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Fife Flyers coach Todd Dutiaume believes the Scottish Elite Cup can be a staple part of the fixtures calendar in years to come.

The Kirkcaldy men will face Dundee Stars in Saturday’s semi-final at Murrayfield in Edinburgh as the four Scottish teams meet ahead of the new league campaign.

And Dutiaume says he’s seeing progress in his team following their exhibition double headers against Kassel Huskies and Herlev Eagles in the last couple of weeks.

“I really hope the tournament becomes a staple in the fixtures calendar and it’s a great pre-season tournament to get all four sets of fans together,” the Fife coach said.

“It’s also a good weekend and we can showcase the division in this league, plus it also gives a taster of what to expect over the upcoming season.

“It’s useful for giving the guys a chance to hone themselves ahead of the season so it’s one I hope will be successful for everyone involved.

“For us, it’s been a little different for us in pre-season as we’re usually playing a couple of games then straight into the league season.

“But we have three weekends of games to get our team ready and it’s been something of a novelty for us. So far it’s been well received by the players.

“I’ve definitely saw signs of what we would expect over the last two weeks. I’ve said I thought we were sloppy at times, but this is big ice we’ll play in and it’s important they get accustomed to it.”

Dutiaume sees the benefit of the weekend as he gets the chance to weigh up the opposition he’ll get to face in the Gardiner Conference this season.

But looking ahead to facing the Stars in Saturday’s opener, it’s reopens a keenly fought rivalry between the teams and the Flyers coach expects Dundee to work hard for their coach.

He added: “This weekend will allow us to size up the other teams as we’ll be playing them in our Conference. It’ll be good to see how we measure up against them and I’m sure they’ll be hard fought.

“We’re also looking to find our intensity before our Challenge Cup games with Edinburgh and Dundee the following week.

“The Stars are a hard working team and posted a big result on Saturday against Belfast. In Omar Pacha, they have a coach that’s well respected around the league.

“They’ll work hard for him and are not a team that’s going to go away and once again, the rivalry between the two teams will intensify this weekend.”

2017/18 EIHL LEAGUE STANDINGS

TeamGPPts
Manchester Manchester 17 24
Nottingham Panthers Nottingham 15 24
Belfast Giants Belfast 18 21
Sheffield Steelers Sheffield 17 21
MK Lightning MK 18 19
Fife Flyers Fife 13 18
Cardiff Devils Cardiff 14 18
Coventry Blaze Coventry 16 18
Braehead Clan Braehead 16 15
Guilford Flames Guildford 15 15
Dundee Stars Dundee 16 13
Edinburgh Capitals Edinburgh 15 2
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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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