New D-man brings a boatload of potential

Kyle Horne will return to Fife Flyers next season
Kyle Horne will return to Fife Flyers next season

FIFE Flyers have moved to further bolster their backline with the signing of an import and two Brits.

American defenceman Zach Carriveau has joined the club from Arizona Sundogs of Central Hockey League.

And two of last season’s D-men, Kyle Horne and Thomas Muir, have also been snapped up.

Carriveau, born in Portland, Maine, is 21 years old and has just finished his first pro season after a three-year junior career with the Nepean Raiders, where he tallied 121 points in 175 games.

“Zach is a young guy but he comes with a boatload of potential,” player-coach Todd Dutiaume told the Press.

“He skates well, he likes to carry the puck and he has a heavy shot.

“With the ice time on offer in Fife I think we’re going to see Zach flourish here.

“Along with Kyle and Thomas, that brings us to six signed D-men, which compared to last year, puts us in a much better position.

“We’re still talking to another Brit or two to give us even more depth in case we run into injury problems like we had last year.”

Horne returns for his ninth season in Fife and Dutiaume is expecting to get more out of the 31-year-old in the forthcoming season.

“We brought Kyle in last year to be an import but he battled a number of injuries all season and was under conditioned,” he said.

“He’s altered that, and he’s now healthy and ready to go.

“We’ve told Kyle we want him to play to the level of an import, and he’s made it clear that’s his goal as well.”

Muir (26) is one of a number of local Brits who will be given another chance to prove themselves at Elite League level after a difficult debut campaign.

The coach added: “These guys had an immensely difficult season, but with more imports coming in, they’ll be able to play proper minutes without getting worn out.”

Dutiaume also revealed that he is in “advanced talks” with a number of import forwards, and a netminder.

He said: “There have been ups and downs all summer but we’re getting closer.”