Sparkling start means so much

Fife Flyers player-coach Todd Dutiaume. Scottish Autumn Cup at Fife Ice Arena. Pic: Steve Gunn - shotbyagunn photography
Fife Flyers player-coach Todd Dutiaume. Scottish Autumn Cup at Fife Ice Arena. Pic: Steve Gunn - shotbyagunn photography

FIFE Flyers sparkling start to the new season has given a huge lift to the man who arguably needed it most.

Player-coach Todd Dutiaume endured a torrid time last season as he shouldered the burden of a disastrous debut Elite League campaign.

Dutiaume, along with assistant-coach Danny Stewart, were under considerable pressure to give the club’s fans a team to be proud of again.

And only four games into season two, it is already looking like mission accomplished.

When asked what the team’s flying start meant to him personally, Dutiaume responded: “It’s unbelievable.

“There was times last year when it was very difficult to come to the rink.

“There were troubles on and off the ice, but this year it’s just an absolute joy to come to the rink.

“You want to be here with these guys and play your hardest for them. It’s a unit.

“We’ve got a tough season ahead of us, but I think these guys are going to be make a few waves this year.

“For our second season in the Elite League the improvements that have been made already are vast and we want to keep building on that.”

After last season’s failings, Dutiaume decided on a summer clear-out and built a new team almost from scratch.

“It was a very stressful summer,” he said. “There were points when Stewey and I wondered if we’d have a team because we were taking so long and signings weren’t coming.

“We by-passed some really good hockey players simply because they weren’t the right fit for us.

“But we stuck by our decisions, and hopefully the last three weeks have gone a long way towards making people believe in us. It’s certainly made us believe in ourselves.”