An American defenceman with a ‘bomb of a shot’ has signed for Fife Flyers for the forthcoming season.
Jamie Milam (30), who hails from Lake Orion, moves to Kirkcaldy after playing in Norway for the Rosenborg IHK Elite last season.
Milam ended the season with 38 points from 45 games (16 goals and 22 assists) and is looking forward to the new challenge in Fife.
“I have high expectations for myself and the team this season,” he said.
“I am excited to play in Scotland and find out more about the country and heritage.
“I am looking forward to playing for the Flyers and to win some games and hopefully some silverware.”
Milam played for University side Northern Michigan Uni before starting his professional career in the ECHL.
He has also iced across Europe in Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland and Poland and also had a brief stint with the Cardiff Devils back in 2012-13.
Milam is also the third former Fort Wayne Comets player to join Fife this summer, following the arrivals of fellow ex-Komets Chris Auger and Scott Fleming.
Danny Stewart, Fife Flyers associate coach, expects Milam to bring an offensive edge to the Flyers defensive core.
“Getting a guy like Milam on the back end makes us much more offensive minded in all situations,” he said.
“He has put up very impressive numbers wherever he has played and coming off an 18 goal season as a D-man just shows you the ability he has.
“We lacked a shooter from the back for a while last year until we got Hainsey.
“Having them both, along with our skill up front, we should have two really good units on the PP which is essential in having an effective PP.”
Milam’s slapshot has been measured at well over 100 miles per hour and he has previously won an ECHL award for hardest shot.
Stewart added: “Jamie has a bomb of a shot and sees the ice well, but also commits to the other end of the ice too.
“He has been part of a couple of championship winning teams in the past and having winners in the room is another bonus.”
Todd Dutiaume, Flyers head coach, added “Jamie will give us an offensive boost at the back.
“He is a competitor with a heavy shot and from our conversations he knows the teams goals and expectations.
“He will fit in well with our existing D-men and as a unit be pivotal to our success this season.”