MK Thunder announce nucleus of
new season squad
the start of the new season just weeks away, the Milton Keynes Thunder
can begin confirming the roster which will contest the 2014-15 season.
One of the stepping stones that forms the MK Ice Hockey Academy, the
Thunder aims to provide some genuine competition in the National Ice
The upcoming season will be Alex Whyte’s
first as a senior player, and he brings the additional experience gained
after representing Team GB at U18 level at the World Junior
Championships last season. Alex is a genuine two-way centre, capable of
taking the puck from zone to zone to set up scoring opportunities.
Viewed as an attractive long-term prospect in the sport, Thunder were
quick to secure his services for another season.
The 2014-15 season will be Tom Mboya’s
fifth with MK Thunder, having proved his abilities as a creative
playmaker as comfortable breaking out of defence as he is at putting the
puck in the opposition’s net. The combination of Thunder’s renewed
ambition coupled with attractive signings convinced Tom to turn down the
attentions of other clubs and stay with his hometown club.
returns to the Thunder after a season away with Coventry Blaze NIHL
where he played on a two-way contract with the MK Lightning. During his
games in Lightning colours, he impressed many with his ability at EPL
level - not least the Lightning and MK Academy Head Coach, Nick Poole.
Now he returns to Thunder to provide speed and firepower in front of
Vastly experienced defenceman Paul Gore
returns to Thunder as player-coach after spending time last season with
the Lightning, impressing as injury cover for Lewis Christie. A strong,
stay-at-home defenceman, Paul’s experience will undoubtedly benefit the
younger talent being added to the Thunder roster. His time as defensive
coach for South West Conference will add valuable experience to the
Academy coaching line up.
Manager of the MK Thunder Dave Fairhurst
commented: “We’re very excited about these signings and they’re just the
beginning of the roster that will be giving everything to make sure that
Milton Keynes has a genuinely competitive presence in the NIHL. The
Academy structure will undoubtedly help us, as the more organised
framework is already helping to attract genuine talent and provide us
with a huge amount of coaching experience to draw upon”.
The remainder of the roster will be confirmed
in the near future.