Having joined in 2003 and after 14 consecutive seasons with MKL, “Carsy” leaves for pastures new. The 32 year old veteran has contested more games in Lightning colours than any other player, including a memorable testimonial game two seasons ago.
Defenceman Michael Farn leaves with the benefit of eight seasons’ experience at MK, as well as having represented Great Britain at junior level.
Alternate Captain Leigh Jamieson’s hockey career began with MK’s junior network, Milton Keynes Storm. He then played with MK Kings before joining Lightning, in their formation year, in 2002. He has earned selection for Team GB at both junior and senior level, most recently at Olympic pre-qualifying level in 2012. He has also represented Belfast Giants and Coventry Blaze.
Craig Scott carved out his hockey career in Canada, rising to prominence with MKL rivals Peterborough in the 2015-16 season, before signing for Lightning a season later. Craig has made a name for himself as a playmaker and as a goal-scorer, following in the footsteps of his father Paddy, a well-loved MK legend.
Scot Lewis Christie has experienced both Team GB and Lightning ice-time, with 9 seasons with MK under his belt. Christie’s ability to read the game and deadly mid-ice hip check will be major assets for his next team.
Fellow Scot, Jordan Cownie, became a fan favourite due to his speed, link up play with other forwards and for regularly hitting the back of opposition nets. He came onto the Lightning radar after an impressive debut EPL season in Peterborough, transferring to Milton Keynes the following year and staying for four seasons.
James Neil made an immediate impact on MKL’s defensive lines after signing for Lightning after his previous club, the Manchester Phoenix, folded. He also proved himself as a valuable player in MK’s play-off triumph in April.