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The Fife Flyers have some work to do. The 2019-20 season did not work out as hoped, finishing the season 15-30-4 for a total of 34 points and finishing last placed before the season was cancelled. How will they turn that around and be a force once again?
Experienced coach and roster changes.Coach Todd dutiaume returns for his 17th season with the Flyers. During the time with Dutiaume behind the bench the team has 4 Autumn Cups and 3 EIHL cups. Not only is he a successful coach he was at one time one of the best players in Flyers history. Dutiaume ranks 5th in points for flyers., recording 249 goals and 299 assists for 538 points in 395 games.
Founded in 1938, oldest team in United Kingdom, the Flyers continue to showcase talent and vey time in the ice. That is no different for the 2021-22 season but with a new season comes new responsibilities.
The players counted on this season remains a team goal but these players could be counted on a little more to move the team back into playoff contention.Goaltender Andrew Little is only 24 years old but bring experience between the pipes. Mostly seen as a backup goaltender he has done well in limited action.
In the 2018-19 season in which he played only 3 games he has a inflated goals-against-average of 14.16, far higher than a ply other season he has played.
The 6-foot-0 and 157 pound net minder is not the biggest goalie in the world but he makes up for lack of size with his rebound control and poise. He never gives up on a play and is always ready to make that next save. If Shane Owens falters in the Flyer net Little could provide a spark with outstanding play.LEft winger Matt Carter, 34 years old, has seen his fair share of cities around the world.
The 6-foot-2 and 207 pounder has produced in every league he’s played in and for every team he has suited up for. During the 2019-20 season he suited up for 4 teams and produced 16 goals and 16 assists for 32 points in 35 games. An all-around player he gets the job done, even at his age. What doesn’t get noticed is his work ethic and drive to win another championship.
He last won a championship with the EIHL Nottingham Panthers, winning the Continental Cup during the 2016-17 season. He will be counted on once again with the Flyers to produce offense and bring experience to the club.Defenseman Kristian Blumenschein, 24 yearsold, has a bright hockey future. The 5-foot-10 and 168 pound blue liner last played in the 2019-20 season with Colorado college of the NCAA. He recorded 1 goal and 4 assists for 5 points in 21 games. He will be counted on to play solid defense and contribute offense when he sees fit. An all- around defenseman he is a steady 200 foot player who can use his speed to join the rush or get back in his own zone.
He is also a 2015-16 BCHL champion and 2015-16 RBC Cup Champion with the West Kelowna Warriors of the BCHL.The Flyers bring into the 2021-22 season a group of players who are ready to take the Flyers to another championship. Along with Dutiaume behind the bench this team is locked and loaded with focus on a deep playoff run.
They are out to surprise a few teams and make some noise while keeping their eye on the prize. Take notice as they could very well push up the standing and just make that run to another title.