Milton Keynes Thunder

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Milton Keynes Thunder
MK Thunder Logo.jpg
City Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
League NIHL South Division 1
Founded 2001
Home arena The MK Arena
Colors White, Black & Red
              
General manager England David Fairhurst
Head coach Wales Nicky Chinn
Captain England Jamie Line
Affiliates Milton Keynes Lightning
Milton Keynes Storm
Website Milton Keynes Thunder
Franchise history
2001 – present Milton Keynes Thunder
Championships
Regular season titles 0
Playoff championships 0

Milton Keynes Thunder are an ice hockey team from Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, currently playing in the National Ice Hockey League South Division 1. The team was founded in 2001 predominantly to provide competitive hockey and further development opportunities for players leaving the Milton Keynes Junior Ice Hockey system. Their home rink is the refurbished and renamed MK Arena; known locally as the Thunderdome. It has a capacity of circa 2,500.

Club history[edit]

Foundation[edit]

Founded in 2001, MK Thunder originally shared their home rink with the Milton Keynes Kings. However, the MK Kings were involved in a dispute with rink operators Planet Ice, which led to their relocation to Solihull in May 2002.[1] The space left by the MK Kings was eventually taken by the Milton Keynes Lightning which was formed in 2002.

Position in the Milton Keynes Ice Hockey structure[edit]

As the second most senior ice hockey club in Milton Keynes, the MK Thunder have always played in the National Ice Hockey League South Division 1 or its former incarnations (English National League South, English National League South A and English National League South 1). It has been used as a vehicle to further develop Milton Keynes based players and has been a 'feeder' club for the senior hockey club Milton Keynes Lightning. The teams iced by the club have been dominated by local players, supplemented by the occasional import (league rules restrict the use of import players to just three, compared to five in the second tier EPIHL and eleven in the first tier EIHL). The club also has links with the junior system and provides development opportunities for junior players at the Milton Keynes Storm Club.

Arena redevelopment[edit]

In March 2013, Milton Keynes Council approved plans to redevelop the Leisure Plaza after failed attempts in 2006 and 2011. The development of the arena was funded by Morrisons Supermarkets and took 17 months to complete. This forced Thunder to play their home games at a temporary rink sited within the Milton Keynes City Centre in a building vacated by the Supermarket Waitrose. The rink and the MK ICE charity established to operate it was organised by the team's owner and general manager, David Fairhurst. The team returned to the redeveloped rink which had been renamed the "MK Arena" in October 2014.

Club honours[edit]

The Milton Keynes Thunder lifted their first silverware when they secured the NIHL South BBO Cup in the 2016-17 season.

Club Roster Confirmed for 2016/17[edit]

Netminders
No. Nat. Player Catches Date of birth Place of birth Acquired
17 England Mark Woolf L (1978-06-29) 29 June 1978 (age 38) London 2002 from Milton Keynes Kings
31 England David Wride L (1986-12-13) 13 December 1986 (age 30) Harrow, London 2016 from Streatham Redskins
Defencemen
No. Nat. Player Shoots Date of birth Place of birth Acquired
2 England Alex Whyte L (1996-07-23) 23 July 1996 (age 20) Peterborough 2013 from Peterborough Phantoms
3 England Paul Gore R (1982-11-16) 16 November 1982 (age 34) Newport Pagnell 2014 from Milton Keynes Lightning
13 England Nidal Phillips R (1992-10-16) 16 October 1992 (age 24) Milton Keynes 2009 from Milton Keynes Storm
19 England Jamie Randall L (1975-02-05) 5 February 1975 (age 41) Doncaster 2010 from Bracknell Bees
21 England Ross Green R (1992-02-19) 19 February 1992 (age 24) Chelmsford 2016 from Milton Keynes Lightning
44 Slovakia Boris Ruzicka L (1988-04-04) 4 April 1988 (age 28) Slovakia 2016 from Oxford City Stars
50 England Greg Randall L (1978-12-06) 6 December 1978 (age 38) Doncaster 2016 from Unattached Free Agent
55 England Simon Howard L (1973-09-21) 21 September 1973 (age 43) London 2010 from Chelmsford Chieftains
Forwards
No. Nat. Player Shoots Date of birth Place of birth Acquired
5 England Jamie Line - Captain R (1990-01-23) 23 January 1990 (age 26) Luton 2014 from Slough Jets
10 England Cameron Wynn L (1995-03-10) 10 March 1995 (age 21) Basingstoke 2016 from Unattached Free Agent
12 England Ryan Coffey L (1997-04-07) 7 April 1997 (age 19) Milton Keynes 2013 from Milton Keynes Storm
15 England Tom Mboya R (1994-04-18) 18 April 1994 (age 22) Milton Keynes 2010 from Milton Keynes Storm
20 England Adam Harris R (1990-01-01) 1 January 1990 (age 27) Oxford 2016 from Slough Jets
27 Wales Nicky Chinn R (1972-06-14) 14 June 1972 (age 44) Cardiff 2016 from Streatham Redskins
51 England James Clarke R (1977-10-25) 25 October 1977 (age 39) Oxford 2015 from Oxford City Stars
61 England Ross Bowers R (1985-07-30) 30 July 1985 (age 31) Luton 2015 from Milton Keynes Lightning
62 Czech Republic Jakob Klima R (1990-01-26) 26 January 1990 (age 26) Liberec, Czech Republic 2016 from Chelmsford Chieftains
81 England Harrison Goode L (1990-12-15) 15 December 1990 (age 26) Luton 2007 from Milton Keynes Storm
82 England Connor Goode R (1993-11-02) 2 November 1993 (age 23) Luton 2014 from Milton Keynes Lightning
91 Canada Nick Poole R (1973-07-11) 11 July 1973 (age 43) Calgary 2015 from Milton Keynes Lightning
2 Way Players
No. Nat. Player Shoots Date of birth Place of birth Acquired

