Two key players who could not be separated

Fife Free Press head of sport Matthew Elder presents the Mirror of Merit trophy to Jordan Fulton (left) and Kevin Regan
Fife Free Press head of sport Matthew Elder presents the Mirror of Merit trophy to Jordan Fulton (left) and Kevin Regan

For only the second time in its history, The Fife Free Press Mirror of Merit award has been shared by two players.

The annual award - run since the 1950s - is given to the Fife Flyers player who gains the most points in a scoring system run by the Press throughout the regular season.

At the end of the 2013-14 league campaign, netminder Kevin Regan and forward Jordan Fulton could not be separated, both finishing top of the final standings on 44 points.

The pair join some famous names from the past that have their name engraved on the iconic trophy - club legends such as Jimmy Spence, Vincent Lukac, Russell Monteith and Mark Morrison to name but a few.

They are only the second double act to share the title after Norrie Boreham and Laurie Lovell both scooped the prize in season 1972-73.

Todd Dutiaume, Flyers head coach, felt that this year’s split decision was a fitting outcome.

“To find any space between those two players would be very difficult,” he said. “Both had tremendous seasons.

“Jordan was a beast on the puck all year and terrorised our opponents down low.

“Kevin got a little bit of criticism early on, but down the stretch when we got things sorted in front of him he made some key big-time saves that won us a lot of hockey games.

“He was probably our most valuable player over the final few weeks when we got ourselves to Nottingham.”

Dutiaume himself won the award in season 2004-05 in the final year of the British National League and regards it as one of his favourite personal accolades.

“I know how hard it is to win,” he said. “It’s an award players should be proud to receive.

“It takes a full commitment for the whole season, and recognises the most consistent guys over the whole year. That’s what Jordan and Kevin were.”