FIFE Flyers latest new signing Matt Reber should have no trouble settling into life in Kirkcaldy after revealing that he is a good friend of the club’s other recent recruit, Jordan Fulton.
The pair played together at Stockton Thunder during the 2011-12 East Coast Hockey League season and Reber is looking forward to rekindling the partnership with his former team mate in Fife.
“I was just looking vaguely at the idea of going to play in Europe when Jordan signed here and we talked about the possibility of playing together again,” Reber told the Press.
“He put in a good word for me with the coaching staff, and from there they did their research on me as a player and it just worked out to be a great fit. I’m excited to get there.
“I’ve never been to the UK before so this league sounded like a great experience for me not only as a hockey player but as a person and Fife has a long storied tradition that made it seem like a great place to play.”
Reber, from Minnesota, joins Fife having played in 156 games in the ECHL with Utah Grizzlies and Stockton Thunder, in which time he recorded 90 points (25 goals and 75 assists) and 66 PIMs.
“My career so far has been short by many standards since I’ve only played two full seasons but I’ve learned so much as a player and about myself as a person,” he said.
“I feel as though my best assets are my speed and my playmaking ability.
“I’ve always been a pass first sort of player but over the past two seasons I have developed a more all around game to where I have become a reliable penalty killer and somebody who you can put out at the end of the game to protect a lead.
“I have played 30 plus play-off games so far but have not won a title so I think that is the main focus for the upcoming season. The only real goal I have is to win a championship.
“To be a productive player on the team and produce points consistently would obviously mean I am doing something to help the team win but at the end of the day what truly matters is how productive we are as a team.”
Reber is looking forward to getting his teeth into the competitive nature of the Elite League conference system.
“I’ve heard its competitive and I think the record in the conference play last year shows that,” he said.
“I was doing some research before signing with the team and it looked as though about four points separated the entire conference from first place to last place so it seems like every night is going to be a battle and I’m looking forward to being a part of it.
“It sounds like we won’t be going on any week long road trips which is a nice change of pace from the ECHL.”