Flyers coach keen to stay and build on last season

Todd Dutiaume, Fife Flyers head coach, on the bench at the EIHL play-off finals weekend. Credit: Richard Davies
Todd Dutiaume, Fife Flyers head coach, on the bench at the EIHL play-off finals weekend. Credit: Richard Davies

Todd Dutiaume wants to stay on as Fife Flyers head coach next season - and bring the core of last season’s team back with him.

Dutiaume discussed his future with club directors last week and although nothing has been formalised he is hopeful of a landmark 10th season in charge of the Kirkcaldy side.

The club finished its 75th anniversary season on a high, reaching its first ever Elite League play-off finals weekend after a stunning run of form during the final few months of the season.

Now Dutiaume wants to build on the success of the past few months by staying in the hot seat, and retaining some key players.

“On the back of the success we had last season I’m keen to continue my involvement in Flyers,” Dutiaume told the Press.

“The run we went on to reach the play-offs showed what we can produce at this club.

“At the start of year we had a great team - the tough part from a coaching perspective was finding a way to get the team to produce results on the ice.

“It took a while but we figured it out, and it was rewarding, not only for myself, but for the players.”

Dutiaume revealed that he has held ‘positive’ talks with several of last season’s import stars.

“We’ve identified who we think we would like back to drive this team forward,” he explained.

“There will be a few changes - that’s hockey - and it all depends on whether guys want to come back.

“But we’re looking to retain a core of the side - we don’t want to start from scratch again.

“We like what last season’s team accomplished and a few guys represented the Flyers very well.

“The job of building the team this summer will be a lot easier if we can keep five or six of them.

“We’ve had lots of positive feedback, but whether that translates into commitment remains to be seen.

“We won’t be leaving it all summer, we want to get things moving in the next couple of weeks.”