Lightning snatch Carlon from Phantoms

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MK Lightning have added to their firepower for the next two years with the signing of highly-rated British forward Tom Carlon from Peterborough Phantoms.

The 26-year-old has played for Lightning’s local rivals since 2009, apart from half a season playing for Slough Jets.

Ice hockey action from Phantoms v Swindon Wildcats'Tom Carlon

Ice hockey action from Phantoms v Swindon Wildcats'Tom Carlon

During his time with the Cambridgeshire club he scored 181 points from 176 games and finished the 2012-13 season as the top points scoring British player and fourth highest points scorer overall.

A native of Telford, Carlon began playing ice hockey with the Telford Wildfoxes when he was 14 and progressed through the town’s junior system, with his ability earning him selections for his country at U18 and U20 levels.

He also captained Great Britain’s U18s and has won several gold medals at international level.

His name and one of his sticks are in the hall of fame in Canada after he scored the game winning goal in one fixture which earned him and his team-mates gold medals.

Ice hockey play off action from Phantoms v Guildford Flames'Tom Carlon goes close

Ice hockey play off action from Phantoms v Guildford Flames'Tom Carlon goes close

In 2006 he signed for the Coventry Blaze in a year when the team were Elite League champions, before moving south to Bracknell Bees for the 2007 season. The following year he returned to Telford for a season before moving east to Peterborough.

Lightning head coach Nick Poole said the chance to sign Carlon on a two-year deal was an opportunity not to be missed.

“I’ve spoken with Tom over the past few summers about him coming to play in MK, and I’m very pleased that we have finally captured his signature,” said Poole.

“He’s a big strong player that I’ve admired since I saw him play junior hockey. Over the last few years he has gained confidence and become one of our league’s best British forwards.

“Tom is ambitious, he wants to win trophies and we know he’ll fit right in with our style of play. He’s a very good skater with an excellent shot and will immediately improve our offence, and he brings a lot of experience at international level and also from his time in the Elite league.

“His size and strength will add to our forecheck and he will be a real thorn in the side of opposition defences.”

The man himself said: “I want to thank Peterborough for having me over the last few years, the team mates I’ve had have been first class and the fans have always been amazing.

“I’m really excited to be given the chance to play for MK. The whole organisation has always looked quality throughout, the fans are incredibly loyal and vocal, and the team itself has always been difficult to play against.

“I’m looking forward to being part of what seems to be a great bunch of guys and I hope I can play my part to helping us towards some trophies.”