Fife Flyers latest signing comes “highly recommended” via club contacts in North America, head coach Todd Dutiaume has revealed.
Matt Reber joins the Kirkcaldy side after spending last season with Stockton Thunder in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL).
The 26-year-old American centreman is a former team mate of another recent recruit, Jordan Fulton, who helped set up the move.
Dutiaume said: “Matt is a good two-way guy who is going to be a good strong addition for us.
“We’ve done a lot of homework on him and we think he’ll be suited to the big ice. He can play in all game situations and he has a few years pro experience.
“He comes highly recommended by our usual contacts and, talking to him, he seems quite excited to get his European campaign underway.”
Reber has 156 games in the ECHL with Utah Grizzlies and Stockton Thunder, recording 90 points (25 goals and 65 assists) and 66 PIMs.
Along with Fulton, Dutiaume is delighted to have snapped up a double act who have previously played together.
“You’ll find that a lot of players’ careers cross paths,” he said.
“Getting new guys to gel is half the battle so if there’s a little bit of past chemistry there - then that’s perfect.”
Dutiaume views Reber as a “first or second line” centreman, although he indicated that the line-up will be rotated this season.
“We’re hoping that our lines won’t be as static as they were last year,” he said.
“We’re looking at players who can play in multiple positions that will allow us to chop and change things a lttle bit.
“Last year we had such a strong first line that we didn’t often make changes to it, and that made us a bit easy to read.
“This year we’re hoping that our nine forwards will be able to rotate to give our team a different look on different nights.
“It’s something that we hope may bring us more success on road. Winning more road games is one of our key goals for this year.”
Dutiaume is still in the market for another centreman, and he has not yet given up hope of re-signing last year’s captain, Casey Haines.
He explained: “Casey got married a couple of weeks ago, and said he wouldn’t be making any decisions until late July, which is fast approaching.
“He was a fantastic player for us, and if he had interest in coming back we would welcome him back with open arms.
“However, he played a large part of the season with a pretty bad ankle injury so retirement could be on the cards.
“His future is unclear at the moment so we’ll just have to wait and see. It may be that he decides to embark on another campaign.”