Monday May 21, 2018

Ian YoungFife Flyers latest signing defenceman Ian Young originates from the city of Red Deer in Alberta, Canada. Red Deer is considerably larger than the town of Kirkcaldy, and it boasts a population of a little more than double that of the Fife town.

Growing up in Canada like most youngsters, Ian grew up on the ice, it was his passion. Taking to the ice at the young age of 4 years old hockey was always his first love. "I grew up in Canada so I started playing hockey when I was 4 years old. Hockey was always my number one passion.

"When I was 11 years old we moved to Texas and at that point I played a little bit of football (American). I was too slow and too small compared to lots of guys so I tried to play quarterback, I learned quickly just to stick to hockey."

In 2008 Young iced with Pikes Peak Minors Under 18 side and played in 55 games that season, scoring just under a point per game as he tallied 53 points (16 goals and 37 assists).

The following season Young split his time between the states Illnois and Texas, as he iced with Chicago Steel in the USHL and the Wichita Fall Wildcats in the NAHL.

Whilst with Chicago in the USHL Young iced in just over half of their games, playing in a total 31 games and going on to tally 14 points (2 goals and 14 assists), before returning to Texas with the Wichita Falls Wildcats in the NAHL. In Wichita Falls, Young iced in 29 games, scoring 2 goals and 6 assists.

The following year, now aged 18, Young returned to Chicago in the USHL icing in 20 games and tallying 10 points (1 goal and 9 assists) before being traded to the Fargo Force where he iced in a further 38 games and scoring 3 goals and 11 assists, taking his 2010/11 points tally to 24 points in 58 games.

In 2011, Young attended Colorado College and admittedly was unsure what he would focus on as his major, in the end opting for Economics. "I explored a few different majors at Colorado but I ended up focusing on Economics.

"Some of the majors required a lot of extra labs that would have conflicted with our practice. I took a few Economics courses and it just felt like a really good fit so I went with it. 

"I loved playing at Colorado. I was fortunate enough to play with a lot of great guys and wouldn't trade my four years there for anything in the world.

"The hockey was a ton of fun and living in Colorado was an amazing experience."

One of those players Ian played with was Jaccob Slavin who has spent the last 2 seasons icing in the NHL with the Carolina Hurricanes. Last season Slavin iced in all 82 of Carolina's regular season games.

During his 4 years playing for the Colorado College Tigers, Young iced in 114 games and tallied 4 goals and 15 assists, whilst recording 52 penalty minutes. 

YIan Youngoung admitted that following his 4 years at Colorado he did contemplate his future as a professional hockey player. "After my time at Colorado I didn't really have a lot of hockey options.

"I thought about quitting and finding a job but Mississippi (Riverkings) called me and it was close to home in Texas so I decided to pursue that option."

During his brief stint in the SPHL with Mississippi, Ian recorded 11 assists in 23 games, an impressive stat that caught the eye of Elmira Jackals head coach Jamie Russell in the ECHL in the January of 2016. Young went on to spend the remainder of the 2015/16 season, icing in 29 games scoring 3 goals and 6 assists.

"Shortly after signing with Mississippi, Elmira (Jackals) called me as they were needing a defenceman, I headed up to New York and ended up spending two seasons there.

Last season Young returned to Elmira Jackals icing in 44 games and scoring 3 goals and 8 assists in what was the Jackals final season in the ECHL.

During his first year in Elmira Young finished the season playing alongside Fife Flyers most recent player of the year winner, Shane Owen, and Young shared that prior to joining Fife he spoke to Shane about the organisation. 

"I didn't know too much about the Elite League. One of my teammates last year, Mike Radja, played in Belfast previously and had a lot of great things to say about the league.

"I also previously played with Shane Owen for a while in my first year in Elmira. He and I chatted and he had nothing but great things to say about the league, the Fife organisation and their fans.

"I was likely going to return to the ECHL this season unless a good opportunity came up in Europe and when Fife got in contact with me it was too great of an opportunity to pass up."

Ian Young picture by Mark Matthews


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