Spotlight on… Glenn Billing

Spotlight on… Glenn Billing
How long did it take you to decide that MKL was the club to sign for?
Not long at all – it was an easy decision to come back to MK. It’s a great club, with great fans and great background staff.  So when Pete gave me the opportunity to come back it was a no brainer!

How would you describe your style of play?

I would say that I’m a two way player who takes pride in being responsible at both ends of the rink, and tries to do anything it takes for the team to win.

What kind of character are you in the dressing room: thoughtful or practical joker?

I’m reasonably quiet in the dressing room, but it’s a great group of guys and the atmosphere in the room is always good.

What’s been the biggest challenge of your career to date?

Definitely the jump from junior hockey to the EPL last year. I knew it would be tough but the gap from junior to the BILLING v Pirates 20151024MJDsenior level is massive, but I knew I would be coached in MK and it is definitely the right place for me to continue my development. The senior players also helped a lot last year, always giving me advice and being patient when I made mistakes which is great, guys like Carsy have been around the league a long time and really helped me last year. Also the loss in the playoff final last year was really tough, after coming so close to silverware it hurt when we came up short, but I know we will use that feeling as only more motivation coming into the new season.

What are you most proud of in your career so far?

Winning a Gold Medal at the U20 World Championships is my proudest moment, to just pull on a Great Britain Shirt is a huge honour but to win a gold medal was a surreal feeling and experience I will never forget.

Do you follow an NHL team or player?

My NHL team is the Toronto Maple Leafs but I do follow the league generally too.

Who was your ice hockey hero as you were coming up through the ranks?

My heroes were the Romford Raiders, which was the semi-professional team where I grew up playing. I always looked up to them when I was a kid and remember watching guys that I  now play with and against playing against Romford in the EPL.

Outside of ice hockey….what takes up your time?

I like to spend time with my family and friends, but I also hope to get a degree from university.

If you could be as good at a different sport as you are at hockey, what would it be? 

I was always very sporty growing up, trying to do as many sports as I could. But that would be cricket, when I was 15 and I left home to go to the Okanagan Hockey Academy in Swindon to pursue my hockey career. My alternative option was to attend a cricket academy at home in Essex.

Do you have a sporting hero in a different sport?

I look up to many different athletes in various sports it would be to hard to single one out.

Glenn Billing’s warm up jersey is immediately available for sponsorship at £125.  The name of the sponsor will be displayed on the back of the jersey and included on our website and match programme – then it’s presented to its owner at the end of the season.  Jersey sponsorships are a unique gift for a loved one, a treat for yourself or a fantastic way to publicise your business to around 2,000 loyal supporters at every home game, as well as 27 away games from as far afield as Hull and Basingstoke.  To sponsor, email dave@b2promodesign.com.

Season tickets are now available for the 2016-17 season – secure your favourite seat for another action packed season at the best possible price. For full details and application form see mk-lightning.co.uk/tickets/season-tickets or pick up a form at the MK Arena box office.

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