Dorr goes Down Under for summer of ice hockey

Michael Dorr, Fife Flyers at the play-off finals at the NIC in Nottingham (Pic Steve Gunn)
Michael Dorr, Fife Flyers at the play-off finals at the NIC in Nottingham (Pic Steve Gunn)

Fife Flyers’ star Michael Dorr has no plans to take the summer off ... he’s gone Down Under to keep on playing.

He has joined Perth Thunder in Australia, and will be on the ice for his first game on April 23.

Dorr, from Minnesota, only left Kirkcaldy last week at the end of the 2015-16 EIHL campaign which saw Flyers reach the semi-finals of the play-offs for the second time in three seasons.

He has now taken his skates to Oz to continue playing on the other side of the world.

Thunder play in the AIHL. The club was only founded in 2010 and stepped up to join the league as its ninth team in 2012. They finished fourth in their inaugural campaign.

Dorr is one of several players to move from the EIHL to the AIHL - James Isaacs is at Melbourne Mustangs, while Paul Swindlehurst and Grant Toulmin are icing with Sydney Ice Dogs.

Dorr is Thunder’s third import signing.

Stan Scott, general manager, was quoted on the club’s website that the deal was done some time ago.

“We signed Mike before Christmas. He came highly recommended by Michael Forney and Justin Fox - both have played for us in the AIHL and understand what we were looking for. After a few conversations, Mike was easy to sign and he is very committed.

“I see a lot of goals coming from him this season; he is an excellent skater and a hard working two way player. I believe he is a very exciting signing for us.”