
Milton Keynes Lightning has enormous potential; this club belongs in the Elite League, and there is no doubt our presence is noted and respected.
Your continuing support is appreciated - and needed now, more than ever. The atmosphere you create at home fixtures is second to none in this league and many visiting coaches have said publicly how difficult it makes for their teams to take points here.
Keep inviting your friends and family, invite your workmates and lets showcase what an amazing sports team and family night out we provide, right here in the centre of town.
Through our sponsorship and partnership packages, Business Club and Schools Enterprise Scheme, we also offer superb networking and brand exposure opportunities.
Let's use the incredible positivity available to us and work together to guarantee a bright future for this amazing club!