Haines engraved alongside legends

Fife Free Press head of sport Matthew Elder presents Casey Haines with the Mirror of Merit award
Fife Free Press head of sport Matthew Elder presents Casey Haines with the Mirror of Merit award

CASEY Haines has won the Fife Free Press Mirror of Merit award for season 2012-13.

The annual award - which has run since the 1950s - is given to the Fife Flyers player who gained most points in a scoring system run by the paper throughout the regular season.

Some famous names from the past have their name engraved on the iconic trophy - club legends such as Jimmy Spence, Vincent Lukac, Russell Monteith and Mark Morrison.

American centreman Haines, who captained the side, finished top of the Mirror of Merit standings with 41 points, five ahead of netminder Bryan Pitton, while defenceman Derek Keller came third with 34 points.

Haines, who is 26, had an outstanding season, scoring 24 goals and 40 assists, despite missing part of the campaign with a broken foot.

Not only was he the team’s most skilfull player, most nights, he was also the hardest working.

Player-coach Todd Dutiaume, who won the Mirror of Merit himself in 2005, paid tribute to his star man.

“We signed him to be the leader of this club and he’s been our go-to guy all year,” he said. “He even broke his foot and kept playing - he was a huge part of our team.

“The Mirror of Merit is one of my favourite awards. It’s a season long grind and it takes a lot to win it.

“For Casey, it was well deserved, and he joins an illustrious list of people.”