Lightning raid French champs again

MK Lightning have signed Canadian forward Kyle Essery from French league champions Rapaces de Gap.

The 26-year-old follows in the footsteps of recent Lightning signing Kevin King who also iced for Gap last season.

“I’m really excited to join Milton Keynes for the upcoming year – it’s a really great opportunity to be a part of the team’s inaugural season in the EIHL,” said Essery.

“I can’t wait to be part of their history and do all I can to bring home a championship.”

Lightning boss Pete Russell added: “Kyle is a ‘team first’ guy who puts his body on the line every single game.

“He has a strong work ethic, high levels of fitness and he’s not afraid to go to areas where it hurts – he is fearless.

“He skates well and plays hard both ways and he’s strong in penalty kill situations.

“Everyone I’ve spoken to about Kyle couldn’t say enough about his fantastic personality and his character – that he’s a great person and always has a smile on his face.

“I’m delighted to be able to add Kyle to our group and look forward to seeing him in action in Lightning colours.”

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