Fife Flyers are pleased to confirm their final import for the 2012/13 Rapid Solicitors Elite Ice Hockey League with the signing of forward Kris Hogg, a Calgary Flames in the 4th round 2004 NHL draft, who played last season with the Missouri Mavericks in the CHL.
During his college career at Lakehead University Hogg, 5-foot-11, averaged over a point per game with 106 points (50-56=106) in 104 games played. Prior to playing at Lakehead, Hogg competed for five seasons in the Western Hockey League (WHL). He had a career year with the Lethbridge Hurricanes in his last season in the WHL when he had 69 points (39+30=69) in 70 games played and 131 penalty minutes. In total, he played in 339 games and had 194 points (106+88=194) and 495 penalty minutes.
During his rookie 2011/12 season, Hogg was awarded the CHL Rookie of the Month Award for November and went on to register 24 points (13 goals + 11 assists) over the season, finishing with a +16 rating. Hogg also iced with new Flyers defenceman Zach Carriveau at Missouri Mavericks last season.
Assistant coach Danny Stewart was delighted to confirm his final import "We have had nothing but great references back about Kris. He is a player who can play in all 3 zones, he is a hard crafter and he can put the puck in the back of the net.
"Kris’ scoring recorded in the juniors was fantastic and he continued that great record at Lakehead University which is a tough level to have the sort of record he has from his time there.
“Kris had a really strong rookie season last year at Missouri and was one of their best players on the team. He took a bit of an injury that had him out for a while last season and just as he got over that he came down with really bad tonsillitis, but when he did get back on the ice he had a really strong return and was one of the Mavericks best players during their play-off run.”
Stewart confirmed that the signing of Hogg is another perfect fit for the Flyers’ dressing room as he is a player who will put his team first. “Kris is a good solid team guy who puts his team first and those are the guys we wanted to bring in this season after the problems last season. Kris is aware of the tradition of this organisation and respects the club and has already said he would be willing to do anything for them.”
Hogg confirmed his excitement at joining the Flyers’ in their 75th anniversary season. “I am very excited to be joining the Fife Flyers organisation. It is an organisation with a rich history and a great fan base, I have heard nothing but good things about the fans, management and organisation as well as the entire EIHL. It has always been a goal of mine to play in Europe, and with all the talks I have had with management, signing with the Fife Flyers is a great opportunity for me. All of the management team in Fife have worked hard all summer to build an extremely competitive team with character players, and I’m looking forward to joining my teammates in the coming week”.
Fife Flyers hit the ice for their first game this Saturday, 1st September, when Fife Ice Arena hosts the inaugural Scottish Autumn Cup. Braehead Clan play Dundee Stars in game 1 at 5pm with Flyers taking on Edinburgh Capitals at 8pm. The winners of each game face each other in the final at 8pm on Sunday, with the 3rd/4th place teams competing at 5pm.