Michael Dorr has assured Fife Flyers fans that his injury problems are behind him as he looks forward to his debut season in the Elite League.
The 26-year-old forward from Minnesota, USA, was confirmed as Flyers latest summer signing last week after sitting out most of last season with an ankle injury.
Prior to that, Dorr posted impressive numbers during two seasons in Germany, particularly in 2013-14 when he finished second top goal scorer in DEL2.
Dorr insists he is now ready to get back to his best and is raring to begin his new career in Kirkcaldy.
“I am very excited about my move to Fife,” Dorr told the Press.
“There are a number of former Fife Flyers that are from Minnesota and they all have said great things about Fife.
“I reached out to those friends to help educate myself on the league, and they put me in contact with Fife. The rest took care of itself.
“It’s never easy sitting out due to an injury. The one positive thing I can take away from being injured is realising how fortunate I am to be able to play professional hockey.
“Sitting out allowed me to appreciate the game and the lifestyle that comes with being a pro hockey player. That’s something I may have taken for granted before.
“My injury is doing great. I haven’t had any issues and am already preparing for the upcoming season.”
Dorr is also looking forward to experiencing a new country when he moves to Scotland in time for the start of the new season.
“The UK drew my attention because I thoroughly enjoy travelling,” he said. “I like to see new places and experience different cultures.
“Playing professional hockey for Fife allows me to play the game I’ve enjoyed my whole life, while getting to experience a part of the world that I’m unfamiliar with.
“The rich history behind the Flyers, and the opportunity to play for the oldest team in the UK, has me especially excited.”
Dorr described his career thus far as “fun ride” and considers his time in Germany to be one of his highlights.
“I’ve met many great people and have been part of many successful organisations,” he said. “Most recently, I was in Germany, where I had two positive seasons.
“Both clubs in Germany were great organisations and places that I hope to visit again someday.”
At 5ft 10in Dorr may not be the biggest forward in the EIHL next season, but he is quick across the ice.
“I’ve always relied a lot on my speed,” he said. “I am typically one of the faster skaters on the ice and like to shoot.
“My job is to create offense and score goals and I plan on doing so. I hope to bring a lot of entertainment to the fans.
“I’ve heard they are very loud and supportive, and I look forward to the opportunity to play in front of them.”