JOSH Scoon has clocked up countless hours on the Fife Flyers bench this season waiting for his big chance.
And his patience was finally rewarded on Sunday when, with injury robbing Flyers of Tim Maxwell and Steven McAlpine, the 20-year-old stand-by was given the ice time he has craved.
Slotting in alongside the team’s import forwards, Scoon was entrusted with a key third line role against Nottingham Panthers – and he proved his Elite League credentials with an all-action, high energy performance.
And speaking to SportsPress after the match, it was obvious the chemical engineering student had enjoyed his night in the spotlight.
“I’m never happy to get beat, but it was good to get a bit of ice time,” he said. “You never like to see guys get hurt, but someone’s got to come in and fill the space, and tonight it was me.
“All I can do is do my best when I get a chance by getting involved in the game, and mixing it up a bit.
“I’m not going to score four goals in a game, but I’ll do whatever I can to help out and hopefully the coach notices that.
“I’ll just continue to do my best day in, day out and hopefully earn my place.”
Scoon has travelled all over the UK with Flyers this season, often for just a single shift on the ice – if at all.
But the former Balwearie High pupil insists he is happy to simply be part of Flyers’ first ever Elite League season.
“I always knew at the start of the season this was going to be a learning year,” he said.
“It’s a new league and with imports coming in, it was always going to be tough trying to secure a spot.
“I’ll just keep plugging away in training and take the chances when I can get them.
“Don’t get me wrong, sometimes you question yourself, and think what’s going on here, but I’m young and learning all the time.
“Just being a part of the team with these guys is great for me. Hopefully next season I’ll see a bit more ice time.”
Despite his slender frame, Scoon showed a physical side to his game on Sunday, refusing to back down in a spat with Panthers’ 35-year-old Canadian import Rhett Gordon, who was forced to back down to the young Fifer.
“These things happen in hockey,” Scoon said. “Emotions run high during games and everybody wants to win.
“I’m not the most skilful player on the ice but I’ll work as hard as anybody and I’m never going to step away or back down from a battle.”
Scoon reckons that Flyers will recover from their difficult debut season in the EIHL to become a top club in forthcoming years – and he hopes to be part of it.
“We’re learning all the time, and all we can do is try our best to become a force in this league,” he said.
“Year on year we’ll improve. Fife will never stay bottom of this league. This organisation is too good for that. We just have to take it upon ourselves to do our best every night, and play for fans and the jersey.
“I started playing junior hockey here and have worked my way up the ranks.
“Now I’m playing in the senior pro league and as long as I keep working hard and try to get a place in the team, I don’t see that changing any time soon.”
Scoon also affirmed his appreciation for his coach, Todd Dutiaume, adding: “Todd’s given me every break I’ve had. He called me up to start with at the Flyers, and kept me on going into this league.
“I’m forever in debt to him. He’s a great guy to work for because he’s one of the guys, but he also knows when to be hard.
“He’s demands the best out of everybody and that’s what you need in this league.”