WITH just over a week to go until the start of ice hockey season, Fife Flyers have confirmed another two signings.
Veteran forward Andy Samuel and defenceman Thomas Muir have earned a place on the Elite League roster after impressing at Northern League level in recent seasons.
The double signing takes Flyers squad to 10 confirmed players, including four imports, with talks to bring in another “two or three” imports at an advanced stage.
On the capture of Samuel, player-coach Todd Dutiaume said: “Sammy will be one of the oldest Brits in the team, and his experience will go a long way.
“He’s played for years with imports in the old BNL, so he knows how to make the transition.
“He’s had a rejuvenation in his hockey career in recent years, and he has jumped at the opportunity to play at Elite League level.
“He thinks he can give a full-time commitment and we’re happy to accommodate that. He has a lot to offer.”
Dutiaume is also pleased to retain Muir, who gained a reputation as a top defencman in the Northern league.
“Tom has come a long way since I first knew him as a 15-year-old training up with us in the BNL,” he said.
“He has matured as a person, and player, and has established himself as a leader on the ice, as well as one of our best defencemen.
“He’s had a hard time from me over the years but he’s responded to it well. This is the next challenge in his hockey career, and if anyone can challenge himself to achieve something, it’s Tom.”
Flyers started official training last night (Wednesday) at Fife Ice Arena ahead of the first match, a two-leg warm-up exhibition game against Dundee Stars, next weekend.
And Dutiaume expects imports to start trickling into town next week ahead of the big opening night.
“I’m in advanced talks with two or three more guys, but I’m not going to get my fingers burnt,” he said.
“I’ve been close to guys and lost them - but that’s part of the game.
“My job would have been easier if I’ve picked names off an agent’s list, but the process we’ve chosen involves a lot of homework.
“So far it’s paid off.”