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Todd Dutiaume

Fife Flyers head coach Todd Dutiaume understands the frustrations fans are feeling right now with the lack of signings announced however he has confirmed that the club are close to sealing several key returning targets.

Speaking from Canada, Dutiaume hopes to finalise a number of his key targets soon and is aware the fans want news as soon as deals are finalised.

"Since before the season finished we identified a core of this group we wanted back. Talks have been intensive and prolonged.

"As you can imagine players want an increase in wages, other teams paid much closer attention to our guys after our successful year and of course I must live with our means. I wish I had more to report however I can assure you that we've been extremely busy with negotiations and I'm pleased with how they are coming along.

"We are right there on a number of key guys however nothing is done until the contracts are signed and back. We found that out the hard way once this summer already."

Dutiaume makes reference to the loss of last season's first year pro forward Liam Heelis, who earlier this week signed with Gardiner Conference rivals Braehead Clan. Despite the setback Dutiaume, and his assistant coach Jeff Hutchins, know the direction they want to take the team for the 2018/19 Elite Ice Hockey League season.

"Once again we want to put a team together that reflects our community and give our loyal support the feeling we intend to build upon last season's accomplishments. There is no written formula other than recruiting good people and solid hockey players."

The 2017/18 Elite Ice Hockey League season saw youngsters Chad Smith and Reece Cochrane make the step up to the senior set up and gained valuable experience with the first team in their first full season with the Flyers.

Chad Smith is currently playing down under in the Australian Ice Hockey League with Sydney Bears, whilst Cochrane won an Under 18's World Junior gold medal championship, and Dutiaume hopes to be able to continue to bring through more young talent. "Part of my job is to develop local talent. It's been incredibly tough with the current import quota although we have a number of young players who continue to train with us full time.

"My boss has been quite clear about this. He expects young players to have the opportunity to play and develop on a Flyers top.

"Jeff and I have spoken to all of our young players and explained the developmental process. Part of that requires them to improve their strength and conditioning drastically. We will be asking them to push themselves harder than they ever have before (with our support). We want these youngsters to achieve their goals."

Flyers take on Danish, German and English opposition this pre-season. The 2018/19 pre-season schedule can be found below, ticket information will be announced soon.

4 Nations Showcase Games & Times:

  • Wed 22nd Aug - Manchester Storm vs Fife Flyers - 19:30
  • Sat 25th Aug – Fife Flyers vs Aalborg Pirates - 19:15
  • Sun 26th Aug – Fife Flyers vs Odense Bulldogs - 18:30
  • Wed 29th Aug - Fife Flyers vs Manchester Storm - 19:30
  • Sat 1st Sept – Fife Flyers vs Eispiraten Crimmitschau - 19:15
  • Sun 2nd Sept – Fife Flyers vs Tölzer Löwen - 18:30

2018/19 EIHL LEAGUE STANDINGS

TeamGPPts
Belfast Giants Belfast 19 30
Fife Flyers Fife 17 26
Nottingham Panthers Nottingham 20 24
Cardiff Devils Cardiff 15 21
Guilford Flames Guildford 15 18
Coventry Blaze Coventry 15 18
Sheffield Steelers Sheffield 20 18
Glasgow Clan Glasgow 17 17
Manchester Manchester 17 15
Dundee Stars Dundee 16 11
MK Lightning MK 17 10
  2018/19 Standings  

Elite Ice Hockey League

The Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) is a professional ice hockey league in the United Kingdom formed in 2003. The league currently consists of 12 teams, with Braehead (SCO), Belfast (NIR), Cardiff (WAL), Coventry (ENG), Dundee (SCO), Edinburgh (SCO), Fife (SCO), Guildford (ENG), Manchester (ENG), Milton Keynes (ENG), Nottingham (ENG) and Sheffield (ENG).

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The Fife Flyers, established in 1938, are the oldest professional ice hockey team in the United Kingdom. The team has a history of success through the ages, with over 60 Scottish and British cups and titles to their name.

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