Fife Flyers have unveiled the first new face in the dressing-room for season 2013-14.
Jordan Fulton will bring North American and Scandinavian experience when he makes his debut at the end of next month.
And Flyers see him as one of the keys to turning round their poor road form.
The 25-year old left-winger joins Flyers from Danish outfit Herning Blue Fox, but will have an insight into the Kirkcaldy dressing-room - he is a former team-mate of the Pitton brothers, Jason and Bryan.
The trio iced together with Stockton Thunder in the ECHL.
Todd Dutiaume, head coach, reckons Fulton will bring grit to the team and not be afraid to get his nose dirty.
‘‘He will not be scared to get himself in to the dirty areas on the ice,’’ said Dutiaume.
‘‘We didn’t win many road games last season, and Danny (Stewart) and I recognise that we need to be dirtier on the road if we want to bring points back.
‘‘Jordan is a guy who will provide plenty of grit to help us do that.’’
Dutioaume added: ‘‘We sat down at the end of last season and identified key areas where we wanted to improve - and our road form was one of them.
‘‘We never transferred our superb home form on to the road and that cost us a good run in the division and a higher ranking in the league.’’
Fulton’s experience outwith North America was one factor in the club’s desire to bring him on board.
Explained Dutiaume: It’s a big transition playing over here, so it certainly helps if you’ve travelled and had that experience.’’
Fulton’s arrival also underlines the team building that is underway behind the scenes with more new imports likely to be unveiled soon.
Added Dutiaume: I think the fans will be happy with the team they see - there will be a handful of new faces in it.
‘‘Recruitment has gone well, and we’ll meet with the british players in the next week or so - the season is creeping up on us but we are well prepared behind the scenes, and things are going well.’’
The coaches are keen to build on last year’s progress which saw Flyers make the EIHL play-offs for the first time - and more names will be announced over the coming weeks.
Added Dutiaume: “Last season we had an excellent rebuilding season, but that is now over.
‘We need to improve and continue the progress this coming season.
‘‘We feel we have guys lined up will go out and play for one another, and that was something we had great success with last season.”
Fulton played his college hockey with his home town University of Minnesota-Duluth in the NCAA netting stats of 24+34 in 156 games, and 206 PIMs.
He turned pro in 2010 has has gained ECHL experience with Kalamazoo Wings and Stockton Thunder notching 88 points (35+53) in 140 games before switching to Denmark.