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Dutes returns but Danny drops out

Fife Flyers player-coach Todd Dutiaume checks on an unconscious Danny Stewart after he was checked against the boards in the match against Hull Stingrays. Pic: Steve Gunn, shotbyagunn photography

Fife Flyers player-coach Todd Dutiaume checks on an unconscious Danny Stewart after he was checked against the boards in the match against Hull Stingrays. Pic: Steve Gunn, shotbyagunn photography

TODD Dutiaume was glad to get out of his sick bed and back on his skates on Tuesday.

A bug which floored his family ruled him out of the weekend losses to Dundee and Cardiff, and he admitted he was still less than 100 per cent as he laced up on Tuesday.

Feeling pretty rough and returning after a week off the ice, Dutiaume was pleased with the win, although he admitted it wasn’t a classic match to watch.

He said: “It was a funny old game as I don’t think either side came out really wanting the points, but I was delighted with the win.

“Shifting John Dolan up to play with Jason Pitton sparked that line to life and generated more offence, and our powerplay unit - which hasn’t been exceptional - got a goal.

Flyers will be without Danny Stewart for this weekend’s matches after the forward was knocked unconscious after a bad hit against the boards near the end of the win over Hull.

Stewart was helped from the ice and spent a few hours in hospital where doctors diagnosed him with concussion, and advised him to miss up to six weeks.

The assistant player-coach, however, hopes to be back sooner.

“It was a scary moment,” Stewart said. “I don’t remember the play itself, but I remember the game up until that point, which is a good sign.

“My skull is pounding out my head just now, but it could have been a lot worse.

“These concussions can sometimes take a few months, sometimes a lot less, it just depends on how bad it gets.

“I’ve been told five to six weeks, but I don’t think that will be the case.

“I’ll definitely miss this weekend, but we’ve got a game against Hull the following week that I’d hope to be back for.”

Dutiaume meanwhile confirmed that recently released Braehead Clan duo Bobby Chaumont and Ryan Campbell are on his radar.

“Any time a player becomes available they go on our radar, but we’re looking at all our options,” he said.

“We don’t just want a quick fix. We’ve got good team chemistry but we need a little help in the offensive department and that’s what I’m pushing the owner for.”

Flyers take on Edinburgh Capitals at home on Saturday, before travelling south to face Sheffield Steelers on Sunday.

Jamie Wilson is also likely to miss out due to a groin strain.

“We’ll need everyone to step up to the mark,” Dutiaume added.

 

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