Jack’s back in Fife after answering Flyers SOS

Jack Astedt made his Fife Flyers debut on Saturday. Pic: Steve Gunn
Jack Astedt made his Fife Flyers debut on Saturday. Pic: Steve Gunn

Stand-in netminder Jack Astedt revealed that his Fife Flyers debut on Saturday was not his first taste of playing at Fife Ice Arena.

Astedt was part of a visiting Swedish team that competed in the annual Hockey UK tournament at the Kirkcaldy rink back in his junior days.

As fate would have it, the 24-year-old answered Flyers SOS for a stand-in goalie last week after Kevin Regan and Blair Daly were both ruled out by injury.

And the Swede gave a good account of himself on his return to FIA, despite the 3-2 overtime defeat to current EIHL champions Belfast Champions.

“I got an email saying they needed a goalie and I was just at home without a team so I contacted the coach and a couple of phonecalls later I was on my way.,” Astedt told the Press.

“I actually came here to Kirkcaldy when I was 15 with my home town team, Osby, to play in the Hockey UK tournament and we lost in the semi-finals to a Scottish team.

“I’m really glad that I got the opportunity to come back here.”

Astedt was picked up at the age of 16 by one of Sweden’s top clubs, Rogle BK, who compete in the highest junior league in Sweden.

After failing to make it into the club’s senior pro team, Astedt decided to move to the United States to take up a college place with Plymouth State University, which he described as the best time of his life.

After putting up impressive numbers during his four in the NCAA Division 3, the Swede was offered a trial with East Coast Hockey League club Colorodo Eagles, but his hopes of impressing were hampered by a groin injury.

He returned to his homeland last year to recuparate, and despite fully recovering from his injury, he has found himself without a club this season.

“If you don’t sign for a club during the summer in Sweden it’s quite hard for you to get one,” he said.

“I’ve just been working out and trying to stay in as good shape as possible.

“I could definitely feel that I’m not in best shape I’ve been - for sure - and it’s something I’ll have to work on.

“But as soon as you get into a game it all comes back to you.”

Astedt’s appearance for Flyers on Saturday was his first match in over a year and he revealed that he was nervous beforehand.

“I was nervous for sure, and excited also,” he said.

“I just want to prove to both myself and to others that I can actualy play at this level.

“It’s an adventure for me to come here and I just want to improve and develop and become the best goalie I can be.”

While Astedt produced an assured performance against Belfast that impressed both Flyers fans and head coach Todd Dutiaume, he wasn’t completely satisfied with his display.

“I can’t say that I’m happy because we lost the game,” he said.

“We had the lead with three minutes to go and it was a bad rebound on my part straight into the slot which made it 2-2.

“Then they finished it up in overtime with a good shot, but maybe in another game I would have had it.

“If I was just a couple of inches further out I would’ve had it because I could feel it on my glove. But this was my first game this year so hopefully it will come.”

With Regan’s injury situation still up in the air, Astedt is uncertain whether he will play for Flyers again, but he hopes he has put himself in the shop window.

“I love the fans here and everyone has been treating me really well,” he said.

“It’s a really high class organisation and I would love to stay but it’s up to the coaches.

“All I can do is battle it out every single practice and make sure I don’t lose any more games if I get another opportunity.”