New D-man brings size to Flyers blueline

New Fife Flyers signing Philippe Paquet
New Fife Flyers signing Philippe Paquet

Fife Flyers have added some size to the blueline with the addition of 6ft 3in Canadian defenceman Philippe Paquet.

The 28-year-old from Quebec joins Flyers after spending most of the past four seasons in Scandinavia, most recently with Rungsted in Denmark last year, where he posted three goals and 10 assists from 34 games, as well as 168 PIMS. He was also an Assistant Captain for the team.

Paquet has also played for a brief spell in Austria, and has made 136 appearances in the ECHL in North America.

He spent his NCAA career with Clarkson University, and was drafted seventh round (229th overall) by Montreal Canadiens in 2005.

At the age of 16, Paquet was described by his coach at Salisbury School as the best skater he’d ever seen for his size and age.

Flyers new D-man said: “I am excited to come to Fife and begin a new chapter in my professional career.

“I have heard good things about the league and especially about Fife and the loyal Flyers fans.

“I am looking forward to playing in front of a packed home crowd.

“I hope to bring a winning and competitive mentality to the team and contribute in any way I can to help this team win games.”

Associate coach Danny Stewart added: “Phil ticks a lot of boxes for us and we are excited to have come to an agreement with him for next season.

“He is a very solid defender who is also a puck mover and will feature heavily on our special teams this season.

“He plays with an edge and uses his size well. He will be looked upon to contribute at both ends of the ice and log a lot of minutes.”

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