Sunday September 15, 2019

Danick GauthierFife Flyers latest signing Danick Gauthier, 25, is one fans will love to watch ice in Fife Ice Arena.

Fife fans are known for their love of a physical, high energy player and Gauthier describes himself exactly as that "I am definitely a two way player. I like to be involved in every aspect of the game.

"I would say I’m a physical player with skills and I don’t shy away when the game gets rough. I've never modelled myself over another player, even when I was young. I get inspired by different athletes but not necessarily hockey players."

Gauthier is a high energy player and that is evident going back to his days playing in the QMJHL with Saint John Sea Dogs. Gauthier stands at 6'2" and weighs 209lbs and as well as his size Gauthier has proven to be a dominant scorer throughout his hockey career.

After being acquired in a trade from Shawinigan in 2008-09, Danick Gauthier went on to ice in 66 games for the Saint John Sea Dogs in his first full QMJHL season. He scored 13 goals with 9 assists. That season the Sea Dogs had the QMJHL’s best record, losing just 12 games and finishing first in the Atlantic Division, but lost in the league finals to Atlantic Division runner-up Moncton. Gauthier scored 6 goals with 4 assists in 21 playoff games.

"Playing for St-John was a great experience. I was surrounded by so many talented players and everyone was complementing each other.  Gauthier1

learned so much during these years. You don't often get a chance to be part of a team like that in your hockey career. The fact that we went to the Memorial Cup Final two times and won it in 2011 taught me how good it feels to win.

"Our coaches at the time, Gerard Gallant and Mike Kelly, were constantly asking for more. They pushed us hard and made us understand every game was important.

"I remember in 2009, we won 22 games in a row! It made me realise the game is not only about talent but about hard work and chemistry between the players and the coaches.

"For me, the Seadogs felt like a family. I felt that way with the Tampa Bay farm team in Syracuse (AHL) as well and a lot of these guys are playing in the NHL now. Those teams were good hockey schools for me."

During his 2010/11 season, Gauthier was part of the Saint John's team that won 58 of 68 games, captured the QMJHL playoff title, and won the Memorial Cup, Gauthier was a solid two-way forward for the Sea Dogs. In 83 games he scored 14 goals and 20 assists. Gauthier and the Sea Dogs defeated Mississauga in the Memorial Cup final.

In 2011, Gauthier attended the Phoenix (now Arizona) Coyotes development camp before returning to Saint John where he led the team in point, scoring 47 goals and 39 assists. During the 2011/12 season the Sea Dogs were the league’s dominant team; winning the regular season and playoff titles. Gauthier scored 13 goals with 8 assists in 17 playoff games.

In March of 2012, Tampa Bay Lightning's General Manager Steve Yzerman signed Gauthier to a 3 year contract.

Danick GauthierDuring Gauthier's first professional playing year he iced with Tampa Bay Lightning’s AHL affiliate, Syracuse Crunch playing in 38 games for the Crunch and also icing in five games for the ECHL’s Florida Everblades. Gauthier scored 5 goals with 5 assists for Syracuse. That season Gauthier was part of the Syracuse team that finished first in the Eastern Conference East Division.

In his second pro season Gauthier split his time between Syracuse and Florida. In 19 AHL games for the Crunch he scored 3 goals with 4 assists. In Florida Gauthier scored 5 goals with 12 assists in 30 ECHL games with the Everblades.

Gauthier started the 2014/15 season with Syracuse and Florida but was loaned to Wichita Thunder in November 2014 and went on to lead the team in scoring after reaching 29 goals and 39 assists. That season, Danick was picked to be part of the ECHL All Star game hosted in Orlando, Florida.

Gauthier has spent his 5 year professional career in North America so far, but he admitted that he was looking for a new challenge and sees Fife as the right place for that. "I felt like I had come full circle. I’ve been playing hockey professionally for 5 years now."

"I needed a change and I always knew I was gonna try to play in Europe one day.  Over the last years I’ve been with different professional hockey organisations. Some were great some were more challenging. I felt that is was time for me to put the emphasis on my career, to ground myself somewhere. I’m still young I have so much to offer. I love playing hockey, I want to play hockey as long as I can.

"I knew a bit about Fife because a friend of our family played for them and really enjoyed his time in Kirkcaldy.

"He told me it was a great team, great organisation and also a great community." That family friend is none other than Flyers legend Mark Morrison. "Mark knew I was interested in playing in Europe and he told me how great his experience was with the Flyers. He loved Kirkcaldy. That made a big difference in my decision."

Danick GauthierLast season Danick started the season with Norfolk Admirals in the ECHL, however in November he was traded to Tulsa Oilers going on to ice in 55 games scoring 10 goals and 10 assists, earning himself a call-up to the Manitoba Moose in the AHL, playing for Mark Morrison.

"Europe has been something I’ve always been interested in, but I wanted to sign with the right team. I finished my last season with the Winnipeg Moose in the AHL and it reminded me how good it felt to play with guys who really care about hockey.

"I’m hopeful that my (Scotland) experience with Fife will bring that good feeling as well. Only time will tell, all I know is; I will give my best efforts for the team."


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