FIFE Flyers coach Todd Dutiaume believes he has signed an extra import after securing the services of Kyle Horne for the coming season.
Horne (32), who has made over 400 appearances for the club since making his debut in 1996, returns for a landmark 10th season at his home town club.
And Dutiaume is delighted to have the veteran defenceman back on board for the club’s third campaign at Elite League level.
“Kyle and I have been team mates for a number of years, and it was a no-brainer to have him back in the line-up,” Dutiaume told the Press. “When he’s in shape and confident, he is an asset to any club, as good as an extra import.
“Last year down the stretch he really showed what he was made of. We had D-men hurting and Kyle stepped up and had a really good second half of season.”
Horne is the first confirmed D-man on next season’s roster, but Dutiaume and associate coach Danny Stewart are in advanced talks with others.
“We’re quite pleased with the progress being made,” Dutiaume said. “We’re looking to upgrade because our aim is to finish higher up the league than last year.
“If everything that Danny and I are working on comes off, then we’ll have a good team on our hands.”
One D-man who won’t be lacing up the skates next season is Derek Keller, who this week confirmed his retirement from ice hockey at the age of 26 to take up a career in banking.