Jeff Lee is the latest new face to be unveiled in the Fife Flyers dressing-room, but having flown several thousands miles to Kirkcaldy, one of the first guys he’ll see is his Quad City Mallards colleague, Justin Fox.
They both iced for the ECHL/CHL outfit last season, and both figured in the club’s top five points scorers.
Lee, 27, will join his new team-mates in a matter of days as they prepare for the start of the 2015-16 season with challenge games against Belfast Giants and Edinburgh Capitals.
Playing centre or left wing, he stands 6-2 and is 194lbs, and he is the ninth new signing of the summer by the coaching team of Todd Dutiaume and Danny Stewart - indeed only Stewart and captain, Kyle Haines, return from the imports to date, and the roster is now fast filling up.
Lee was born in Calgary and cut his teeth junior and college hockey with Drayton Valley Thunder and the University of Alaska-Fairbanks before jumping up to the WHL with Edmonton Oil Kings in 2008-08.
From 2009 to 2012 he was with the University of New Brunswick, during which time the team lifted the 2011 University Cup championship.
Lee then iced with Rapid City Rush in the CHL before joining the Mallards where he was the club’s top points scorer in 2013-14, and a top scorer, behind Justin Fox, last season.
Those sort of stats are key to Fife’s progress this season as they take to the ice with a completely new look roster.
For Dutiaume, it’s also how Lee fits into the dressing-room as he seeks to find the ties that bind and deliver a strong team unity.
‘‘We are delighted to have Jeff join the our roster,’’ he said. ‘‘He will be a key player for us and we’re sure he’ll be popular in the room as well as on the ice.
‘‘He comes to us with a solid resume and good references and we are looking forward to seeing how he fits in with the team we have created. ‘‘
On the ice Dutiaume is looking to Lee to make his mark too.
‘‘It was important for us to add some size up front,’’ he said. ‘‘Jeff gives us a puck possession guy that has a lot of skill as well. He is a big body that will add to our top six group - he will be tough to play against and will complement our other guys very well.”
>> Fife Flyers have an exhibition game against Belfast Giants at Fife Ice Arena on Saturday, August 29. Ticket details from the box office at the ice rink or www.fifeflyers.co.uk