Netminder signs on for Flyers
Fife Flyers head coach Todd Dutiaume believes he has retained the services of a match-winner after confirming that netminder Kevin Regan will return for a second season at the club.
Regan was a key player in Flyers late season run to the Elite League play-off semi-finals, where his save percentage of .957 was the best of all netminders involved in the competition.
The 29-year-old from South Boston is the first import from last season’s roster - aside from the coaching staff - to commit for next season and Dutiaume is thrilled to have this year’s joint Mirror of Merit winner back between the pipes.
“Kevin was a big factor in our successful play-off run in the second half of the season,” he said.
“As soon as we put some offence in front of him he definitely won us some hockey games.
“I would argue that he’s one of the best goaltenders we’ve had in a Fife jersey.
“He was a real competitor for us all season, as well as being a nice guy off the ice and in the dressing room.
“As soon as he expressed an interest in coming back, it was a no-brainer for me. We’re delighted to have him back.”
Kevin added: “I am excited to be heading back to Kirkcaldy next season.
“Myself and my family really enjoyed our time in Fife last year, and we are all looking forward to heading back.
“We had a great run on the ice towards the end of the season and I was proud to be a part of that.
“I am looking forward to being back on the ice with the Flyers and building on where we left off last season.”
Regan is the first piece in the jigsaw as Flyers look to retain a core of import players.
Dutiaume explained: “We’ve struggled to retain a core of guys since we joined the Elite League for a variety of reasons. This year is hopefully going to be different, and getting Kevin back is a good start.
“Players have indicated to us that they would like to return because Fife was a very enjoyable place for them to ply their trade.
“We’ve had positive talks and we’re hopeful we can retain a good core.”