TJ looks for improvements after impressive Flyers debut

TJ Caig scored a goal and two assists against Belfast Giants on Saturday. Pic: Steve Gunn
TJ Caig scored a goal and two assists against Belfast Giants on Saturday. Pic: Steve Gunn

Wherever TJ Caig has played ice hockey, he has produced big numbers.

His impressive CV is stacked with goals and assists, including a career-best 108 point season in the Netherlands in 2010-11.

He has also scored a tonne of goals in Italy, France and Germany and made the move to Fife Flyers this summer after a 60 point season in the ECHL with Tulsa Oilers.

The 34-year-old was quick to show his attacking prowess in a Flyers jersey with an eye-catching 1+2 contribution in the 4-4 draw with Belfast Giants on Saturday.

It was an encouraging performance from Fife’s new-look side, but TJ was not particularly complimentary of his own display, insisting there is more to come.

“I thought, personally, that I didn’t play that great but it’s good to get the first one out of the way,” he told the Press.

“It’s going to be a different style of game than I played last year, so it’s going to take a couple of games to get into the swing of things, and get my feet and hands back.

“I’m 34 now so it’s tough keeping up with the young kids - but it’ll come around.

“It seems like it’s going to be a competitive league with a lot of good players.

“With teams carrying 13 imports it’s going to be a tough battle every night for sure.”

Flyers will hope that Caig can maintain his goal-scoring form in his first UK season, but the Canadian forward insists that his own stats will not be his focus this season.

“First of all my goal is to win every game,” he insisted. “I’m not really in it for my personal points any more.

“As long as we compete and win games, that’s important to me, and when I can contribute, that’s a bonus.”

Having iced in six different countries over a 10-year pro career, Caig is one of the more experienced figures in the Flyers dressing room and he hopes to pass on his experience to some of the younger skaters.

“That’s a whole part of it,” he said.

“When I was young people did it for me, so it’s my time to give back, and chip in when I can, and give my advice where I can.”

Caig knows what it takes to win silverware - he won a Dutch Championship in the past while playing for The Hague HYS - and he is encouraged by the team Fife have put together this season.

“It’s good to get a measuring stick after this first game to see where you’re at and it looks pretty good,” he said.

“I think we’ve got a good bunch of guys and a team that’s going to compete every night.

“We’ve got young guys with good speed and guys who compete, so we’re going to be right in the hunt I think.”

Caig was also blown away by the Flyers crowd on Saturday adding: “It was awesome.

“There’s great fan support here, and it’s a different style of seating with the fans on top of you so it’s a good atmosphere.

“It’s great to see them all out supporting us and hopefully we’ll give them something to cheer about this year.”