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.”