Fife Flyers 75 greats 1-25

Pep Young (second left)
Pep Young (second left)

1 Pep Young

There are very few people more important to the story of Fife Flyers.

Mark Morrison

Mark Morrison

Pep’s asociation with the club, and Scottish hockey, spanned 60 years as a player, coach and great supporter.

A native of Montreal, he joined Flyers in the early 1950s before a skate blade snapped four tendons in his ankle.

When the sport was revived in 1962 Pep returned from playing with Murrayfield Royals to take the helm. At the end of the 1960s he returned once more to revitalise the team.

With his skates hung up, Pep launched Kirkcaldy Kestrels and then the Safeway Sabres - two pivotal teams which nurtured the fledgling careers of many local skaters.

Gordon Latto

Gordon Latto

Pep officially retired in 1981, but remained rinkside almost every weekend. His death at the age of 86 in January robbed the sport of its true elder statesman.

2 Mark Morrison

Signed as a foil for NHL star Doug Smail, and went on to define an era for Flyers.

He came to Fife via Italian hockey and before that the New York Rangers and Team Canada, and made his debut in 1993-94 setting an instant club record for most points in a season.

Chic Cottrell

Chic Cottrell

In 1995-96 he becamed player-coach, replacing Ron Plumb, and made his debut in the famous ‘Braeheart’ Benson & Hedges Cup tie with Sheffield Steelers.

He coached them to the inaugural NPL title in 1996-97, equalling Plumb’s record of 14 consecutive wins from 1985, and then cemented his place in the club’s history with back top back British championships between 1998 and 2000 which saw the club Grand Slam. Morrison’s all-star honours include three times the Coach of the Year, twice player of the year, and once players’ player of the year.

Also created Flyers’ lasting links with Rachel House and CHAS.

3 Gordon Latto

Steven King

Steven King

Played 874 games scoring a record 1265 points between 1972 and 1998 in a career spent almost entirely in Fife apart from a season in Sweden and a very brief stint in Dundee.

Between 1976 and 1979, he was three years in a row the Northern League Player of the Year, and the league’s top scorer in 1979/80, winning the Earl Carlson Trophy.

He played in four world championships between 1976 and 1989, and his testimonial game attracted a capacity crowd to see his number 16 jersey retired.

Inducted into British hockey’s Hall of Fame in 1999, Gordon received the Ahearne Medal in 1998.

4 Al Rodgers

Rodgers coached the 1948 team to remarkable success. His haul of silverware was comprehensive and included the Autumn Cup and Jubilee Trophy.

Todd Dutiaume

Todd Dutiaume

Rodgers was three times named ‘Coach Of The Year’ in 1946-47 and 1947-48, and then 1949-50 - a feat only matched since by Mark Morrison.

5 Les Lovell Snr

The club’s first ever player-coach in 1938 who also helped to finish building the new rink.

Les was born in Montreal, and came to Scotland to play for Perth in 1936 before signing for the brand new team in Kirkcaldy.

He lost an eye in 1939 forcing a premature retirement from the sport, but his legacy was to begin a dynasty that spanned two more generations.

6 Bert Smith

The Dysart lad was the mascot on the rink’s opening night of October 1, 1938. One of only six Olympians to come from Kirkcaldy, Bert was hailed as ‘‘a Scottish pathfinder for the sport of ice hockey’’ as he played with great style and sucess at home and abroad. Smith was part of the club as it was revived in the 1950s. By then his CV includced representing GB at the 1948 Winter Olympics and the World Championships of 1949-50 and 1951. He returned to that stage in 1962 as his 20-year career drew to a close.

7 Jimmy Mitchell

One of the very first Kirkcaldy boys to play for Flyers, and one of a select group which went to to the world championships.

Along with Bert Smith, his links go back to the immediate post-war era, when he made his debut on 1946, eight years after the club’s formation, and just as the sport emerged from the hiatus caused by WW2. Jimmy netted twice on his debut in an 8-1 hammering of Falkirk Lions.

8 Chic Cottrell

Forty years of service as a player, coach, bench coach, and at the helm of junior development.

As a player, he was the league’s 1970-71 Rookie of the Year after choosing football over Raith Rovers, and went on to play in the Grand Slam team of 1977 and the Wembley champions of 1985.

He then took over coaching duties from 1986-88, returning again in 1990-91 after the departure of Mike Fedorko. When Mark Morrison was appointed player-coach in 1996 he asked Chic to run the bench, and they forged a strong partnership which led to back to back British championships and another Grand Slam.

Chic was also at the forefront of the club’s junior development programme, responsible for nurturing a host of young hockey players.

9 Kenny Horne

A key part of a hockey dynasty which began with his father Tommy, rink manager, and continues with his son, Kyle, playing today. Kenny was a tough competitor who was part of Flyers’ 1977 Grand Slam team and a stalwart across the 1970s, and was heavily involved in coaching and working behind the scenes. He won all the domestic honours and also played for GB, appearing at the 1976 world championships.

10 Steven King

One of the very few one-club players in the UK game, his 22-season association with Fife Flyers spanned several ‘eras’ and produced many memorable highlights.

He made his senior debut at the age of 15. In 1993-94, coach Jim Lynch put him on the same line as Doug Smail and Mark Morrison, and their influence rubbed off.

After 22 seasons, 748 goals and 404 assists he hung up his skates, but was tempted out of retirement by Todd Dutiaume to help Flyers’ stablise in the EIHL.

Throughout his career he wore the number 12 jersey - it is surely only a matter of time before the club formally retires it.

Quite simply, it belongs to no-one else ...

11 Joe McIntosh

A key player in Flyers history, and that of Scottish hockey.

