Experienced Czech defenceman, David Turon, has signed on with Fife Flyers for the 2016/17 season in what is a strong statement of intent by the EIHL outfit.
Having spent time with Dundee Stars last season, the former NHL Draft returns to Scotland after a brief spell at Cracovia Krakow, where he was able to help them secure their 10th Polish Ice Hockey League championship.
Turon impressed Todd Dutiaume with his performances at the Stars last year and is relishing his EIHL return.
He said: “I was thinking if I had the chance to come back to the EIHL, I would consider it and then Todd called me and that was that.
“I was happy that the Flyers called me and I was happy to be somewhere where I can enjoy the team.”
Turon turned out 46 times for the Flyers’ local rivals last season before his move to Poland but is excited to be on the other side of the derby for the new season.
“The derby we played between Dundee and Fife was always fun and every game was good to be a part of,” he explained.
“It was great when we played at home but when we played at Fife Arena, it was even better because there were more people and better crowds.”
Turon, who recorded five goals, 14 assists and 22 PIMs on Tayside, revealed that he plays most of his best hockey in his own end.
“I’m more a stay at home defenceman, but when I can, I jump into the rush and try to help the forwards,” he said.
“The main thing for me is not to get scored against and help the defence first.”
The former AHL player becomes the Flyers second signing of the summer in an attempt by Dutiaume to bolster the squad ahead of the tough season that lies ahead.
However, the reception that Turon has received from Flyers’ fans has given the defenceman much cause for optimism about this season’s prospects.
“I was very happy when I saw that people were welcoming me so I’m happy to be part of Fife Flyers,” he added.
“I hope its going to be a fun season and hope that we can do something for the club and for the people.”
Flyers won’t have long to wait to discover their opponents for the opening game of the new EIHL season as the ten teams are currently locked in discussions over the schedule.