LIGHTNING have been boosted by the news that two more of last season’s offensive stars have agreed to return for the new ice hockey season.
Adam Brittle and Matt Towalski have both signed new contracts to stay with the three-time English Premier League champions as they look to improve on last season’s fifth place finish.
Brittle joined the club in 2009 after spells at Wightlink Raiders and Swindon Wildcats, and said he was determined to re-stock the Lightning trophy cabinet after the disappointment of last season in which they were beaten in the play-off final.
“We were all disappointed to end last season without a trophy given the very high standards we always set ourselves and so often achieve,” he said.
“This year, with a strong British backbone to the team, I hope we can carry forward our form shown in the play-offs, to lift silverware again at the end of the year. I can’t wait to be a part of that success.”
Towalski’s deal means he will spend his seventh season in Lightning colours – something which head coach Nick Poole is delighted to boast.
“Matty is part of the MKL furniture and a player we must not take for granted,” said Poole. “He’s the heartbeat of our team and the driving force on the best third line in the league.
“He’s a tough player to play against and always comes up with key goals when the team needs it most.”
And speaking about Brittle, Poole said: “I’ve always been an admirer of the way Adam plays – his skating and puck control are second to none on our team and he has the ability to make a play from nothing.
“Last year Adam increased his point tally from his first year, and I see him adding to his totals again this coming season.”
Lightning are expected to announce three more signings in the coming weeks.