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Flyers confirm bench leadership roles, add to front office staff

The Fife Flyers Ice Hockey Club are pleased to confirm the return of Coaching, Operations and Front Office staff for the upcoming 2022-2023 season. After receiving feedback from fans and community stakeholders, the organisation spent the past weeks reflecting and re-aligning roles to ensure a solid foundation for the future of the Club.

Todd Dutiaume will return in a new role as General Manager and remain as Head Coach. In his 26th year with the club, Dutiaume will stay on as a presence behind the Flyers' bench, however, increase his efforts in the Business Operations and Front Office side - utilising his hockey knowledge and history with the Flyers organisation to lead the Club toward short and long-term goals.

Jeff Hutchins also returns to the Flyers, this year as Associate Coach. In his enhanced role, Hutchins will have an increased voice behind the bench and an expanded role in the day-to-day operations of the team. Hutchins will also provide increased support in the Flyers' ongoing recruiting efforts. This will be the seventh season behind the bench for this coaching tandem.

Supporting Dutiaume, Hutchins and the 2022-2023 players will be Equipment Manager, Mike Hildenbrand. Mike will return from Ontario, Canada for his second season with the Flyers and look to continue as an influential support system for the on-ice team.

"It is exciting to be looking forward and the changes we are undertaking as an organisation will only benefit the Club on and off the ice," said Associate Coach, Jeff Hutchins. "Recruitment of the team is well underway, we are focused on bringing in good people, good players, and individuals that will energise FIA and the game night experience. Exciting times, stay tuned."

With General Manager, Todd Dutiaume's leadership, the front office staff will begin to enhance community partnerships, increase team visibility, and strengthen Club communications to fans and stakeholders. Dutiaume recognised the importance of reviewing feedback and re-organising the structure of the business before making announcements. To date, much of this work has been done behind the scenes.

A new addition to the front office staff, Catie Hildenbrand has joined the team as the volunteer Business Development & Partnerships Manager. She will work to raise the Club's profile locally, create open lines of communication between the organisation and its' stakeholders, and build the loyal Fife Flyers fanbase. Catie brings over 10 years of business management, marketing and communications experience to this new position.

Carol Johnstone will continue to develop Fife Flyers' commercial portfolio, with sponsors and partners in her role as Commercial Manager. Carol looks forward to securing key investments and building on sponsorship growth through marketing opportunities and initiatives, increasing exposure for the Club and its associates.

Pam Clark also returns to the front office staff as the organisation's Finance & Merchandise Manager. A longstanding member of the Administrative Team, Pam will bring her knowledge and expertise to provide support to the Club and offer new and exciting opportunities for Flyers fans to show their support.

Evelyn Cairns will also continue her role in Sales and Public Relations. A valued member of the Club and well known to Flyers supporters, Evelyn will be on hand for ticketing assistance and to field inquiries from the community.

"I'm excited to get back to work and take the lead in this new role," comments General Manager and Head Coach, Todd Dutiaume. "We've spent the necessary time to evaluate who we are as a Club and the direction we wish to move towards in the future. This is an opportunity to make fundamental changes to the way we operate both on and off the ice. The short-term goal is to alter the way we communicate, improve the overall match night experience for all, strengthen our ties to the community, and place a product on the ice that appeals to our loyal support. With that in place, we will continuously strive to build and add layers to the Club as the season moves forward and in future years."

With these role re-alignments, the Fife Flyers look forward to starting a new chapter for the Club - both on the ice and off. This will include an increased focus on information sharing and transparency with the community. As an organisation rooted in the local community, the team relies on the support of, and engagement with their fans and supporters for success. In its 84th year, the Fife Flyers Ice Hockey Club are unified in this approach and now look to the fans to share their love for the team and continue their incredible support throughout the upcoming season.

2022-2023 fixtures are set to be announced in early July and will include special games and promotions for fans. Player signings are progressing, and the team will be poised to reveal returning players, local and import signings in the coming days.




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