Fife Flyers hope to hit the ground running this season - after hitting the ice early.
Several members of the squad were back on the ice this week for their first pre-season skate, shaking off the rust after the long summer lay-off.
A new ice plant has been installed at Fife Ice Arena, and head coach Todd Dutiaume noticed a big difference in the quality of the ice surface.
“We started skating two nights ago, so there’s no reason for us not to be in good shape,” Dutiaume said.
“This is the earliest the ice has ever gone down - which is great for us.
“The new plant also seems to be working very well. It’s the best ice I’ve skated on in a long time - firm and crisp.
“I’m told that the new plant can be tuned specificallly for curling or ice hockey.
“Hopefully the days of good ice at Kirkcaldy are back.”
Dutiaume himself did not take part in the skating session, as he is still recovering from the broken kneecap suffered in the final league match of last season.
“The leg feels good and I’ve got a full range of motion again,” he said.
“The physios don’t see any reason why I can’t make a 100 per cent recovery - it’s just a case of building up the muscle again.”
Dutiaume has set himself an ambitious target of playing in the exhibition games against Dundee Stars at the end of the month, although he added: “If I have to revise that, I’ll set myself a new target.”