With their first pre-season challenge match just days away, the Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning have announced the signing of forward Andreas Valdix.  The 33 year old Swede moves from Elite League rivals Sheffield Steelers.

Valdix was selected by Washington Capitals in round four of the 2003 NHL Draft.  He brings to Milton Keynes a significant amount of experience, with117 matches in the top tier of Swedish hockey, 376 in the Allsvenskan league, 99 in Austria as well as 88 Elite League fixtures with the Steelers.

In addition he represented his country in international tournaments from U16 through to U20 levels.

Standing at 6’ 00” tall and 192lbs, Valdix is a versatile forward with a physical presence, who can play centre or right wing.  He was a member of the Steelers side that scooped the Elite League Playoff title in 2016-17.  An adept playmaker for the Yorkshire side, Andreas contributed more assists than any other import forward at the Steelers last season and the second highest of all imports combined.

Lightning Head Coach Doug McKay was delighted to be able to sign Andreas for the upcoming season: “We faced competition for his signature so I’m extremely happy to have signed him,”  commented the Canadian. “He knows what the Elite League is about so will need no time to get up to speed there.  Andreas knows how to set up goals as well as score them and although this is a late acquisition for us, I’m happy that he’ll fit right in and be a valuable member of our team.”

  • Buy your tickets now to see Andreas Valdix in home action when Lightning face Guildford Flames on Sat 1 Sept, Coventry Blaze on Wed 5 Sept and Sheffield Steelers on Sun 9 Sept.  Buy in person at the Planet Ice MK Box Office, call 01908 540020 or online at mk-lightning.co.uk/tickets.

Andreas Valdix’s warm up, home and away jerseys are now available on our Own and Loan Scheme. Own & Loan sees your name on the back of his jersey for the season.  The match-worn jersey is 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

For an unusual but cost-effective way to promote your business, join the Lightning as Andreas Valdix’s corporate sponsor. This package includes your business logo on the player’s jersey and announced at the start of every game he plays, as well as every time he scores a goal or assist during a match.  Contact our Commercial Manager Sarah Jane Smyth for information by emailing sarah-jane@mk-lightning.co.uk.