Flyers add Cullen to new-look line-up

Paddy Cullen, signed by Fife Flyers for 2015-16 season
Paddy Cullen, signed by Fife Flyers for 2015-16 season

The changes keep coming at Fife Flyers with a tenth new import added for the 2015-16 ice hockey season.

Paddy Cullen is the penultimate signing just weeks before the action starts - a final blue line berth is expected to filled in the next few days as the coaching staff complete their roster.

The 26-year old from Washington DC holds an Irish passport, and joins Flyers from ECHL outfit Rapid City Rush. He brings experience of playing in north North America and Germany.

Cullen spent four seasons with ECAC outfit RPI between 2008 and 2012 band had eight games with South Carolina Stingrays before moving to the German league with Klostersee EHC.

He then iced in the DEL2 with Ravensburg and Dresden ice Lions before a return to north America in 2014 where he had 31 games with Indy Fuel and 38 with Rapid City.

Cullen’s workrate was one of the factors which drew the coaching staff to his signature - and he joins a new-look side that, on paper, would appear to be grittier, have more depth and more offensive power across the bench.

Danny Stewart, associate coach, said: “In Patrick we are getting a very good skater that plays both ends of the ice.

“He will start on our third line this season but we have no doubt that he will push our top six consistently and even find some time on those lines.

‘‘He will feature in both ends of our special teams and comes with a tremendous work ethic. He makes us stronger up front in all three zones without sacrificing offence.”

“He’s a guy who had 40 plus points in the ECHL so will add much needed scoring punch to our forward group and specifically our third line.

The club now has to finalise its defensive unit with one key berth remaining, with many fans keen to see an enforcer figure added to the roster following the departure of Matt Nickerson to Belfast Giants.