As a defenceman his career spanned 25 seasons and a number of different teams.

He joined Fife in 1963 for a seven-year association during which he won silverware galore and made the league’s All-Star teams from 1967-1972.

After spells with Ayr and Dundee he returned in 1976 to be part of the Grand Slam team at the age of 44 before retiring.

Joe’s career also took him to Switzerland where he coached Crans-sur-Sierre.

His international career saw him coach GB and also set a record as the oldest defenceman or forward to play for GB at the World Championships when he iced in 1973 at the age 40 years and 161 days.

12 Jack Dryburgh

Outstanding Kirkcaldy-born forward who never actually played for Flyers but was still a hugely influential figure.

One of the top British forwards during the 1950s and 1960s, Jack was arguably the finest skater and skilful stickhandler of his generation.

Part of the famous Brighton Tigers he also iced with Murrayfield, Nottingham and Liege in Belgium before retiring.

In the 1960s he launched hockey in Aviemore, and then coached Solihull Barons before becoming rink manager - the first of two spells - at Kirkcaldy.

In 1985 he and the late John Haig went to Canada with a brief to find top-notch players to spearhead the club’s Heineken launch - they returned with the ‘Plumb Line’ and hockey exploded in town.

Jack also stepped in as coach of Flyers and in 1988 he added a whole new dimension to the sport by signing three world class Czechs.

13 Lawrie Lovell

Son of Les who was the player-coach when Flyers Grand Slammed in 1977 - but that was just one highlight in the career of a prolific goalscorer.

Icing with Murrayfield and Flyers, in 12 Northern League seasons Lovell was three times top scorer, and when the league ended his 1451 points haul was 250 ahead of his closest rival.

He was coach of the year win 1975-76, and his Grand Slam Flyers were unbeaten in 32 games spanning 12 months.

He played in five World Championships.

14 Todd Dutiaume

Longest serving import in the club’s history, and current head coach.

Dutiaume, from Winnipeg, came to the UK to ice with Swindon Ice Lords in 1996-97 who beat Flyers in the British Championship finals at the Nynex.

He moved on to Telford Tigers but when the team hit major problems, Mark Morrison brought him to Fife in 1999.

Dutiaume’s goals were instrumental in Flyers’ clean sweep of the honours, and when the club dropped out of the top flight he stuck with them as player-coach.

He guided Flyers to great success in the SNL - between September 2006 and April 2007 they were unbeaten in a record 50 games, with 47 consecutive wins - before building an import-led team in the Elite League. Last season he saw them come within an ace of the championship finals weekend, even scoring one of their key play-off goals despite suffering from a broken knee-cap.

15 Russell Monteith

The powerplay king! An outstanding forward, Monteith played three seasons with Flyers and was a key member of their Grand Slam team of 2000. His debut season haul of 38 power play strikes stands as a record.

16 Ron Plumb

A legend whose enthusiasm for the game remains infectious. As player-coach he led ‘the Plumb Line’ which made hockey big box office in town, and captured the 1985 British championship at Wembley.

A brief return as coach in 1995 didn’t work out, but his legacy remains in tact.

17 Danny Brown

One of our 1985 Wembley Wizards whose performances remain long in the memory. Played two seasons - in 1984-85 he had stats of 82+75, while he returned the following season for a 137-point haul (83+54) from 36 games.

18 Dave Stoyanovich

Legendary star whose stats have gone into the record books for all time. Most goals in one season - 108 in 1984/85; Most assists - 117 (1986/87); Most goals in one game - 13 (1984).

19 Les Lovell

One of Scotland’s all-time greats, Les had nine seasons with Flyers which included the 1977 Grand Slam team. He scored the club’s fastest ever goal - six seconds in 1975. Top points scorer in NIHA 1970-71, captain of GB World Championship team in 1976 and player and assistant coach in 1977.

20 Floyd Snider

His 1951 entry to the Hall of Fame hails him as ‘one of the greatest defencemen in the Scottish game.’’

Born in Kingston, Ontario, Snider came to Flyers in 1946 and played seven seasons during which time he earned a great reputation as a rushing defenceman - stats, although not complete show 334 games, 132 goals and 287 assists.

A master of the poke check and an All-Star choice for five straight seasons.

21 Frank Morris

In opposition he was the player Fife fans loved to hate, but as a Flyer he was ‘Captain Fantastic’ who gave over a decade of service from 1991 culminating in leading the team to its Grand Slam. An intense, fiercely competitive player Frankie gave his all every single night. His jersey number was retired at his testimonial.

22 Doug Smail

The first player to sign for a UK club direct from the NHL, Smail came to Kirkcaldy from Ottowa Senators after 13 seasons in the world’s greatest league. He thrilled fans with his electrifying speed and incredible standard of play, and his 1993-94 haul of 13 short-handed goals stands as a record to this day.

23 Graeme Farrell

Another key member of the Perth link, GB internationalist ‘Pinky’ skated to great success in the 1960s. A neighbour and friend of Jimmy Spence he graduated through Perth’s junior ranks.

24 Ian Forbes

Known as ‘Eeny’ he was part of the Perth contingent at the heart of the great 1960s teams. A tough forward, Forbes joined in 1963 and won nine major trophies as player-coach over four seasons. In 1963-64 he was listed in the All-Star ‘A’ team as a forward and coach.

25 Brian Peat

Home-based defenceman from the early to mid 1980s who iced in over 100 games.

Russell Monteith

Russell Monteith

Danny Brown, Ron Plumb, Dave Stoyanovich

Danny Brown, Ron Plumb, Dave Stoyanovich

Frank Morris

Frank Morris

Doug Smail

Doug Smail