Regan returns to Fife with plenty still to prove

Kevin Regan Fife Flyers netminder
Kevin Regan Fife Flyers netminder

His coach described him as one of the best netminders Fife Flyers have ever had.

But Kevin Regan reckons there is still plenty room for improvement after agreeing to return for a second Elite League season with the Kirkcaldy club.

Team boss Todd Dutiaume rates the Boston shot-stopper as among the best goal-tenders he has worked with.

However, Regan, a joint winner of last season’s Mirror of Merit, is keen to show that he can improve on last season’s form.

“It was not my best season in terms of playing well every night - I was inconsistent at times,” he told the Press.

“I feel I have a lot more to prove. I consider myself one of the best goalies in the league, but statistically I didn’t show that every night.

“There’s still things to improve on - next season I want to be more consistent and improve my stats. I’ll need to be on top of my game every night.”

Regan stats showed a goals against average of 3.14 per game throughout the regular season, and a save percentage of 0.900.

However, he found his best form in the post season play-offs where his GAA dropped to 1.51 and his save percentage crept up to 0.957.

He was also named Flyers man of the match in the 1-0 play-off semi-final defeat to Belfast Giants in Nottingham.

“I felt at my best coming down the stretch,” he said. “It helped having a full line-up in front of me.

“We really missed big Matt and Da Costa for a stretch, and bringing in a guy like Haines was really a great help.

“My performances were up and down, but I’m hoping to elevate my game next year.”

Regan arrived in Fife last summer having missed most of the previous two years due to a hip injury that required multiple surgeries.

“Coming into the season it felt like I was coming straight out of college again,” he said.

“By the end of the year I felt good, so hopefully I can hit the ground running next season instead of play catch-up.”

Regan is the first of last season’s imports - other than the coaching staff - to commit to another year in Fife and he hopes others will follow suit.

“If you’d asked me in December I probably wouldn’t have been so excited to come back!” he said.

“But after the way the season ended I made my mind up pretty early that I wanted another year.

“I just enjoyed the whole experience, and my family felt really settled in the town.

“The first few months were very frustrating when we struggled for wins, but the last few months was the most fun I’ve had playing hockey.

“It will probably be impossible to bring the whole team back, but it would be good to get a group back.

“The challenge will then be to produce the kind of form we showed down the stretch for the whole season.”

A key factor in Regan’s decision to return was also the Flyers fan-base, which made him feel at home in Kirkcaldy.

“I’ve played with lot of clubs and travelled to a lot of really nice places, and Fife is a great place to play,” he said.

“It’s a good small hockey town, with lots of history and tradition, and the most passionate fans in the league.

“When I was announced I looked at the comments on Facebook and a lot of them were saying that it would be great to see me and my family back at the rink.

“The people in Fife really get to know you outside of hockey too - it’s a great community to be part of.”