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 are the oldest professional ice hockey club in the UK, established in 1938. The Flyers play their home games at Fife Ice Arena, Kirkcaldy which has a capacity of just under 3400 (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 top players from the UK, Europe and North America. They joined the EIHL in 2011. The current Head Coach is Canadian Todd Dutiaume who, from the 2016-17 season, is assisted by Jeff Hutchins.[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. Flyers found the going tough in their first season back in British ice hockey's top flight. A combination of icing far less imports[clarification needed] and the relative inexperience of the British contingent resulted in Flyers missing the playoffs and finishing in last place.

Despite this, there were positives to take from their first season in the EIHL. The British contingent gained experience. The team, led by key players Casey Haines, Derek Keller and Bryan Pitton were almost unbeatable at home, but struggled to win in away games. They finished the league in 7th place which was a net 8th for the playoffs given the conference winners Hull had finished in 8th spot in the league but by virtue of winning the conference, they were seeded 2nd.[clarification needed] Fife went on to play the eventual treble, beating Nottingham Panthers over two hotly contested legs, winning 4–2 at home before losing an agonising 3–0 in Nottingham and bowing out of the years playoffs. Controversial refereeing calls also hampered their playoff campaign.[citation needed]

2013–14 brought renewed vigour to the team. Another squad overhaul saw only 2 returning imports[clarification needed] from the previous year, with Bobby Chaumont and Danny Stewart returning. The start of the season was poor and continued through the winter. Changes were made in February and the team's form improved significantly. The ensuing successful run allowed them to gain entry to the playoffs in the very last game of the season. They then defeated fierce rivals and Gardiner Conference champions, the Dundee Stars 8–4 on aggregate and made the Final Four playoff finals in Nottingham. The semi-final, against runaway league winners Belfast Giants was a fiercely contested match but the Giants went on to win 1–0.

2014–15 was a mixed season for the Flyers, with many players from the previous season returning. They qualified for the quarter final of the Challenge Cup and playoffs but didn't progress to the finals.

With only Danny Stewart and Kyle Haines as returning imports,[clarification needed] the squad had a major overhaul for the 2015–16 season. Flyers finished 6th in the leaguea nd 2nd in the conference, losing out on the final day to Braehead Clan on equal points. Fife drew the Clan in the quarter finals, and won (2–1 at home, 2–2 away after OT).

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 whilst recording a new club record of 47 consecutive wins and a 50-game unbeaten run, which stretched from September 2006 to April 2007.

The teams longest serving player is Gordon Latto(Snr) who started playing with Fife Flyers in 1972, and retired in 1998, recording 974 games with a points total of 1265pts.

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, ON, Canada
Defencemen
Number Player Shoots Position Acquired Place of Birth
6 CanadaUnited Kingdom James Isaacs R D 2016 Victoria, BC, Canada
7 Canada Philippe Paquet L D 2015 Quebec, QC, Canada
14 Czech Republic David Turon R D 2016 Havirov, Czech Republic
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 (road and challenge cup games only) R C 2015 Rochester, United States
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, BC, Canada
91 Canada Chase Schaber L LW/C 2016 Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
43 Canada Sébastien Thinel A (home games only) L LW 2016 Saint-Jérôme, QC, 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 British forward Andy Linton and a career-ending injury to 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-Outs 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 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-05-27. 
  3. ^ "Coach of the Year Trophy". Ice Hockey Journalists UK. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-05-27. 

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