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Evan BloodoffFlyers new signing Evan Bloodoff (pronounced blued-off) grew up in the shadows of the Selkirk Mountains in the small town of Castlegar in British Colombia. 

The town's Collegiate hockey team is the Selkirk College Saints of the BCIHL, who, as of 2016, are 4 time defending league champions. The Castlegar Rebels of the KIJHL are the city's Junior "B" level hockey team.

Growing up, Bloodoff iced with his local side Castlegar Rebels before signing with Kelwona Rockets in the WHL. "I started playing hockey around about 5 or 6 but it wasn't something I thought I would make a career from until I was in juniors."

In 2009 Bloodoff was part of a side that was packed with talent, including would-be future NHLers Mikael Backlund, Tyson Barrie, Jamie Benn and Tyler Myers, as well as Evan's older brother Lucas. In 2009 Evan was a member of that group that went on to be crowned WHL champions.

Felowna captured the Ed Chynoweth Cup with a 4–2 WHL championship series win over the Calgary Hitmen.

Bloodoff enjoyed 5 seasons with the Rockets, during his time in the WHL he iced in 327 games and scored 61 goals and 57 assists.

Bloodoff signed a two year American Hockey League contract with the Portland (Maine) Pirates. The Pirates were theEvan Bloodoff AHL affiliate of the Arizona Coyotes who drafted Bloodoff in the 6th round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Bloodoff earned the contract after an excellent camp with the Coyotes, which included scoring a goal in a NHL exhibition game.

In 2011, Evan started his rookie season with Portland Pirates in the AHL and went on to ice in 48 games, scoring 6 goals and 2 assists. That season Bloodoff iced with Cardiff Devil's defenceman Mark Louis. "It was a big step going straight to AHL from juniors but I learned a lot from my experience in Portland."

The following year Bloodoff split his time between Portland Pirates in the AHL and Gwinnett (now Atlanta) Gladiators. That season Bloodoff iced in 52  ECHL games on his way to scoring 20 goals and 18 assists, helping the Gladiators to 3rd place finish in the Eastern Conference. Evan spent a little under a year in Atlanta, icing alongside another Cardiff Devil, Joey Haddad.

In March of 2014 Florida Everblades made a move to sign up Bloodoff when they identify Evan's speed and shot as an assist they wanted on their roster.

In the remaining 15 games of the 2013/14 season, Bloodoff went on to score 7 goals and 2 assists playing alongside Sheffield Steelers' Mathieu Roy.

Bloodoff enjoyed 3 further season in the Sunshine State with the Everblades, playing alongside Matt Marquardt for part of that time. In his first full season in Florida, Bloodoff and his teammates were crowned Eastern Conference champions after recording a 49-16-7 record on their way to a 105 point season. Bloodoff registered his second 20 goal season that year after scoring 20 goals and 12 assists in 48 games.

Evan BloodoffDuring the 2015/16 season, Bloodoff and his Everblades side were pipped by South Carolina Stingrays for a consecutive conference championship. Bloodoff iced in 37 games, scoring 9 goals and 15 assists.

Last season, Evan started the year with Florida icing in 36 games and scoring 8 goals and 8 assists but was later traded to Reading Royals and went on to ice in 7 games for the Royals.

After 6 years playing in the AHL and ECHL, Bloodoff discussed the reasons behind coming to Europe with the Flyers. "I have actually wanted to come over for a couple years now, I was just sidelined with injuries.

"To be honest, I don't know a lot about Fife but I did ask around and got nothing but positive feedback, right from the organisation to the fan support, it was an easy decision for me."

Having iced with former Coventry Blaze forward Matt Marquardt and Cardiff Devils forward Joey Haddad, Bloodoff admitted he spoke to both about getting to know the Elite Ice Hockey League, and Fife.

"Matt and I were teammates in Florida for a couple years and still talk almost everyday and I lived with Joey Haddad for a season in Gwinnett.

"They are great guys and spoke to a few of them about the league which helped with my decision in moving from North America."

2017/18 EIHL LEAGUE STANDINGS

Team GP Pts
Belfast Giants Belfast 0 0
Braehead Clan Braehead 0 0
Cardiff Devils Cardiff 0 0
Coventry Blaze Coventry 0 0
Dundee Stars Dundee 0 0
Edinburgh Capitals Edinburgh 0 0
Fife Flyers Fife 0 0
Guilford Flames Guildford 0 0
Manchester Manchester 0 0
MK Lightning MK 0 0
Nottingham Panthers Nottingham 0 0
Sheffield Steelers Sheffield 0 0
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