If there was an award for the hardest working import at Fife Flyers this season, then it would be no surprise to see Scott Fleming among the leading candidates.
The tireless work-rate of the 27-year-old centreman has been noticeable throughout the season, none more so than when double-shifting during Chris Auger’s recent injury absence.
And the Canadian’s efforts were rewarded at the weekend with a brace of goals, and the man of the match award, in the 5-2 home win over Dundee Stars.
“I just try to play hockey the right way,” Fleming told the Press.
“I try to bring a lot of energy and play strong at both ends of the rink - that’s the way I’ve always been.
“I might’ve been a little smaller growing up so I had to work a little harder, so that’s where it started and it’s continued on.
“It’s just the way I see the game of hockey - you need to have that work rate, and that’s how I try to play.”
Fleming’s hard graft, combined with his skill and eye for goal, has placed him among the Elite League’s top scorers this season with 52 points from 51 games thus far.
“I’m pretty pleased with that,” he said. “But playing with some good players makes it a lot easier.
“Points will come playing with these guys and it’s nice to be rewarded with that.”
Fleming is currently vying with Bobby Chaumont and Ned Lukacevic for the honour of the club’s top scorer this season, with Chaumont currently leading the race on 60 points.
“I try not to look at that too much,” Fleming stressed.
“I’m just focusing on finishing the season strong and doing well in the play-offs.
“Bob’s had a great year, but we’re not competitive like that, we just want the team to do well.
“If I am top scorer then great, but it’s more important to get some wins.”
Flyers are currently sixth in the EIHL and in a dogfight for one of the eight play-off places up for grabs, but Fleming is confident that the team will not only make the post season knock-0ut stages, but also make it to the Nottingham finals for a second year running.
“We believe in ourselves in here,” he said. “We fully expect to be in play-offs and then anything can happen over two games.
“We’ve maybe been a little inconsistent but we’ve played great against all the top teams.
“If we come out and play two strong games then you’re into finals weekend, and anything can happen.
“We just need to keep rolling, and make sure we get better over these last couple of weeks, so we’ll be in good form heading into the play-offs.”