BOBBY Chaumont was delighted to mark his Fife Flyers debut with a goal on Saturday night.
The 27-year-old Canadian forward was snapped up by the Kirkcaldy club last week following his surprise release from Scottish rivals Braehead Clan.
Chaumont had hit nine goals and seven assists in 18 games for the Clan this season, including a hat-trick against Fife.
And he was delighted to open his account for Flyers at the first time of asking in the 4-1 win over Edinburgh Capitals.
He told the Press: “It was a lot of fun out there.
“The fans welcomed me with open arms. We went down a goal early on but we stuck with it.
“Every guy worked hard especially in the second and third period and it was great to get a goal.
“I felt a little pressure coming in here but I was confident that if I played my game I would get results.
“It was great play by Kris Hogg to set up the goal, and I thought our line did a lot of good things out there.
“Hopefully that’s a good sign of things to come.”
Chaumont was keen to stay in the country following his release from Clan, and revealed it was he who contacted Fife.
“I had all my visa stuff and figured it would be an easy transition,” he said. “When I saw Fife were missing a few guys I contacted Danny Stewart, and we were able to do a deal pretty quickly, which was nice.
“I did my homework and talked to Zemlak about moving here, and he said a lot of good things about the fans and rink.
“Even though it’s an older building it’s a nice atmosphere and I felt that on Saturday night.”
Chaumont is convinced that Flyers have the squad to push up the league.
“We have a solid team here that can do some damage once we get everyone healthy,” he said.
“They’ve been in most of the games this season. It’s not been a case of getting blown out.
“A lot of it has come down to guys getting tired in the third because there’s not enough bodies.
“Hopefully with me here, and Danny back, we’ll be healthy and that makes everyone push a little harder.”
Chaumont is also keen to use his time in Kirkcaldy to prove his Braehead doubters wrong.
“It’s the first time I’ve been released from a club and it definitely puts a little fire under you,” he said.
“There was no reason given for it. I didn’t feel I was going to be a part of any changes, but it’s business and you move on.
“There’s no hard feelings, although I’m looking forward to my first game back there.
“I’m happy to be here now and I’m going to work hard to get wins for Fife.”
Saturday’s match also marked the return of one of the club’s most loyal servants, Steven King.
The 37-year-old forward spent 21 consecutive seasons at Fife, from 1989 to 2010, and Saturday was his first game for the club in over two years.
Player-coach Todd Dutiaume is delighted with his two additions.
“Bobby’s going to give us much-needed scoring punch,” he said. “His arrival also gives our line up two offensive lines.
“That second line has plenty scoring chances against Edinburgh, and that carried on to the third line, who had a great second half of the game.
“Kingy hasn’t played competitive hockey for a while, but he got a couple of shifts under his belt and I was pleased with his contribution.
“He’s a centreman with a lot of experience who can also play on the wing.
“Having these extra bodies means that if a guy is not performing, either myself or Danny can sit him out, and another guy steps in.
“ That ups everyone’s competitiveness.”