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DFC Milton Keynes Thunder
MK Thunder Logo
League English National Ice Hockey League
Conference South Division One
Founded 2001

Milton Keynes Thunder

Arena Planet Ice Milton Keynes
"The Thunderdome"</br>
Capacity 2,200
City Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Team Colours White, Black & Gold
Head coach Paul Gore

The DFC Milton Keynes Thunder are an ice hockey team from Milton Keynes, England and are the second team in the city behind Milton Keynes Lightning. They currently play in the English National Ice Hockey League (ENIHL) South Division One league. The team is committed to youth development with practically all players coming from the Milton Keynes junior ice hockey system.

Current staff Edit

Milton Keynes Thunder staff
Executive Operations
  • Ownership – Dave Fairhurst
  • Official Photographer – Claire Stanton
  • Match Night Announcer – Fiona Heron
  • Match Night Music – Ben Cook

Hockey Operations

  • Head Coach – Paul Gore
  • Assistant Coach – Lewis Clifford
  • Goaltending Coach – Mark Woolf
  • Player's Assistant – Tom Smith
  • Equipment Manager – Chris Roberts
  • Physiotherapist – Nefra Germain
  • Strength & Conditioning – Tom Roles & Carl Stevenson

Current playersEdit

Number Player Catches Place of Birth
1 Flag of the United Kingdom Mark Woolf L London, England
## Flag of the United Kingdom Chris Chaplen L Luton, England
Number Player Shoots Place of Birth
3 Flag of the United Kingdom Paul Gore R Luton, England
7 Flag of the United Kingdom Peter Taylor R England
13 Flag of the United Kingdom James Roberts R England
24 Flag of the United Kingdom David Coffey R Scotland
41 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Nabbs L England
80 Flag of Slovenia Kristian Simo L Slovakia
Number Player Shoots Place of Birth
10 Flag of the United Kingdom Kieron Goody R England
12 Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Clifford R Bletchley, England
14 Flag of the United Kingdom Paul Jamieson R England
18 Flag of the United Kingdom Carl Stevenson R England
19 Flag of the United Kingdom Jamie Randall R England
20 Flag of the United Kingdom Martin Snape L England
22 Flag of the United Kingdom Sam Fairhurst R England
47 Flag of the United Kingdom Michael Lucas R England
71 Flag of the United Kingdom Tom Roles R England
81 Flag of the United Kingdom Harrison Goode L England
97 Flag of the United Kingdom Dan Chaplen R Luton, England
## Flag of the United Kingdom Jacob Heron R Milton Keynes, England
## Flag of the United Kingdom Glenn Trivett L England

Overseas playersEdit

Thunder have only had three non-EIHA (overseas) players since the team's inception. Slovakian defenceman Ivan Turan become the first import in team history after wishing to remain in the Milton Keynes area following his release the previous season from EPL affiliate MK Lightning. Donations from fans enabled Thunder to pay the costly ITC card needed in order to sign Turan and he made his debut at the beginning of the 2006/2007 sseason. Also signed in 2006/2007 was local Canadian Todd Bakergeorge who had spent previous seasons playing with local recreational side MK Jesters. For the 2007/2008 season Bakergeorge was replaced by Pavol Hudak, who like Turan is of Slovakian origin. Turan and Hudak both departed the club during the summer of 2008, being replaced by sloviakan defenceman Kristian Simo who signed from ENL rivals Peterborough Islanders and Michal Lauko


At the end of the 2005–06 season the club's original jersey's were auctioned off to fund new designs for the 2006–07 season. The jersey features yellow letters and numbers on the rear with the word "thunder" printed across the bottom, with yellow numbers on both sleeves with a small thunder logo shoulder patch. Traditionally the white jersey is worn for home games, the black jersey for road games, however there have been occasions when this jersey has been worn for home fixtures due to colour clashes with visiting teams. For the 2008/9 season the team will sport new uniforms, with the designs similar to previous years with a new secondary colour of sky blue.


Season-by-season recordEdit

Last 5 seasons, league stats only

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Records as of May 19 2008.

Season GP W L T Pts GF GA Finish Playoffs
2003-04 16 9 5 2 20 62 42 3rd, ENL South 1st Round
2004-05 18 7 7 4 18 51 66 5th, ENL South Did not qualify
2005-06 20 8 8 4 20 84 74 6th, ENL South Did not qualify
2006-07 22 5 13 4 14 79 99 9th, ENL South Did not qualify
2007-08 16 9 5 2 20 67 50 4th, ENL South A Did not qualify

Team CaptainsEdit

Coaching StaffEdit

Head Coaches
  • 2001-2003 – Mark Johnson
  • 2003-2008 – Michael Knights
  • 2008-2009 – Paul Gore
  • 2009-Present – Lewis Clifford

Assistant Coaches

  • 2001-2004 – Chris Anderson
  • 2001-2004 – Jimmy Ryan
  • 2004-2008 – Paul Gore
  • 2008-Present – Lewis Clifford

Bench Coaches

  • 2001-2004 - Davey Phillips
  • 2004-2005 – Andy Linton
  • 2005-2006 – Dave Fairhurst
  • 2006-2007 – Phil Wooderson
  • 2007-2009 – Matt Roberts
  • 2009-Present – Andy Watts

Scoring LeadersEdit

These are the end of season scorering leaders for the past 4 seasons, including league, cup & playoff games. Previous season scoring records are unknown.

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game; G/G = Goals per game; A/G = Assists per game; * = current Thunder player

Points Goals Assists
Season Player Pos GP G A Pts P/G
2004/2005 Michael knights D 19 7 14 21 1.10
2005/2006 Michael Knights D 20 15 18 33 1.65
2006/2007 Tom Hurley* LW 13 16 8 24 1.84
2007/2008 Dan Chaplen* RW 13 9 12 21 1.61
Player Pos GP G G/G
Ben White C 21 9 0.42
Michael Knights D 20 15 0.75
Tom Hurley* LW 13 16 1.23
Tom Roles* RW 23 14 0.60
Player Pos GP A A/G
James Roberts* RW 18 15 0.83
Michael Knights D 20 18 0.90
Mark Krater RW 21 11 0.52
Keiron Goody* C 24 14 0.583

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