New MK team move to oust troubled Lightning
A new team in Milton Keynes has decided to remove MK Lightning from the NIHL's National Division at a dramatic day for sport in the city.
In a joint statement between Planet Ice and "Let's Play Hockey," who created the new Milton Keynes ice hockey club, revealed that They would take ice time on the rink instead of Lightning, who was again accused of not paying his players.
The MKIHC also confirmed that its membership application to the Elite League had been rejected and had to revise its corporate plan for it to meet the NIHL's criteria.
The new club also announced that it would appeal to Lightning players and coaching staff to invite them to participate.
According to the press release posted on the website: "After a hectic day, Planet Ice confirmed that it had offered Milton Keynes Ice Hockey Club (MKIHC) the opportunity to manage the event. NHLL team based in Milton Keynes within the National Division – 2019/20 season.
"In addition, the team behind" Let's Play Hockey "has accepted the offer and is happy to confirm that Milton Keynes will enter the national division under his direction.
"Since he announced this morning that the Elite League had decided not to allocate him room for the upcoming season, the MKIHC has quickly developed a review of the model of management required for NIHL. This was possible thanks to a close working relationship with Planet Ice.
"Parallel to this, Planet Ice awarded the ice contract to MKIHC, which will lead the only NHLL National Division club to play at Milton Keynes, completing the current club of South 1 – MK Thunder.
The MKIHC has watched with interest the recent signatures and will open discussions soon with the game and coaching staff previously provided by MK Lightning for the coming season. "
Lightning's problems have been widely publicized in recent months with homeowners Graham and Monica Moody, who were accused of not paying the salaries and expenses of a number of gamers and gamblers. their former coach Doug McKay.
The latest was Trevor Morbeck, who posted on his Facebook account detailed information about his problems, threatened with eviction from his apartment and risked dropping his MBA course, listing expenses which, according to him, are attributable to him. him.
He said: "The other day, the owner unexpectedly came forward, claiming that the rent n & # 39; 39, had not been paid for this month.
"That made me extremely nervous, as surely all individuals in this situation will be. The thought of being evicted from our apartment while I only have two months left in my master's degree is agonizing. How could I continue to go to university without anywhere to live?
"The idea of working so hard and getting closer to graduation solely to deal with these financial decisions breaks the heart.
"Now I am forced to make the decision to go home and sacrifice finishing my MBA for which I have worked hard or staying to finish it and face financial hardship, it's disappointing. "
EIHA said they were watching the situation closely and a statement said: "The NIHL League Executive Committee is closely following the recent evolution of the composition of the new NIHL National Division in Milton Keynes.
"The discussions are still ongoing and the league will make a full statement at the end of the debate.
"The NIHL continue to work behind the scenes with plans for the 2019/20 season for all divisions of the National Ice Hockey League and will be able to confirm details after the section meetings that are scheduled for the weekend. end of June 8th and 9th. . "
Graham Moody was also contacted for comments, but did not respond to our request.
Fans have created a fund to help Morbeck and Nelson Armstrong, who is also affected by what has happened to help them complete their MBA. The fund is currently raising over £ 3,000 and anyone wishing to make a donation can click on Lightning Player's Lightning Player Fund .