Flyers step up planning for next season

Jason Pitton won't be returning to Fife Flyers next season. Pic: Steve Gunn - shotbyagunn photography
Jason Pitton won't be returning to Fife Flyers next season. Pic: Steve Gunn - shotbyagunn photography

FIFE Flyers preparations for the new ice hockey season are set to step up a gear in the coming days.

A decision is believed to have been made regarding the coaching set-up for next season, with the exact role of both Todd Dutiaume and Danny Stewart expected to be confirmed within the next week.

Player signing announcements are also on the horizon as the club closes in on key targets, with at least one player from last season’s roster already committed to return.

Flyers are also planning to release season tickets details in the aftermath of the Elite League fixtures meeting, which was held yesterday (Thursday) in Birmingham.

One player who won’t be returning to Fife Ice Arena next season is forward Jason Pitton, who confirmed on Twitter that it is “time to move on and play at home”, with new Central Hockey League expansion team, Brampton Beast, expected to be his next destination.

Flyers coach Danny Stewart told the Press: “Jason was great for us last season - when he was on his game he was a dominant force in our league.

“He will be a big loss on our roster and we wish Jason all the best and hope he has a great season playing in his home town, if that’s the case.”

Stewart also confirmed the process of recruiting players is progressing well, despite the lack of announcements thus far.

“Things are going well,” he said. “Dutes and I have found things a lot easier than last summer.

“After our first season in the Elite League we had a bit of a job convincing guys that Fife was a good place to play.

“But after our success last season, and the changes the club has made in getting more with the times, players are more aware that Fife is good place to play.

“There’s also a lot more players available due to not having a lock-out. We’re looking to bring in some quality.”