Head Coach Doug McKay has secured another promising young prospect for the Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning, in the form of US-born defenceman Clay Anderson.  The 6’ 0” Nebraska native transfers after a season where he helped Danish side Aalborg Pirates to victory in the playoffs and second spot in the league.

Clay, 24, was a key member of the defence whilst playing for Harvard University during his neurobiology studies.  Over four seasons, he competed in 126 fixtures for the team – a member of the side that were double NCAA Champions.  During his final season with the Crimsons in 2016-17, the team finished the campaign as champions of the Eastern Conference.

During his season with Aalborg Pirates in 2017-18 he competed in 67 fixtures with the second highest plus-minus stats of the whole roster for league games and the highest of all his team mates in defence.

After signing on for the Pirates last spring, he was praised by Aalborg’s Head Coach for being able to shut down an opposing player but also has a strong offensive mindset.

Lightning’s Head Coach Doug McKay said the Lightning defence will benefit from having Anderson in it.  “I had very good reports about Clay’s abilities – he reads the game really well and I know he will be strong for us.  He is ambitious and hard-working, and I know he will be a good fit for this team in a very competitive Elite League.”

Clay Anderson will be studying at the University of Buckingham in the coming season and the University will be his corporate sponsor.

Clay Anderson’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!  For full details and to apply, email store@mk-lightning.co.uk

Tickets for Lightning’s pre-season home Challenge fixtures against Guildford Flames (1 Sept) and Coventry Blaze (5 Sept), and the first home league fixture against Sheffield Steelers (9 Sept) are now on sale – book now to make sure of your seat!  The pre-season Challenge fixtures are not covered by the season ticket package but those seats will be reserved until 90 minutes before face-off.  Book now at www.mk-lightning.co.uk/tickets.