When the Hull Stingrays disbanded during the summer, it left netminder David Brown completely out on a limb.
The 30-year-old was in the middle of a two-year contract with the Humberside club that was tied into an Executive MBA programme at the University of Hull.
Brown admitted it was an ‘alarming’ time as he feared for his future, but he now believes that things have worked out for the best after being picked up by Fife Flyers.
“The situation with Hull was totally unforeseen,” Brown told the Press.
“I just woke up one day and there was no team any more. There wasn’t any heads up or any warning.
“Obviously, the fact I was on a two-year contract with the school, the house and everything, it was pretty alarming and led to some crazy times, running around trying to put the pieces back together.
“But in the end it’s worked out for the better, because I was able to come here and join the Flyers. It was perfect timing with everything that happened.”
Once news of Brown’s availability reached Flyers, contact was made, and an agreement was reached that will see Kevin Regan’s successor play in Kirkcaldy, while continuing his studies in Hull.
“I still have a year left on my MBA so I’ll be riding the train a few times,” he said.
Having experienced Fife Ice Arena as an opposing player, Brown is looking forward to having the partisan home crowd on his side this season.
“As an opponent it’s definitely hard to come into,” he said. “The fan base is very strong and it’s an intimidating building to come into when they’ve got the seats packed and its loud.
“I think we’ll be able to utilise it for some good home ice advantage. It’s going to be really great to play in front of such passionate fans.”
Brown, an eighth-round NHL draft pick by Pittsburgh Penguins in 2004, recorded a save percentage of .899 with Hull last season, although this jumped up to .935 during the play-offs as he carried the club into the EIHL Finals weekend in Nottingham.
He is looking forward to back-stopping a Flyers side that has put extra focus on defence this season.
“We have real great defenceman and it’s a big improvement from what I had last year,” Brown said.
“The coaching staff are putting in systems already and having guys accountable all over the ice is something to look forward to.
“It’s a big change from last year in Hull which was a little bit run and gun.
“Have a strong net presence on the D side of the puck will make my job eaiser.
“I feed off the D-men and they feed off me.”
Brown has set himself a goal of being among the EIHL’s top netminders this season.
“I aim to be the best player I can every time I step on the ice,” he said. “I want to help the team win, first and foremost, and I fully expect to one of the best goalies in the league.
“It’s my job to play like a champion every time I step on the ice.”