Lightning try to calm fears over Planet Ice melting

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MK LIGHTNING general manager Vito Rausa says the current problems at Planet Ice will not impact his side as they prepare for the new English Premier League season.

The refrigeration plant and cooling tower at Planet Ice failed this week, meaning the rink will be closed for at least two weeks while vital repair work is carried out and a new ice pad laid.

Rausa said: “We have a fantastic working relationship with Planet Ice and have absolutely every confidence that they will see this project through to completion successfully.

“Everyone at Lightning is looking forward to starting a very competitive season on what we know will be a first class ice pad.”

A statement on the club’s website added: “The management of MK Lightning would like to emphasise that they have absolutely no concerns about the impact on the team of re-laying the ice at the team’s base, Planet Ice Milton Keynes.

“Whilst essential repairs at the rink are carried out, the team will continue their pre-season training uninterrupted. Work at the rink is expected to be completed well before the team’s first friendly game on Saturday, September 8.”

Lightning are due to welcome Telford Tigers to town that day – a week before their annual Ashes home clash against Peterborough Phantoms. Their first EPL game is against Manchester Phoenix on September 22.