Fiesty forward pleased with debut
Jordan Fulton described his first appearance for Fife Flyers as a “great experience” after Saturday night’s friendly defeat to Dundee Stars.
The match was the American’s first taste of UK ice hockey, and although Flyers lost the match 4-3, Fulton was impressed with the efforts of his new team mates.
“You always want to win whether it’s pre-season or regular season but we’ve got to take the positives out of it,” he said.
“We had a lot of chances, including myself, and we’ve got to bear down and bury those.
“We only had three practices before the game and us imports haven’t played in this league before. We’ve got a taste of what it’s like now, so we can only improve from here.
“I was also impressed with the fans and the atmosphere inside the rink. It will make it easy to get up for games.”
Fulton arrived in Scotland late last week along with fellow new recruit Matt Reber after an unexpected mid-air drama delayed his journey from New York.
“One of the plane’s engines blew when we were halfway over the Atlantic,” he revealed.
“We were three hours from Amsterdam and three hours from New York, but they thought it was safer to turn back because there was more land - in case we went down.
“I was actually sleeping the whole time and thought we were in Amsterdam when we landed back in New York.
“Reber was awake and he was giving me a hard time for sleeping through it.”
Fulton and Reber are previous team mates from a spell together at Stockton Thunder in the East Coast Hockey League.
“I like playing with him a lot,” Fulton said. “He’s got some good speed, and we work well together. Hopefully we can stick together and build off each other.”
Fulton showed a fiesty side in Saturday’s game getting involved in a number of scraps with the opposition.
“It got heated out there a few times, but that’s just the way I play,” he said. “I try to create energy for our team, draw a few penalties and get some powerplays.
“I like to play physical and finish my checks, but you’ve got to be smart about it.
“This team wants its imports on the ice as much as possible so I don’t want to be taking bad penalties.”