Stan’s the man for Lightning

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Slovakian Stan Lascek bagged four top awards when Milton Keynes Lightning held annual end of season presentations evening on Sunday.

The popular forward who joined Lightning at the start of the season picked up the Top Points Scorer, Most Valuable Player, Players’ Player and Supporters Club Player prizes.

The 28-year-old was one of eight re-signings announced to fans at the event.

Afterwards Lascek said: “I was really surprised to win so many awards. The Players’ Player is the one I really appreciate. It was an emotional moment for me when I received that award.

“I have really enjoyed this year and I’m really looking forward to coming back next year.

“Our schedule has been so rough this season with practicing in Coventry and then having to maintain our own fitness in the gym. Next year when we are back in Milton Keynes we will have all this energy and we will be even better than this year.”

Most improved player was teenager Jordan Cownie – signed from rivals Peterborough Phantoms for the start of the season while the Coach’s award went to another newcomer, Tom Carlon.

Best defensive player was won by product of the Milton Keynes junior system, Ross Green.

Lascek was the first of the re-signings announced by General Manager Vito Rausa.

Rausa quipped: “For those of you who have Facebook you will have seen Stan’s message ‘I will see you guys next year.’ So Stan actually signed himself up!’

Other players who will be returning next year are Cownie, Green, Lewis Christie, Michael Farn, Blaz Emersic, Carlon and Grant McPherson.

More signings are expected in the coming weeks.

Rausa promised fans that Lightning will be back playing in Milton Keynes next season after being forced to play their home games at Coventry Skydome while their Leisure Plaza undergoes refurbishment.

“This has probably been the toughest season in Lightning’s 12 year history. We did not realise at the start how tough it was going to be with all those miles of travelling for training with every home game an away match,” he said.

He thanked all the helpers who had made the operation at Coventry a smooth running one and the drivers who had transported players and equipment during the season.

He paid tribute to the fans saying the club knew how tough and expensive it had been for them as well.

“I never once heard a player once complain about the travel and nor have the fans,” he said.