Fife Flyers

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Fife Flyers
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City Kirkcaldy, Scotland
League Elite Ice Hockey League
Founded 1938
Home arena Fife Ice Arena
Colours

Blue, gold, and white

              
Owner(s) Kirkcaldy Ice Hockey Club Inc.
General manager Andy McPherson
Head coach Todd Dutiaume

Fife Flyers Ice Hockey Club is the oldest professional ice hockey club in the UK, established in 1938. The Flyers play their home games at Fife Ice Arena in Kirkcaldy which has a capacity of just under 3,400 (seated and standing). The arena is home to not only the Fife Flyers, who play in the Elite Ice Hockey League but also to Kirkcaldy Junior Ice Hockey Club. Many of the Flyers' players have come up through the junior ranks and now play at a professional level.

Ice hockey has successfully been a part of the Fife community since the Flyers' inaugural season in 1938.

The Flyers have put together a team of players from the UK, Europe, and North America. They joined the EIHL in 2011. The current head coach is Canadian Todd Dutiaume who has been assisted by Jeff Hutchins since the 2016-17 season.[1]

History[edit]

2011–present[edit]

In late June 2011, the Fife Flyers were accepted into the EIHL, replacing the Newcastle Vipers for the 2011–12 season. The Flyers found the going tough in their first season back in Britain's top flight ice hockey league. A combination of relative inexperience and a smaller number of foreign players meant that the Flyers finished in last place, missing the play-offs entirely. With a year of top-flight experience, the Flyers' second season (2012-2013) was moderately more successful. The team, led by key players Casey Haines, Derek Keller, and Bryan Pitton, was almost unbeatable at home, but struggled to win games away from Kirkcaldy. They finished seventh in the league, resulting in an eighth position seeding for the play-offs (Hull, despite finishing 8th in the league, had won their conference and were consequently seeded second overall as conference winners). Fife played Nottingham Panthers over two hotly contested legs, winning 4-2 at home before losing 3-0 in Nottingham and being eliminated from the play-offs.

Despite this loss, the team returned for the 2013-2014 season with renewed vigour. A squad overhaul meant that only two foreign players, Bobby Chaumount and Danny Stewart, returned from the previous year. After a poor start to the season continued through the winter, changes were made in February, leading to a significant improvement in play. The ensuing successful run saw them qualify for the play-offs in the very last game of the season. They defeated the Gardiner Conference champion Dundee Stars 8-4 on aggregate and made the final four play-off finals in Nottingham. Their semi-final game against the league winning Belfast Giants was hotly contested, but the Giants emerged 1-0 winners.

While many players from the semi-final team returned for the 2014-2015 season, the team saw mixed results on the ice. The Flyers qualified for the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup and for the play-offs, but did not progress to the finals. With only Danny Stewart and Kyle Haines returning as foreign players for 2015-2016, the squad underwent a major overhaul. The Flyers finished 6th in the league and 2nd in their conference, losing to Braehead Clan on equal points. Fife drew the Clan in the quarter-finals and won a close victory (2-1 at home, 2-2 away after overtime). Their semi-final game against Nottingham Panthers was less successful, with Fife losing by a score of 4-1.

Elite Ice Hockey League record[edit]

Season League Conference Playoff Challenge Cup
2011–12 EIHL 10th Group
2012–13 EIHL 7th Gardiner 2nd QF QF
2013–14 EIHL 7th Gardiner 3rd 4th QF
2014–15 EIHL 8th Gardiner 2nd QF QF
2015–16 EIHL 6th Gardiner 2nd 4th QF

Facts[edit]

First game: October 1, 1938, vs Dundee Tigers

First captain: Les Lovell Snr

First goal scorer: Norman McQuade

Since Fife Flyers entry in to the amateur Scottish Premier Hockey League, they have won 11 out of 12 trophies while recording a new club record of 47 consecutive wins and a 50-game unbeaten run, from September 2006 to April 2007.

The team's longest serving player is Gordon Latto Snr who started playing with Fife Flyers in 1972 and retired in 1998, recording 974 games with a total of 1,265 points.

2016–17 roster[edit]

Goaltenders
Number Player Catches Acquired Place of birth
35 Scotland Craig Douglas L 2015 Kirkcaldy, Scotland
50 Canada Shane Owen L 2016 Shanty Bay, Ontario, Canada
Defencemen
Number Player Shoots Position Acquired Place of Birth
7 Canada Philippe Paquet L D 2015 Quebec, Quebec, Canada
44 Canada Kyle Haines L D 2016 Weyburn, SK, Canada
5 CanadaUnited Kingdom James Isaacs R D 2016 Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
55 Canada Ric Jackman R D 2016 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
4 Scotland Chris Wands R D 2011 Kirkcaldy, Scotland
26 Canada Russ Moyer A L D 2016 North Bay, Ontario, Canada
2 Scotland Thomas Muir R D 2011 Kirkcaldy, Scotland
Forwards
Number Player Shoots Position Acquired Place of birth
19 United States Ryan Dingle C L LW 2015 Steamboat Springs, Colorado, United States
27 United States Shayne Stockton A R C 2015 Rochester, United States
89 Canada Bryan Cameron R C/RW 2017 Brampton, Ontario, Canada
22 CanadaItaly Mathew Sisca L C/LW 2016 Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada
15 Scotland Josh Scoon R RW 2008 Kirkcaldy, Scotland
9 Canada Justin Fox A L F 2015 Whitby, Ontario, Canada
49 Canada Brendan Brooks R C/RW 2016 St Catharines, Ontario, Canada
40 Canada Carlo Finucci L LW 2016 Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
91 Canada Chase Schaber L LW/C 2016 Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
43 Canada Sébastien Thinel A L LW 2016 Saint-Jérôme, Quebec, Canada
10 Scotland Stephen Gunn R F 2011 Kirkcaldy, Scotland
23 Scotland Jamie Wilson L F 2003 Kirkcaldy, Scotland

