FIFE Flyers have today (Monday) completed the signing of their ninth, and final import ahead of the new ice hockey season.
Canadian forward Kris Hogg (26), a fourth round NHL draft of the Calgary Flames in 2004, joins from Central Hockey League side Missouri Mavericks.
Last season was Hogg’s rookie season at senior level having spent nine years previously in the junior and college ranks in Canada.
Flyers’ assistant-coach Danny Stewart said: “We have had nothing but great references back about Kris.
“He is a player who can play in all three zones, he is a hard crafter and he can put the puck in the back of the net.”
During his college career at Lakehead University Hogg averaged over a point per game with 106 points in 104 games.
Prior to playing at Lakehead, Hogg spent five years in the Western Hockey League – a major junior ice hockey league based in Western Canada – scoring an impressive 39 goals in a single season with Lethbridge Hurricanes.
In total, he played 339 games in the WHL, scoring 106 goals and 88 assists, while racking up 495 penalty minutes.
Stewart added: “Kris’ scoring recorded in the juniors was fantastic and he continued that great record at Lakehead University, which is a tough level to have the sort of record he has from his time there.
“Kris had a really strong rookie season last year at Missouri and was one of their best players on the team.
“He took a bit of an injury that had him out for a while, and just as he got over that he came down with really bad tonsillitis, but when he did get back on the ice he had a really strong return and was one of the Mavericks best players during their play-off run.”
Hogg confirmed his excitement at joining Fife as the club gears up for its second assault on the Rapid Solicitors Elite League.
“It is an organisation with a rich history and a great fan base, I have heard nothing but good about the fans, management and organisation as well as the entire EIHL,” he said.
“It has always been a goal of mine to play in Europe, and with all the talks I have had with management, signing with the Fife Flyers is a great opportunity for me.
“All of the management team in Fife have worked hard all summer to build an extremely competitive team with character players, and I’m looking forward to joining my team mates in the coming week.”
Fife Flyers hit the ice for their first game this Saturday when Fife Ice Arena hosts the inaugural Scottish Autumn Cup.
Braehead Clan play Dundee Stars in the first semi-final at 5.00 p.m with Flyers taking on Edinburgh Capitals at 8.00 p.m.
The winners of each game face each other in the final at 8.00 p.m on Sunday, with the 3rd/4th place teams competing at 5.00 p.m.