American forward Denny Kearney has signed for MK Lightning.
Prior to that he was at Bolzano in the EBEL, where he ended the season as third-highest points scorer.
Lightning boss Pete Russell said: “Denny is a gritty player to play against with great hands and an excellent finish around the net. He is strong down low on the powerplay and his experience will be vital to us.
“He has played in some top leagues and been a top four scorer on the majority of past teams.
“When I spoke to Todd Kelman and Andrew Lord they both said great things about Denny on and off the ice, and what a great signing he would be for us if it was possible to get him.
“Denny is a great signing for us and I know his style of play will be perfect for our team’s identity on the ice.
“I’m excited about the prospect of working with him and I’m sure our fans are going to love his game.
“Things are coming together nicely and as the summer goes on I just get more excited by the day and really looking forward to get this team on the ice.”
Kearney added: “I’m very excited to be joining the new team in the Elite League. It will be a fun challenge to come into the league and try to make some noise.
“Coach Russell seems to have a great group of guys already signed and I’m looking forward to meeting the fans and us having a great year.”