David Brown has been handed the challenge of filling the skates of Kevin Regan as Fife Flyers’ starting netminder for 2015-16.
He joins from Hull Stingrays who collapsed during the summer and left the EIHL.
The 30-year old Canadian came to the UK after playing with numerous sides in the ECHL and AHL after making the step up from the University of Notre Dame where he had four seasons.
But it was his performances between the pipes for a short-benched, injury hit Hull which caught the eye of the coaching staff.
They put together a great run of results to not only make the play-offs, but reach the finals weekend - a game that proved to be their swansong as the club collapsed in summer and shifted into the lower leagues.
Todd Dutiaumne, head coach, said: ‘‘All of last season Danny (Stewart) and I were both intrigued by David.
“He faced a lot of rubber on a consistent basis, and helped carry a team that really struggled with key injuries for the majority of the regular season to a respectable finish in the league and right into the play off finals.’’
Flyers arew now looking to him to shine in what they view as a stronger team.
Added Dutiaume: “I feel that by putting together a strong and healthy squad in front of David this year we will reap the benefits.
‘‘He knows the league, is driven to succeed and we have a guy who is ready to compete for us night in night out.”
Brown will be backed bup by Blair Daly.
Flyers’ season begins with an exhibition game against Belfast Giants on August 29 and a road trip to Edinburgh on the 30th before they begin the EIHL campaign with a double header against Coventry Blaze the following weekend.