Statistical records[edit]

Top ten appearances[edit]

League, Cup & Play Offs; as at Monday 16 January 2017
Player
No. Nat. Player Active Seasons Appearances
1 England Paul Gore 2002–2009 & 2011-2017 328
2 England Sam Fairhurst 2002–2015 inclusive 325
3 England Matthew Roberts 2002–2003, 2004-2014 & 2015-2106 294
4 England Harrison Goode 2007–2017 inclusive 269
5 England Jamie Randall 2008–2009 & 2010-2017 249
6 England Lewis Clifford 2002–2011 inclusive 240
7 England Nidal Phillips 2009–2017 inclusive 232
8 England Mark Woolf 2002–2014 & 2015–2017 230
9 England Paul Jamieson 2002–2011 inclusive 218
10 England Martyn Snape 2007–2013 & 2014–2016 204

Top ten points scorers[edit]

League, Cup & Play Offs; as at Monday 16 January 2017
Player
No. Nat. Player Active Seasons Points
1 England Harrison Goode 2007-2017 inclusive 183
2 England Jamie Line 2010-2011 & 2014-2017 167
3 England Ross Bowers 2010-2011 & 2015-2017 152
4 England Jamie Randall 2008-2009 & 2010-2017 141
5 England Connor Goode 2009-2013 & 2014-2017 127
6 England Tom Mboya 2010–2017 inclusive 123
7 England Michael Knights 2003-2006 & 2007-2011 119
8 England Kieron Goody 2002–2011 inclusive 113
8 Northern Ireland Aram Todd 2002–2007 & 2010-2011 113
10 England Paul Jamieson 2002–2011 inclusive 106

Top ten goal scorers[edit]

League, Cup & Play Offs; as at Monday 16 January 2017
Player
No. Nat. Player Active Seasons Goals
1 England Harrison Goode 2007–2017 inclusive 84
2 England Jamie Line 2010-2011 & 2014-2017 77
2 England Ross Bowers 2010-2011 & 2015-2017 77
4 England Paul Jamieson 2002–2011 inclusive 71
5 England Connor Goode 2009-2013 & 2014-2017 60
6 England Tom Mboya 2010-2017 inclusive 59
7 Slovakia Maros Stefanco 2010-2012 inclusive 51
8 England Michael Knights 2003–2006 & 2007–2011 48
9 Northern Ireland Aram Todd 2002-2007 & 2010-2011 46
9 England Kieron Goody 2002–2011 inclusive 46

Top ten goal assists[edit]

League, Cup & Play Offs; as at Monday 16 January 2017
Player
No. Nat. Player Active Seasons Assists
1 England Harrison Goode 2007-2017 inclusive 99
2 England Jamie Randall 2008–2009 & 2010-2017 97
3 England Jamie Line 2010-2011 & 2014-2017 90
4 England Ross Bowers 2010–2011 & 2015-2017 75
5 England Michael Knights 2003–2006 & 2007-2011 71
6 Northern Ireland Aram Todd 2002–2007 & 2010-2011 67
6 England Connor Goode 2009-2013 & 2014-2017 67
6 England Kieron Goody 2002–2011 inclusive 67
9 England Tom Mboya 2010-2017 inclusive 64
10 England Lee Featherstone 2002–2008 & 2009-2012 62

Top ten penalty minutes[edit]

League, Cup & Play Offs; as at Monday 16 January 2017
Player
No. Nat. Player Active Seasons Minutes
1 England Matthew Roberts 2002-2003, 2004-2014 & 2015-2016 1520
2 England Paul Gore 2002–2009 & 2011–2017 932
3 England Lee Featherstone 2003–2008 & 2009-2012 746
4 England Paul Jamieson 2002–2011 inclusive 684
5 England Michael Knights 2003–2006 & 2007-2011 592
6 England James Roberts 2002–2009 inclusive 555
7 England Lewis Clifford 2002–2011 inclusive 464
8 England Kieron Goody 2002–2011 inclusive 320
9 England Harrison Goode 2007–2017 inclusive 314
10 Slovakia Ivan Turan 2006–2008 inclusive 269