Retired jersey numbers[edit]

  • 16 Scotland Gordon Latto
  • 17 Canada Mark Morrison
  • 47 Canada Frank Morris
  • 14 – Was considered unlucky and taken out of circulation following a serious eye injury to the British forward Andy Linton and a career-ending injury to the Canadian defenceman Calvert Brown, but has been re-introduced in recent years.

Player records[edit]

All time statistics

Season records

  • Most goals in a season: 108 – Dave Stoyanovich (1984–85)
  • Most assists in a season: 117 – Dave Stoyanovich (1986–87)
  • Most points in a season: 211 – Richard LaPlante (1991–92); 189 – Mark Morrison (1993–94); 188 – Bud Scrutton (1948–49); 185 – Dave Stoyanovich (1984–85) & Chick Mann (1948–49)
  • Most powerplay goals in a season: 38 – Russell Monteith (1999–00)
  • Most shorthanded goals in a season: 13 – Doug Smail (1993–94)
  • Most shut-uuts in a season: 7 – Blair Daly (2006–07); 5 – Roy Reid (1964–65)

Game records (all players)

  • Fastest goal in 1 game: 6 seconds – Les Lovell (1975)
  • Most goals in 1 game: 13 – Dave Stoyanovich (1984)
  • Most assists in 1 game: 13 – Steve Moria (1987)
  • Most points in 1 game: 17 – Richard LaPlante (1991)

Game records (home based players)

  • Most goals in 1 game: 8 – Jimmy Spence (1964); 7 – Les Lovell (1976) & John Haig (1997)
  • Most assists in 1 game: 9 – Gordon Latto(Snr) (1977) & Ally Brennan (1976)
  • Most points in 1 game: 11 – Gordon Latto(Snr), John Taylor & Les Lovell (all 1977) 10 – John Haig & Steven King (1997) 9 – Chic Cottrell (1974)

BIHWA Hall of Fame inductees[edit]

All Star honours[edit]

Player of the Year Trophy[2]

Coach of the Year Trophy[3]

Player's Player of the Year

Netminder of the Year

Ahearne Medal

Rookie of the Year

  • Scotland Chic Cottrell 1970–71

Young Player of the Year

  • Scotland Iain Robertson 1989–90

Notable former players[edit]

Honours[edit]

  • Celtic League Playoffs: 2008–09, 2009–10
  • Celtic League Cup: 2008–09, 2009–10
  • British National League: 1999–00, 2003–04
  • Grand Slam: 1977, 1999–00[clarification needed], 2005–06[clarification needed], 2006–07[clarification needed]
  • British Champions: 1976–77, 1977–78, 1984–85, 1998–99[clarification needed], 1999–00[clarification needed]
  • Scottish Premier Hockey League Champions: 2007–08
  • Scottish Premier League Play-off: 2007–08
  • Northern League Play-off: 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11
  • Northern League Champions: 1976–77, 1977–78, 1996–97, 1997–98, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2010–11
  • Autumn Cup: 1949–50, 1972, 1975, 1976, 2005, 2008
  • Grandstand Trophy: 1964–65, 1966–67
  • Spring Cup: 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77
  • Anderson Trophy: 1938–39, 1946–47, 1948–49, 1949–50
  • Airlie Trophy: 1953–54
  • McPherson Trophy: 1939
  • Silver Jubilee Trophy: 1948
  • Coronation Cup: 1948–49
  • Scottish League: 1939–40, 1948–49, 1949–50, 1963–64, 1990–91, 1995–96, 2005–06, 2006–07
  • Scottish Cup: 1984–85, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10
  • Skol Cup: 1964, 1964–65, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1970–71, 1973–74, 1976–77
  • Scottish Canada Cup: 1949–50
  • STV Trophy: 1964–65
  • Directors Trophy: 1965
  • Cola-Cola Trophy: 1964–65
  • Slapshot Trophy: 1977
  • Evening News Trophy: 1976–77
  • Forth Challenge Trophy: 1983
  • Northumbria Cup: 1976–77
  • Taws Trophy: 1990–91
  • Christmas Cup: 1999–00
  • Caledonia Cup: 2002–03, 2003–04
  • Findus Challenge Cup: 2001–02

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FLYERS ANNOUNCE HUTCHINS AS ASSISTANT COACH". 
  2. ^ "Player of the Year Trophy". Ice Hockey Journalists UK. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 27 May 2007. 
  3. ^ "Coach of the Year Trophy". Ice Hockey Journalists UK. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 27 May 2007. 

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