MK LIGHTNING have completed their defensive signings for the new ice hockey season with the arrival of youngster Dan Harris from English Premier League rivals Basingstoke Bison.
The 23-year-old from North Tyneside worked his way up through the youth system in Whitley Bay and enjoyed three very successful seasons with the English National League Whitley Warriors – the final one of which saw the team lose only two games all season.
That final season also saw Harris gain valuable Elite League experience when he featured four times for the Newcastle Vipers. Last summer he stepped up to the EPL in signing for Basingstoke where he iced in 38 regular season games, as well as in both of the team’s play-off quarter-finals.
He said his experience of playing against Lightning last season was a major factor that made signing for the city club an easy decision.
“Whenever we faced them last year their fans were amazing and you could see that the team was well set-up and very strong defensively,” he said.
“It’s a massive club, and when I heard they were interested in me and what they’re planning for the coming season, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I’m looking forward to working hard, but I know I’ll learn a lot and become a better player.”
Lightning head coach Nick Poole said: “When we began looking for a player to fill the position we had, we wanted to find a young, hungry player who competed every night – and we believe that in Dan we’ve found that player.
“He’s a very good team player and takes pride in the defensive zone. He is committed and looks to block shots and make the easy plays. We have a great defensive unit and I feel Dan will fit very well into our team and makes us stronger.”