Fife Flyers are pleased to confirm the signing of 2 highly talented players with the capture of starting netminder Bryan Pitton, 24, and British forward Steven McAlpine, 22. Netminder Pitton was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in 5th round of the 2006 NHL draft.
Forward McAlpine returns to Fife having spent his entire hockey career only in a Flyers jersey and he was a player that coach Todd Dutiaume was pleased to have return to the team. McAlpine played in 59 games in his debut Elite League season last campaign and was highly praised by many for his work ethic and commitment he brought to the ice.
“Steven has only ever played hockey in a Flyers jerseys and bringing on local players is hugely important to us all involved with this organisation. He has a tremendous work ethic and his tenacity on the ice is unbelievable, from his first game last season he was out fore-checking and throwing his body about and led by example when he was out on the ice.” Dutiaume said about McAlpine.
“Steven showed that he made a positive move coming out of the SNL and it putting up numbers wasn’t needed to show he could make an impact in this league. This season though Steven and I have spoken and we both expect him to be putting up production in front of the net and not be content with just getting a shot on goal, we want him to start putting them in the net more often, but at the same time we do not want to sacrifice his physical side of the game.”
Joining McAlpine will be starting netminder Bryan Pitton who last season played with the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL where he started 37 games posting a .895 save percentage and 3.44 goals against average. Pitton has played 127 games during his 4 years in the ECHL and boasts an impressive 3.145 goals against average over those games with a save percentage of .901.
Pitton has also earned himself call up’s to the Edmonton Oiler affiliate AHL team’s Springfield Falcons and the Oklahoma City Barons and played 17 games in the AHL recording a .835 save percentage during his time and 4.22 goals against average.
“Bryan’s pedigree speaks for itself, he is an Edmonton Oilers draft pick and been called up to play in the AHL on more than one occasion and played a good number of games in the AHL, not to mention his 127 games in the ECHL.
“We done our due diligence checking out references about Bryan but the one thing that really got us interested in him was just listening to him talk about his passion for the game and his enthusiasm. He wants a big long future in the game and is a tremendous professional who will be a fantastic asset to this organisation.
“Bryan is the final piece in our puzzle to what we feel is a very good defence and his signing solidifies an already strong defence. We are not asking Bryan to come in and replace Garrett who done a fantastic job for us and was a big favourite amongst our fans, Bryan is a very different type of netminder and will bring his own flavour and quietly go about his game.” Dutiaume added.
With the roster nearing completion Todd Dutiaume also confirmed he has offers out to 2 final import forwards and hopes to make an announcement very soon regarding the final 2 import slots. Dutiaume also confirmed that he expects to have his full team in town ahead of the Scottish Autumn Cup being held at Fife Ice Arena on 1st and 2nd September. Tickets can be bought online at www.fifeflyers.co.uk.