Milton Keynes Lightning conclude their 2015-16 roster announcements today by confirming the addition of another much sought-after young British prospect, Glenn Billing.
Hailing from the former hockey town of Romford, Billing - who celebrated his 18th birthday in May - is another graduate of the Okanagan Hockey Academy who also has international experience.
Last season he was not only one of the U18 team that collected bronze medals at the World Junior Championship, but also played for the U20 team that scooped gold in their section of the tournament.
Billing developed his skills in his hometown, and a standout 2012-13 season with the U16 Hornets as well as the U18 Buccaneers saw his talent recognised by the Swindon hockey organisation. Progressing to NIHL level for 2013, Billing picked up 31 points in 18 games for the Wildcats NIHL side as well as 52 points in 14 games at U18 level.
Last season he was top points scorer at Okanagan Academy’s U18 level, averaging two goals per game.
“I’m really excited about this opportunity Pete has given me,” said the yooungster.
“I really enjoyed playing for him the last two years and speaking to him about his plans, I knew the Lightning was the perfect place for me to develop and keep improving my game.
“I’ve heard great things from the boys I’ve played with who play in Milton Keynes about the great support from the fans and the setup there.
“Pete has put together a good team and I can’t wait meet the guys and get going!”
Head Coach Pete Russell added: “I’m delighted Glen is joining us next season.
“I have worked very closely with him the last few years and am looking forward to having him around again.
“Glenn is a skilled, hard-working two way forward who turns up to play each night.
“He is reliable at both ends of the rink and battles hard in all situations.
“He’s a smart player who sees the ice so well and makes good decisions with and without the puck and is a very productive player for his team.
“This is a great opportunity for Glen and like his line mate Luc Johnson, I know he will grab it with both hands.
“My aim for the Lightning this season is to create a depth of talent and also to develop players for the future.
“Billing, Johnson and Knaggs fit the criteria and are young players who we’re delighted to have in our group.”