FIFE Flyers, the oldest ice hockey club in the UK, were last night (Thursday) confirmed as an Elite League team.
Flyers were voted in as the league’s 10th member at an EIHL board meeting in Nottingham, bringing to an end the Kirkcaldy club’s six year spell in the Northern League.
Fife will join fellow Scottish sides Braehead, Dundee and Edinburgh alongside Belfast, Cardiff, Coventry, Hull, Nottingham and Sheffield in the 10-import set-up – and SportsPress understands that plexiglas will be installed at Fife Ice Arena in time for the new season starting on Saturday, September 3.
Flyers director Jack Wishart, who attended the EIHL meeting on behalf of the club, said: “We are delighted to have been accepted to join the EIHL.
“We have monitored the league’s development over the years especially here in Scotland with Braehead, Dundee and Edinburgh.
“We felt that this was the right time to join the league. At the end it was a mutual coming together and one we hope benefits both the Flyers and the other member clubs
”We are also delighted for our fans. We know that they are keen to see the best teams in the UK at Kirkcaldy and to renew old rivalries with many clubs both in Scotland and south of the border.”
EIHL Chairman Eamon Convery added: “It has been a long time coming but we are delighted to welcome the Flyers into our league. Fife remain one of the biggest names in our sport. Their inclusion in the Elite League enhances the top level of our sport and certainly creates a huge rivalry north of the border.
”Our view has always been that the Flyers belonged in the EIHL, and that we as a league needed the UK’s oldest established ice hockey team in our division.”
Fife’s return to top level hockey is sure to delight fans, however the announcement was tempered with reports that Rink Corp, the company which owns EIHL clubs Cardiff Devils and Sheffield Steelers, is to go into voluntary liquidation.