Czech winger Radek Meidl is the latest overseas player to commit to the Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning for the 2018-19 season.

Meidl, 29, hails from Prostejov in the eastern Czech Republic, where he has played for the majority of his pro career, honing his skills.  He joined the renowned Sparta Praha organisation at age 16, spending three seasons with the club’s U18 and U20 sides.

In summer 2006 he signed for the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds, consolidating his North American experience by spending the next season at their league rivals, Tri-City Americans.  He also represented his country at U16, U18 and U20 levels in the early stages of his career.

Returning home from north America, Radek saw out that season playing at Olomouk back in his home country.  Since then he remained in Czechia until summer 2017 when his services were secured by Orlik Opole, competing in the top tier of Polish hockey.  An accomplished season saw him become top goals and points scorer in a roster including some names well known to British hockey fans – Milan Baranyk, Jonas Hoog, Michal Satek and Janis Auzins.

The 2018-19 season will be Radek’s first taste of the British game and Head Coach Doug McKay is optimistic:

“Radek learned the game at a top quality organisation, Sparta Praha – then supplemented that by spending time in the WHL. Having such a good season last time out, in Poland, proves he can still do a great job, and I’m looking forward to seeing him in our colours!”

Check out Radek Meidl’s stats on Elite Prospects, here: https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/11101/radek-meidl

Secure your season ticket to watch Radek in action at the MK Arena every week – www.mk-lightning.co.uk/tickets/season-tickets

Radek Meidl’s warm up, home and away jerseys are now available on our Own and Loan Scheme which sees your name on the back of his jersey for the season.  The match-worn jersey is then presented to its owner by the player at the end of the 2018-19 season, a unique memento of the player’s performances in the Elite League!  For full details and to apply, email dave@b2promodesign.com

For an unusual but cost-effective way to promote your business, join the Lightning as Radek Meidl’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.