Former Nottingham Panthers goaltender Miika Wiikman earns new contract with Milton Keynes Lightning

Milton Keynes Lightning have extended former Nottingham Panthers goaltender Miika Wiikman’s contract to the end of the season.

The 32-year-old originally joined the Lightning on a short-term deal when Przemyslaw Odrobny was injured, but Wiikman’s strong play has led to cead coach Pete Russell opting to keep him on board for the rest of 2017/18.

“Miika came in to help us in the short term initially and has been a really good addition on and off the ice since the day he arrived.” Russell said.

“He is a top goalie and we are delighted he has chosen to stay with us here in Milton Keynes.”

Miika Wiikman celebrates with Evan Mosey after winning the 2015/16 Challenge Cup

Wiikman won the Continental Cup as a member of the Panthers, also helping the East Midlands club secure the 2016 Elite League Playoff crown and Challenge Cup.

“I’m so happy to stay with the Lightning. It was an easy decision when the team has taken good care of me and my family.” Wiikman said.

“I would rather play on this team than against it. I think we have something special going on here which we’ve shown already.

“This team is capable of competing with any team and I’m excited to be a part of this.”

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