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Former Panthers stopper Wiikman joins as injury cover

The Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning have signed netminder Miika Wiikman as cover for the injured Przemysław Odrobny.

The Swedish-born Finnish 32-year-old spent the past two years with Nottingham Panthers, helping them to win the Challenge Cup and playoff double in 2015-16.

He was also part of the Continental Cup-winning roster last season, being named as the best goaltender in the process.

Lightning head coach, Pete Russell, said: “It is obviously disappointing to lose Odrobny and we are still waiting to find out how long he will be out for.

“I wanted to move quickly and Miika was available. He is the perfect fit for us and I am so pleased to be able to sign him.

“He is a quality netminder and had two excellent years with the Panthers.

“Miika is a great character and the fans loved him in Nottingham. I am sure he will be as popular here in Milton Keynes.”

Wiikman represented Sweden as a junior but has since played for the Finland national team.

He has played in the top leagues in Finland, Austria and Slovakia, but also have extensive experience in North America.

Wiikman signed an entry-level contract New York Rangers in 2008 and played in a handful of exhibition games for the NHL side.

He also iced for Hartford Wolf Pack and San Antonio Rampage in the AHL, along with Charlotte Checkers of the ECHL.

Miika Wiikman will make his debut in tonight’s Banner Night as Lightning take on Guildford Flames in a pre-season friendly.

Banner Night will see the raising of the playoff banner to mark last season’s playoff final success – a 7-2 victory against Telford Tigers – while Adam Carr and McPherson will join Nick Poole in having their shirts retired by Milton Keynes Lightning.

Tickets are on sale for Saturday’s Banner Night game against Guildford (7pm) on the Lightning website at www.mk-lightning.co.uk/tickets, while they can also be purchased via phone on 01908 540020or in person from the arena box office.

Adult ticket prices have been held at last season’s price of £15 and accompanied under-16s will be admitted free.

Although this match is not included in the current season-ticket package, seats for those supporters are reserved until 90 minutes before face-off on the day.