FIFE Flyers roster continued to take shape this week with two more signings confirmed for next season.
American skater Tim Hartung is the first import defenceman to sign, while local lad Stephen Gunn has also committed to an eighth season at the club.
Hartung (29) spent last season in France and was the league’s third top scoring defenceman, hitting five goals and 20 assists with Villard-de-Lans.
He also registered 22 goals and 47 assists in 104 appearances with Dayton Gems in the CHL.
Head coach Todd Dutiuame is pleased to have captured such an attack-minded D-man.
“Tim will be a mobile guy for us back there and a good all-rounder,” he said.
“He has good vision so we’ll be looking for him to step out of defence and pick out our forwards with a great first pass. He will also feature heavily on powerplay and be expected to eat up a lot of ice time.
“We ask a lot of our D-men in Fife, and Tim is excited about that. He knows he’s got a big role back there for us.”
Hartung spoke of his excitement about joining Fife and revealed a passion for another of the Kingdom’s most popular sporting activities.
“I am really looking forward to the opportunity of playing in Fife,” he said. “English speaking was a big reason for me coming to the EIHL.
“Having played in France last season, I found the language barrier tough to handle, being my first year out of the US.
“I’m also big into golf which really attracted me to Scotland. I am a puck moving defenceman who sees the ice well. If needed, I can play some forward as well.
“I know that Fife has a long history and I am really looking forward to joining the club and contributing to that great history.”
Dutiaume is also pleased to bring Gunn back to the club after seeing the forward develop a more rounded game last season.
“I know Gunny was down about his numbers last year but I was more happy with the defensive side of his game,” he said.
“It would be good to see him have a breakout year this season. He’s realising he doesn’t have to be intimidated out there.
“When he’s in the corners and not over-thinking things, guys are bouncing off him.
“He really came on in leaps and bounds towards the end of last season and was a big part of us making the play-offs.
“Hopefully, we’ll get that from him right off the bat this season.”
Stephen is delighted to be returning and is looking to add to the two goals and five assists he managed last season.
“On a personal level, I was a bit disappointed with last season and I am looking forward to hopefully putting it right this year,” he said.