Milton Keynes Lightning have confirmed that Lewis Clifford will run the bench during the upcoming preseason game against Coventry Blaze, while Head Coach Doug McKay awaits his visa clearance to enter the UK.
Clifford is currently Head Coach of the NIHL Milton Keynes Thunder, and previously served as Assistant Coach for the Lightning, with the 35-year-old looking forward to stepping in for Wednesday night’s game:
“I didn’t foresee this situation arising but I’m happy to help where I can to enable the Lightning to prepare for their season.” he said.
“I’m delighted to be able to assist them and looking forward to seeing some familiar faces supporting the Lightning at The Skydome!”
Lightning owner Graham Moody further addressed the unusual situation, which has also seen other players arrivals delayed ahead of the new EIHL season.
“Firstly our thanks to Lewis for agreeing to help us, and to Thunder General Manager Dave Fairhurst for allowing this to be possible.” Moody said.
“To be able to compete, we must have a level two coach on the bench; Lewis has been in conversation with Doug (McKay) for a short while and we’ve been able to reach agreement with Thunder that allows Cliff to work with us on Wednesday.
“We’ll review the situation on a game-by-game basis. For all we know, Doug’s visa could be approved tomorrow – or it could be another week, maybe more. But we’re hopeful the situation will be resolved in the very near future.”