Fife Flyers add TJ Caig for firepower

TJ Caig, signed for Fife Flyers season 2015-16
TJ Caig, signed for Fife Flyers season 2015-16

Fife Flyers have unveiled their tenth import signing of the season - proven goalscorer, TJ Caig.

He is the eighth new face to be added by the coaching staff as they undertake a complete overhaul of the team for the 2015-16 campaign which faces-off in September.

Only Danny Stewart, associate coach, and Kyle Haines, team captain, are confirmed as returnees so far from the 2014-15 import roster.

Thirty-four year old Caig - the initials stand for ‘Trevor Jon’ - is a much travelled pro hockey player who has had spells across Europe.

And his role at Fife is to add some offensive firepower to the team.

Caig has delivered solid numbers for his clubs, and his approach has impressed the coaching staff.

Todd Dutiaume, head coach, said: ‘‘Since the start of the recruitment drive, we knew we would be looking to find consistent offensive production.

“We liked what we heard about T.J and when we spoke to him, he was interested in what we are trying to build as a team and wanted to become a part of what we are trying to accomplish.”

A native of Kelowna, British Columbia, shoots right, and has delivered a minimum of 50 points per season since 2009-10.

His career began with Penticton Panthers in the BCHL in 1990 where he racked up just over 200 points in two seasons before moving on the NCAA and the University of Minensota-Duluth until 2005.

He then headed to Europe which has been his home for most of the intervening years.

Caig iced with Nijmegen Emperors in Holland with an 83-point 2005-06 season, and then moved to German side Heilbronner Falkin where he logged 69 points (39+30) from 48 games.

Austraia, France and Germany beckoned before the 2009-10 season took him back to north America to ice with Tulsa Oilers in the CHL where a 51-game regular season delivered stats of 23+32.

Since then he has had two seasons in Holland and two in Italy before returning last season to Tulsa and a 60-point campaign from 70 games, making him one of the club’s top five scorers.

All told he has some 680 regular season games on his CV together with a batch of individual awards.

Caig had the most point in Holland in 2005-06 and 2011-12 - his side HYS The Hague were the Dutch Beker Cup champions - and he topped the points charts in Italy2 in 2012-13.

Dutiaume is certainly looking to Caig to continue to deliver that level of production in a Fife top.

He said: “He thrives on having the puck on his stick in scoring positions and will keep our opposing goaltenders busy this season.

“T.J has put up excellent offensive numbers over the years and I’m confident he will continue to do that in Flyers colours.”

Caig is the tenth import signing of the summer - and eight of them are new to the Flyers’ dressing-room.

He joins newcomers Justin Fox, netminder David Brown, defencemen Matt Delahey and Phil Paquet, and forwards Shayne Stockton, Michael Dorr and Ryan Dingle.

The club has committed to going with the maximum 13 imports so that leaves three berths to be filled - or at least announced.

>> T.J. Caig’s travels have seen him ice with some familiar faces.

His 2010-11 team HYS The Hague included ex-Edinburgh defenceman Jan Safar, while last season in Tulsa he iced with Kyle Bochek who played with Coventry Blaze. His 2009 Tulsa team-mates incldue ex-Caps skater Brent Patry.