Fife Flyers coaching staff believe they have secured the services of Mr Reliable after signing Kyle Horne for another season.
The 33-year-old defenceman returns for a fourth consecutive season - his 11th in total - following spells with Slough Jets and Edinburgh Capitals.
Both head coach Todd Dutiaume and associate coach Danny Stewart pointed to Horne’s reliability as one of his key assets.
“Kyle is a player who can be relied upon to show up every night,” Dutiaume explained.
“We know exactly what we get from Kyle and his experience and consistency are big assets for us.
“Kyle is a long time servant of the club and long may it continue.”
Stewart added: ““It’s great to have Kyle back for another season. I felt this past season was his most consistent season yet since Fife joined the EIHL.
“He is steady back there and when he is on his game he doesn’t make many mistakes.
“His experience and quality makes us better at the back end and we will be looking to Kyle to be a big part of our defensive core once again.”
Horne made his Flyers debut aged 16 and the former GB international is now only a few games short of a landmark 500th appearance for his home town club.
He finished last season with 60 penalty minutes and 14 points, including three goals and 11 assists, from 59 games.
“I am delighted to be back for the forthcoming season,” Horne said. “I really enjoyed last season and felt like I had a steady season.
“The run we had from Christmas right up until the playoffs was amazing and I am looking forward to getting back on the ice and picking up where we left off.
“The way the fans got behind us all of last season was great, and I’m really excited to play in front of the home crowd again this season.
“Playing in front of those sell-out crowds was awesome and I know all of the guys are looking forward to seeing more sell outs this season and getting that atmosphere going from the opening game.”