With the size of Elite League rosters allowing for up to three British trained players born in 1994 or later (for the 2017-18 season) the Smith Recycling MK Lightning are excited to confirm the identities of the players filling those spots.
Luc Johnson, Edward Knaggs and Glenn Billing have all grown in confidence and ability on the ice, impressing Head Coach Pete Russell and earning a place in his first line up to compete in the Elite League.
All three will be on two-way contracts with other clubs.
In addition to impressing in MK colours, Luc Johnson also captained Great Britain at both U18 and U20 levels. A product of the MK youth system, Luc’s abilities shone through as the season progressed in our double trophy winning season.
Defenceman Ed Knaggs rose up through the ranks in Milton Keynes like team mate Johnson and has also represented GB at both U18 and U20 levels – one of the youngest members of both teams. Edward’s confidence was evident particularly in the season just ended, showing no fear as part of our defensive lines – often against some very physically imposing opposition forwards.
Glenn Billing honed his skills as part of the Romford junior organisation, going on to play in Swindon before progressing to his first full senior season with Lightning in 2015-16. Like Luc and Edward, Glenn’s undoubted abilities have earned him international call ups at U18 and U20 levels.
Coach Russell commented on signing the three players:
“I am delighted to have retained Glen, Luc and Edward on two-way under-23 contracts.
“These three young men have worked tirelessly on and off the ice. Everyone can see their development each season and being part of an Elite League environment will only enhance their development.
“At this stage they will be training on and off the ice with the Lightning and playing each week in the NIHL. This new U23 rule is a great addition to the EIHL and we’re aiming to do all we can to use it in the correct way, to create future players for the Lightning and Great Britain. “