Top ten points to game ratio[edit]

League, Cup & Play Offs; as at Monday 16 January 2017 (Players with under 20 appearances not included)
Player
No. Nat. Player Active Seasons Points/Games Ratio
1 England Ross Bowers 2010-2011 & 2015-2017 1.85
2 Slovakia Maros Stefanco 2010-2012 inclusive 1.65
3 Czech Republic Jakub Klima 2016-2017 1.55
4 England Jamie Line 2010-2011 & 2014-2017 1.46
5 Slovakia Michal Lauko 2008–2009 1.32
6 Poland Piotr Poziomkowski 2013–2015 inclusive 1.18
7 England Mark Krater 2002–2004 & 2005-2008 1.07
8 England Michael Knights 2003–2006 & 2007-2011 1.04
9 England Tom Hurley 2004–2008 inclusive 1.02
10 Latvia Maksims Petruks 2012–2014 inclusive 1.00

Top ten goals to game ratio[edit]

League, Cup & Play Offs; as at Monday 16 January 2017 (Players with under 20 appearances not included)
Player
No. Nat. Player Active Seasons Goals/Games Ratio
1 Czech Republic Jakub Klima 2016-2017 0.95
2 England Ross Bowers 2010-2011 & 2015-2017 0.94
3 Slovakia Maros Stefanco 2010-2012 inclusive 0.93
4 England Jamie Holland 2009–2010 0.74
5 England Jamie Line 2010-2011 & 2014-2017 0.68
6 Slovakia Michel Lauko 2008-2009 0.64
7 Latvia Maksims Petruks 2012–2014 inclusive 0.57
8 Poland Piotr Poziomkowski 2013–2015 inclusive 0.55
9 England Josh Nicklin 2008-2010 & 2014-2016 0.53
10 England Tom Hurley 2004–2008 inclusive 0.52

Top ten assists to game ratio[edit]

League, Cup & Play Offs; as at Monday 16 January 2017 (Players with under 20 appearances not included)
Player
No. Nat. Player Active Seasons Assists/Games Ratio
1 England Ross Bowers 2010-2011 & 2015-2017 0.91
2 England Jamie Line 2010-2011 & 2014-2017 0.79
3 Slovakia Maros Stefanco 2010-2012 inclusive 0.73
4 Slovakia Michel Lauko 2008–2009 0.68
5 Poland Piotr Poziomkowski 2013-2015 inclusive 0.63
6 England Michael Knights 2003-2006 & 2007-2011 0.62
7 Czech Republic Jakub Klima 2016-2017 0.59
8 England Mark Krater 2002-2004 & 2005-2008 0.56
9 England Mark Conway 2002–2004 inclusive 0.55
9 England Ross Green 2008-2011 & 2016-2017 0.55

Top ten penalty minutes to games ratio[edit]

League, Cup & Play Offs; as at Monday 16 January 2017 (Players with under 20 appearances not included)
Player
No. Nat. Player Active Seasons PIM/Games Ratio
1 Slovakia Ivan Turan 2006-2008 inclusive 7.08
2 England Richard Munnelly 2002–2004 inclusive 5.78
3 England Michael Knights 2003-2006 & 2007-2011 5.19
4 England Matthew Roberts 2002–2003, 2004-2014 & 2015-2016 5.17
5 England Lee Featherstone 2002–2008 & 2009-2012 4.49
6 England James Roberts 2002–2009 inclusive 4.08
7 England Jacob Corson-Heron 2008-2011 inclusive 3.16
8 England Paul Jamieson 2002-2011 inclusive 3.14
9 England Paul Gore 2002–2009 & 2011-2017 2.84
10 Slovakia Kristian Simo 2008-2009 2.52

Top ten save percentages[edit]

League, Cup & Play Offs; as at Monday 16 January 2017 (Players with under 12 appearances not included)
Player
No. Nat. Player Active Seasons Save Percentage
1 England Damien King 2014-2016 inclusive 92.24
2 Estonia Villem-Henrik Koitmaa 2015–2016 91.20
3 England Allen Sutton 2007-2008 90.46
4 England David Wride 2016-2017 89.12
5 England Denis Bell 2013-2014 88.96
6 England Mark Woolf 2002–2014 & 2015-2017 88.91
7 England Jordan Hedley 2012-2013 88.17
8 England Spencer Caminsky 2014-2016 inclusive 86.63
9 England David Cassidy 2010–2014 inclusive 85.61
10 England Kim Taylor 2003-2008 inclusive 81.81

Season-by-season record[edit]

Associated teams[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MK Kings live on in Solihull". Milton Keynes Citizen. May 2002. 

External links[edit]