The following article was posted on https://eliteleague.co.uk on Sunday, August 19 featuring former Dartmouth standout Eric Neiley.
By Elite League Staff
Milton Keynes Lightning have snapped up forward Eric Neiley, after the American reversed his decision to retire this summer.
The 26-year-old, who scored 21 points in 25 Elite League games for Sheffield Steelers last season, was set to hang up his skates in order to pursue a career away from hockey, but has instead opted to play for another year.
“I was working full time and wasn’t enjoying myself. I kept having doubts about whether I stopped playing too soon,” said Neiley. “It’s not something I want to regret later on in life so I thought about it and talked with my family and realised I want to keep playing.
“I enjoyed my time in the UK last year so I wanted to come back to the league. I have the support of my family and my fiancée, that allows me to keep living my dream.
“Doug McKay and I had a great connection right away. He explained his experience and the opportunity available in Milton Keynes. It’s an up and coming team in the league and I’m excited to be a part of it.”
The Pennsylvania native spent four years playing NCAA hockey for Dartmouth College before turning pro in 2015, spending a short amount of time in the AHL with Providence Bruins before landing in Atlanta to play for the ECHL Gladiators.
Neiley spent part of two seasons with the Gladiators before joining rivals Adirondack Thunder during the summer of 2017.
He featured in 30 games for the Thunder before joining Sheffield on December 31st.
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