The Milton Keynes Lightning have confirmed the re-signing of defenceman James Griffin on a two-year contract and also announce the availability of season tickets for the 2016-17 season.

The current season is about to approach its climax with EPL Play Off quarter finals this weekend and the showcase Finals weekend in Coventry on 2-3 April.

To whet supporters’ appetites for the 2016-17 season Lightning are extremely happy to announce that highly rated defenceman James Griffin has re-signed for two more seasons.

Swindon-born James came to the Lightning last summer after four seasons with the Elite League’s Coventry Blaze. He previously captained Great Britain at U18 level and made 13 appearances for GB at U20 level.

“I’m delighted Griff has agreed to stay with us for at least another two years,” said Head Coach Pete Russell. “He’s been a fantastic signing for us and is a big part of our team both on and off the ice. His energy, passion and desire are there for all to see in every game. Griff plays a hard game and people know about it when they come up against him.

“This season I’ve seen him get better and better and his confidence has grown, which has enhanced his whole game. He has a big future in our sport, and people forget he’s only 22 years old! There’s so much more to come from him and he has a strong desire to continue developing his game.”

James Griffin commented, “I’ve really enjoyed this season – the team is a really great bunch of guys and I’ve enjoyed playing under Pete. Our fans are brilliant and they create such an electric atmosphere every game. I’m honoured – and looking forward to playing for the Lightning for the next two years.”

Lightning fans still buzzing from a great season of hockey at the Milton Keynes Arena can now secure their favourite seat or viewing spot for every home league game next season, at the lowest possible price.

Supporters taking the Early Bird option and paying in full before Friday 10 June can reserve a season ticket for £299 – saving more than 17 per cent on buying match-by-match.

Our Early Bird season ticket purchase evening will be held in the Tag Taylor Bar & Grill at 7.30pm on Wednesday 8 June. Current season ticket holders have until Friday 10 June to renew their current seat/viewing spot.

The season ticket application form is now available to download from the MKL website.

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