BOBBY Chaumont is looking forward to being reunited with Fife Flyers fans after agreeing on a return to the club next season.
The 28-year-old Canadian forward became a firm hit with supporters at Fife Ice Arena last season for his prolific goal-scoring exploits following his move from Braehead Clan in November.
And Chaumont, who finished fourth in the Elite League scoring charts, admitted that the adoring Fife following convinced him to turn down offers elsewhere to return to Kirkcaldy.
“The fans were a big part of my decision to come back and I’m looking forward to playing in front of them again,” he told the Press.
“They were great all year from the moment I arrived until the end of the year.
“I really enjoyed the atmosphere in the rink – it’s one of the best I’ve played in.
“They might not have the most fans in the league, but they have the loudest and most passionate.
“There was a few offers back home in North America, and some were tempting, but my heart was telling me Fife was the place to go.”
Another key factor in Chaumont’s decision to sign, he revealed, was the club retaining Todd Dutiaume and Danny Stewart as player-coaches.
“I really enjoyed my time at Fife on and off the ice, and Todd and Danny were a big part of that,” he said.
“I stepped in during the season after leaving Braehead and was made to feel at home.
“It was the first time I had been released and moving to a new team I didn’t know how it would go - but we gelled really well.
“The team’s going to be a bit different this year but I’m confident Todd and Danny will do a great job.
“Going forward they want to win things, and we got a little taste of it last year with how close we came.
“I’m confident we’re going to be right in there with other teams in our conference, and every other team in the league.”
Chaumont is also hoping to emulate his scoring form from last season, where he averaged over a point per game.
“I’m not going to make any promises but I definitely know I can post up those numbers,” he said.
“I’ll be doing everything I can to match, or even better last year’s tally.”