Coaching arrangements confirmed for remainder of season
The Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning have moved to confirm team coaching arrangements for the rest of the season, following the departure of Doug McKay.
At a Q&A session arranged for supporters, held at the Planet Ice MK Arena on Friday evening, it was announced that players Ryan Lannon and Tim Wallace will jointly assume coaching responsibilities for the rest of the 2018-19 campaign.
Defenceman Lannon was a 2002 NHL draft pick for the Pittsburgh Penguins. After graduating from Harvard University he played over 360 matches at AHL level. He subsequently coached at the Red Bull academy in Austria then worked for Paul Vincent – now Head Skills Instructor at the NHL Florida Panthers.
Centreman Wallace played 153 competitive games for the University of Notre Dame team during his four years of studies there. He subsequently played 380 games in the AHL and more than 100 NHL fixtures for Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes.
Tim Wallace said he looks forward to passing on the knowledge he has gained during his career: “One of the main reasons I signed in Milton Keynes was to eventually get involved in coaching I am extremely excited for this opportunity, and working with Ryan, we plan to make the MK Lightning an exciting team to watch.
“I’ve been lucky enough to play in the best league in the world as well as the top leagues in Europe - and while playing in these leagues, I’ve learned from some great coaches. I am excited to be able to share the knowledge I’ve gained over the years with the players here and with Ryan.
“The Milton Keynes Lightning organization has a lot of potential, with a very loyal fan base behind us and I am thankful for the opportunity to help the team get going in the right direction. I am looking forward to seeing you all at this Saturday’s game!”
Ryan Lannon said, “I am looking forward to meeting with our fans and answering any questions they might have about our team and our season moving forward. We expect a competitive weekend on the ice Saturday & Sunday, and are excited to start things off in a more relaxed setting this Friday. Excited to see you all there!"
This Saturday the Lightning face Nottingham Panthers at the Planet Ice MK Arena, with the puck dropping at 7.00pm; tickets available until face off at www.mk-lightning.co.uk, by calling 01908 540020 or buy in person at the Arena box office.