The Manchester Storm organisation would like to wish Michael Korol all the best in his retirement following the conclusion of the 2023/24 Elite League season and thank him for all of his efforts on and off the ice during his time with the club.

Mikey signed his first professional contract with the club ahead of the 2022/23 season and it didn’t take him long to become a favourite amongst the Manchester faithful. The British born dual national was always happy and willing to give his time to talk with fans before and after games, during Storm Support events and our ‘Skate With The Storm’ events following our fixtures.

Not only was Mikey willing to give up his time to help create memories for the Storm fan base, but was also a regular in attendance at the Manchester Storm Academy sessions throughout the week during his two year stay in the city.

Mikey would go on to spend countless hours with all ages of our junior set up during his tenure in Manchester off his own accord and the club are very proud to have had such a professional willing to teach, help and nurture the next generation of talent coming through the ranks.

On the ice, Mikey played 103 competitive games for The Storm and scored 8 goals in the process and contributed to 5 assists.

In Michaels final season he was given the role of Assistant Captain, a well deserved accolade as he joined Captain Cam Critchlows leadership group and wore the ‘A’ with pride. The highly respected individual inside the locker room helped lead the team to an incredible fourth placed league finish.

Head Coach Matt Ginn had this to say on Michaels retirement: “It’s the crappy part of the game, but there is a life after hockey. Mikey played a big part both on and off the ice in helping to raise the standard in Manchester. He was a fan favourite off the ice, but also tremendously well liked and respected in the dressing room. Mikey will be successful in whatever he does and we would like to wish him all the best going forward.”

Thankyou, Mikey!