With two goals, two assists and a man of the match award in the 6-0 win over Coventry Blaze, it’s safe to say that Fife Flyers forward Jeff Lee made a big impression on Saturday night.
Players can often be placed into certain categories such as gritty, skilful or fast but the new number 22 immediately endeared himself to the Flyers fans with a performance that combined all three as he terrorised the Blaze defence.
The 27-year-old Canadian joined the Kirkcaldy club in the summer after scoring 43 points for the Quad City Mallards in the East Coast Hockey League last season.
He scored 60 points the season before that.
However, Lee insists that he does not judge himself by his performance in the scoring charts, only by meeting the standards that he sets himself for every game.
“I don’t really think about scoring, I try to focus on the things that make me score,” he said.
“I focus on the little details like going hard to the net and bringing work ethic.
“I always have five or six key points I focus on every game.
“If you focus on them and you’re rewarded then great, but scoring is not something I really keep track of.
“I focus on the little details that allow me to have success.”
Lee was encouraged by the instant chemistry struck up alongside his experienced line mates, Ryan Dingle and TJ Caig, in what he hopes will become one of the Elite League’s most dangerous forward line.
“I hope so, for sure,” he said. “I’ve got to give credit for Dings and Caigs they’ve been around for a long time and they’re really skilled guys.
“They move the puck really well, they’re smart, and they seem to find me in the open with speed.
“We gel together really well and I’m learning a lot from the both of them.”
Equally impressive as Flyers’ forward play on Saturday was the team’s defensive work as netminder David Brown recorded a relatively comfortable 19-save shut-out.
Lee stressed the importance of defending from the front.
“As we go down the season and the games get closer, guys playing both ends of the game is going to be huge,” he said.
“I think that’s what we’ve got here. We’re a team that’s not just going to be offensively good, but that also has a lot of respect and care in their D-zone.”
Flyers made a big statement with their opening night victory but Lee insisted that the games will get tougher.
“With Browny getting the shut-out and the team finding a gel offensively you can’t ask for much more from the first game,” he said. “I was really impressed with this team as soon as I got in and the guys in the dressing room are a lot of fun.
“But by no stretch is it going to be easy for us. There’s a lot of good teams in this league and to stay competitive we’ll have to continue to get better and better because others teams are going to.”