The Smith Recycling MK Lightning are delighted to announce the signing of US-born defenceman Evan Stoflet. Evan joins MKL from the Corona Brasov Wolves who compete in the MOL Liga.
A native of Madison, Wisconsin, 33 year old Stoflet has amassed significant experience in the US, China and Denmark.
Like several other MKL players he developed his skills in the highly rated North American collegiate system, playing with the University of Vermont where he gained a degree in Community Development and Applied Economics.
His first professional contract was with the Corpus Christie Rays in the CHL before signing for the ECHL’s Utah Grizzlies. In 2011 he enjoyed his first taste of the European game thanks to the first of two periods in Denmark.
2014 saw Stoflet given the chance to play in China – a country working hard to increase its profile in the sport ahead of hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics.
After two seasons in the Asian Ice Hockey League, Evan returned to the US, signing for a third spell with the Utah Grizzlies – before the lure of European hockey saw him sign for Corona Brasov Wolves.
Now his European journey continues as Stoflet arrives in MK for his first experience of the top tier of British hockey, under the guidance of the national team head coach, Pete Russell.
Coach Russell said:
“As everyone is aware I have been looking for a replacement for Kevin Gibson for a long time and it’s been a tough spot to fill at this stage of the season.
“The option to sign Evan came out of the blue and after speaking to people in North America about Evan I felt he is a person and a player who will be right for us.
“Evan brings vast experience and is a great team mate. He skates well and plays a solid game. He is capable of playing in all situations and has high compete levels. He has a team first mentally and I’m delighted to be able to add him to our D core for the remainder of the season.”
Evan Stoflet said he was excited about his new challenge:
“I’ve played all around the world, but never in the UK. So when the opportunity came up to come to Milton Keynes I had to jump on it. Everything I have heard about the team and organization is top notch and I am really excited put the Lightning jersey on.”
Subject to completion of transfer formalities the Lightning hope Evan Stoflet will make his debut at Friday evening’s fixture against the Nottingham Panthers in the EIHL Challenge Cup quarter final first leg. This is the first time Lightning has progressed to the last 8 of this competition so make sure to book tickets in advance: book online at mk-Lightning.co.uk or call 01908 540020.
Evan Stoflet’s home, away and warm up jerseys are immediately available for sponsorship as part of our Own & Loan scheme; for details and costs email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more about Evan’s career check out Elite Prospects