Elite League look to continue with MK franchise

Milton Keynes Lightning bowed out of the Elite League after two seasons, but a new franchise there has been rejected (PHOTO: Tony Sargent)

The Elite League have announced they are looking into the possibility of continuing with a franchise in Milton Keynes from next season.

MK Lightning made the step down from the EIHL into the NIHL fold after two years following ongoing financial issue that made it difficult to compete.

But the clock is ticking, with the board scheduled to meet on Tuesday to decide whether or not they’ll add a team from there.

A statement on the website said: “Representatives from the Elite Ice Hockey League met with a new consortium on Tuesday looking to take on the EIHL franchise in Milton Keynes.

The meeting was very positive, and the proposal to have an EIHL franchise in Milton Keynes for the 2019-20 season will be discussed at the next EIHL Board Meeting on Tuesday 7 May.

The EIHL are aware of the urgency of this discussion and a decision is expected to be taken at Tuesday’s meeting in the East Midlands.”

It is understood this will be a brand new team, which will make a third outfit, adding to MK Thunder and Lightning, but no information about them is known at this time.

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  1. I support Bracknell Bees so do I care? Well, actually, yes I do. I care that the sport is not getting the level of media exposure that it needs and deserves. The governing body of British Ice Hockey need to take a hard look at how they can get the profile of the game raised. FreeSports have done well to cover what they have, but unfortunately FreeSports is not seen as mainstream sports broadcasting. We need Sky…

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