ELITE League newcomers Fife Flyers have secured the services of two seasoned campaigners ahead of their debut EIHL season.
Former Newcastle Vipers player-boss Danny Stewart has been confirmed as the club’s latest import signing, while popular defenceman Kyle Horne, Kirkcaldy born and bred, returns to Fife after spending the past four years at Edinburgh Capitals.
Stewart (32) becomes Flyers’ third import forward, joining Matt Siddall and player-coach Todd Dutiaume on the roster, and Dutiaume believes the wealth of EIHL experience provided by his fellow Canadian will help his team’s cause next season.
“Danny’s an experienced player in this country,” Dutiaume said. “He was player-coach in Newcastle last year, and spent four years in Coventry before that.
“He has a big reputation, and his experience will be invaluable to us in making the transition up to Elite League level.
“He’ll lead by example on the ice. He’s a hard going player who sticks up for his team-mates.”
Despite his coaching background, Stewart will be utilised solely in a playing capacity.
Dutiaume added: “Danny’s knowledge of the EIHL, its teams, and their systems, is something we’ll definitely be tapping into, but he has not signed as a coach.
“He’s coming here purely as a player, but he’ll be an asset both on and off the ice. We see him as a hard-working forward, probably a centre, playing alongside one of our top two lines.”
Horne, who is the first Brit signing to be confirmed, is no stranger to the club having spent seven seasons at his home town team during the BNL days.
“As soon as I found out we were going Elite, Kyle was one of my prime targets,” Dutiaume said.
“I consider Kyle to be an import signing – I think he’s that good. He will bring the same level of performance every night.”
Meanwhile, Dutiaume called last year’s team together for the first training session at Dundee Ice Arena on Tuesday night as he weighs up which local players will be offered spots on the EIHL roster.
For an exclusive interview with Fife Flyers signing Kyle Horne, pick up a copy of this week’s Fife Free Press