The Fogg has cleared for settled Lukacevic

Fife Flyers forward Ned Lukacevic. Pic: Steve Gunn
Fife Flyers forward Ned Lukacevic. Pic: Steve Gunn

Ned Lukacevic marked his 21st appearance for Fife Flyers with a goal and a man of the match award on Sunday.

More important for the much-travelled Montenegro-born skater, however, is that he has found a hockey home in Kirkcaldy.

Before arriving in December, the forward’s CV resembled that of Phileas Fogg.

Twelve games in Sweden, two in Germany, 15 in Slovakia, ten in Japan, nine in America – all in the past two years.

But the 28-year-old is enjoying a settled spell in Scotland, and with 22 points in 21 EIHL games, he is rediscovering the form that once saw him drafted for the NHL.

“I’m enjoying myself here and that’s the main thing,” he told the Press. “I’m having a lot of fun right now, which is important for me and my career.

“The past couple of years have been frustrating, so to find somewhere that I’m comfortable and having fun is great. From a professional stand-point it’s been great. I’ve been treated really well, and I’m enjoying the hockey a lot.

“It’s a good league and you have to show up every night to be best you can be.”

After taking time to get used to the UK style, Lukacevic has blossomed since teaming up on a line with Matt Reber and Derek Roehl.

“For the first six or seven games over here I had to adjust, but we’ve really found each other now,” he said.

“Those guys move the puck well, we read off each other really nicely, and we know where each other is going to be at different times, so it’s pretty special right now.”

Lukacevic scored the killer third goal in Fife’s 3-1 win over an under-strength Dundee Stars to seal the team’s third win in four games.

“We knew they were short-benched but we didn’t focus on that,” Lukacevic said.

“Any time you’re out of the play-offs by 10 points – that’s the pressure – so we’re just concentrating on ourselves.

“It’s a marathon not a sprint for us right now. We’re not going to be in the play-offs by tomorrow, but over the next two or three weeks we’re hoping to press on and catch a couple of teams above us.

“From back end to front everyone’s doing a great job. We’ve got some confidence right now and hopefully we can use that to our advantage.”