Fife Flyers have successfully chased off interest from rival clubs to retain the services of top points scorer Jordan Fulton.
The 26-year-old American forward was a target for various teams across the UK and Europe, but decided to return to the Kirkcaldy club for a second season.
Todd Dutiaume, Flyers head coach, was always confident that Fulton would re-sign following talks at the of last season.
And he is delighted to retain a player who scored 80 points, including 28 goals and 52 assists, in the Elite League last season.
“There was never any doubt in my mind that Jordan would be back in a Flyers jersey this season and I’m thrilled that it’s now official,” Dutiaume told the Press.
“We knew as soon as we saw Jordan step on to the ice last year that we had found someone special. We found a gem and we wanted to keep hold of it.”
“He played in all situations, ate up incredible amounts of ice time and was one of the hardest working guys I’ve played with or coached.
“During the first half of the season, maybe the team’s position overshadowed the performances he was putting in on the ice.
“People saw how important he was in our run towards the play-offs but he brought that consistently from September onwards.
“I rarely remember him having a bad shift, let alone a bad game. He was one of the best players in the league.”
Flyers will, however, be on the look out for a new captain next season after Justin DaCosta this week signed for KH Sanok in Poland.
“That was expected,” Dutiaume explained.
“We had identified after the season that would possibly be one of the positions we’d make a wee change to, and Justin was informed of that.
“He was the captain for us last year and I think he did a fantastic job in difficult curcumstances.
“He was under the microscope as head of a team that was struggling from Septemeber to January.
“But we really came together as group at the end and that was part thanks to the job he did as captain.
“We wish him all the best. His new team will find they have an excellent defenceman and leader.”
DaCosta’s departure means Flyers are in the market for a new import defenceman.
“There will definitely be one change, but most likely there will be two or three,” he said.
“We had a fantastic run at the end of the season but the cold hard facts are that we didn’t win any silverware and finished in seventh place.
“We need to make improvements - that’s just hockey. You can’t sit back while other teams improve.”