New Flyers captain vows to lead by example

New Fife Flyers captain Kyle Haines. Pic: Steve Gunn
New Fife Flyers captain Kyle Haines. Pic: Steve Gunn

Kyle Haines has promised to lead by example after being handed the Fife Flyers captaincy.

The defenceman was picked for the role after emerging as a leader in the dressing room during the first few weeks of the new season.

“It’s kind of caught me by surprise - I haven’t worn a letter since college - but I like the responsibility,” Haines told the Press.

“I’ll just go out there, lead by example and give 100 per cent every shift.”

Head coach Todd Dutiaume revealed his reasons behind choosing Haines (pictured right) for the ‘C’ jersey.

“Everytime he’s on the ice he does an exceptional job,” he said. “He’s one of our biggest players and leads by example.

“He came back this season in phenomenal shape and expected everybody to be up to his standard - and he voiced some of that in the dressing room.

“He expects the best out of himself and demands that out of his team mates. In the end, it was a pretty simply decision for us.

“We’re also delighted with the assistant captains we have.

“Jordan Fulton is another guy who leads by example out there, and Bobby Chaumont is a catalyst in the dressing room.”

Haines showed all his true qualities of a captain on Saturday as he ate up vast amounts of ice time to cover for injuries and penalties as Flyers earned a hard-fought point against play-off champions Sheffield.

“It was a good comeback and a character third period,” he said. “We need to get those winning habits going and it was good to see that we found a way.

“We battled a lot harder in practice this week and that carried over to the game.

“Our fitness levels are improving and think that showed in the third period.

“It felt like I didn’t leave the ice but we were able to skate hard and compete and it paid dividends, somewhat.

“We didn’t get the two points which is our goal every game but it was a pretty good effort overall.”