After a long week of travelling, Kyle Haines may have expected a quiet debut weekend for Fife Flyers.
However, it turned out to be the exact opposite as two goals and a game misconduct completed a hectic week for the 26-year-old Canadian.
“It’s been a real long week,” said the former Bakersfield Condors defenceman.
“I had a 30-hour drive from California back to Canada, then had a few days at home to get my stuff together.
“I then had the 20-hour journey over here, and one quick practice before the weekend games.
“I was a little bit gassed, and I’m still adjusting to the time difference, but it’s only going to get better from here.”
Haines made a big impression in his first appearance on Saturday, scoring twice as Flyers went down 7-4 away to Braehead Clan.
The defenceman was then thrown out after just 22 minutes of his home debut on Sunday when a two-minute penalty for slashing was upgraded to a five plus game misconduct.
Clan went on to secure back-to-back wins over Flyers but Haines believes he has joined a team heading in the right direction.
“We had a couple of tough games this weekend but I saw a lot of positives out there,” he said.
“We move the puck well, and once everyone gets healthy, I think we’ll be really good.
“I’m a defenceman so it’s always defence first, but it’s always great to score a couple of goals.
“I hope those goals will come in situations that help us win down the road.”
Haines admitted he was surprised to be thrown out of Sunday’s match, adding: “It was a real interesting call.
“I thought I made contact with the puck first, and he went into the boards funny and got hurt, although I heard he was back out a few shifts later.
“It was a tough call - it sucks sitting in the stands - especially in my second game here.
“The refs are a bit different here, so it’s just another thing I’ll have to re-adjust to with the European game.
“It’s a learning curve for myself.”