Fife Flyers are delighted to confirm the capture of AHL veteran, forward Jason Pitton. Jason joins Flyers just days after the confirmation of the signing of his brother and netminder, Bryan Pitton. Also returning for the 2012/13 season is young British forward Josh Scoon.
Pitton was drafted by New York Islanders in the NHL 2004 draft in the 8th round and joins Fife having played 187 AHL games, predominantly with NHL New York Islanders affiliate team Bridgeport Sound Tigers. During his 187 games he amassed 38 points and 166 penalty minutes. Pitton has also racked up 102 games in the ECHL whilst registering 67 points and 150 penalty minutes having played for both Utah Grizzlies and Stockton Thunder.
Jason has had previous experience of having played on the same team as his brother Bryan having played with his younger brother at Stockton Thunder during the 2009/10 and 2010/11 ECHL seasons. Pitton is known as a high energy forward with good speed and skill who plays a physical a game and is known for his hard hitting on the ice. However it was not just the opportunity that brought Jason to Flyers.
"The opportunity to play with my brother again in another professional league definitely had a part in me coming to Fife. Aside from Bryan signing here not more then a week before me, I got good feed back from my agent who spoke with coach Todd and the team and I was very happy with how interested they were in me being a big part of the team this year. Playing with Bryan will just be an added bonus for what will be a great situation from myself.
"I know a few players who have played in the Elite league and I've only heard good things. I'm excited for the season and to meet the whole Fife Flyers family." Jason said.
Player/coach Todd Dutiaume was delighted to confirm his latest addition to the 2012/13 roster “When we initially enquired about Bryan it was at that point Jason we were made aware of the possibility of Jason signing with us and we were also working on a deal to bring both guys to Fife. Jason has a pedigree which speaks for itself and we are really excited about what he will bring to the team this season.
"Jason is not being brought in to be an enforcer because as we have built this team for this season we have had an eye on the whole picture. We feel we have a team full of toughness and all the guys will be more than willing to stick up for a team mate."
Also returning for the 2012/13 season is 20 year old Josh Scoon. Scoon dressed for 59 of Flyers games in their inaugural Elite League season and will be looking to play a bigger part this coming season.
Scoon confirmed his delight at returning for the new season. "I'm really happy to have signed at Fife again for the upcoming season. I've played my whole life at Fife and to be able to continue to do so in such a high profile league is a great honour. I'm looking forward to the season starting and hope to continue to improve myself as a player and to help the team in every way possible. The preparation has been really good this year and I think we can progress and become a competitive force in the Elite League, which is where the Flyers belong."
Dutiaume said about Scoon's return "I can't say enough about Scoony's attitude, I have said it several times, the guy is a very coachable hockey player, if you have something to say to him he takes it on board and does it. Josh has worked really hard this off-season and we fully expect him to be going out and making myself and Danny take notice of what he can do. Josh is becoming the player we always knew he could be and is starting to realise his potential. Josh is a guy we want in our current line up and a guy we want around for the future."
Flyers take to the ice on the 1st & 2nd of September in the 1st Scottish Autumn Cup being held at Fife Ice Arena, with Flyers first game being at 8pm on Saturday 1st.