Flyers add Delahey to defence corps

New Fife Flyers signing Matt Delahey
New Fife Flyers signing Matt Delahey

Fife Flyers have added to their defence corps with the signing of first-year pro Matt Delahey.

The 25-year-old from Moose Jaw, Canada, joins the Kirkcaldy side after five seasons in the CIS with the University of Saskatchewan.

Prior to this Delahey played 20 games in the ECHL with Ontario Reign and five seasons with the Regina Pats in the WHL.

The 6ft 1in defenceman is a former fourth round NHL draft pick with New Jersey Devils and was one of 23 players who comprised the Canadian men’s hockey team at the Winter Universiade in Spain in December.

Flyers made their move after receiving a “glowing reference” from former UK Superleague and Team GB U20 coach Troy Walkington, who coached Delahey at the University of Saskatchewan.

On his move to Fife, Delahey said: “I have heard nothing but positive things about both the Flyers organisation and the fans.

“I am excited and honoured for the opportunity to be a part of an organisation with such a storied history of hockey in the UK.”

Flyers associate coach Danny Stewart added: “Matt is a gritty, tough stay at home D-man with good size and he is very strong defensively.

“We will be looking to Matt to improve us defensively at the back end and play important minutes for us.

“He is an eager first year pro that has a tremendous work ethic and plays for the jersey. He will

bring us a lot of character and compete every night. We are excited to have him on the roster.”