Friday November 22, 2019

Russ Moyer, EIHL Player of the Week

Fife Flyers defenceman Russ Moyer has been named the Elite League’s Player of the Week award for week ending 1st April 2018.Fife Flyers defenceman Russ Moyer has been named the Elite League’s Player of the Week award for week ending 1st April 2018.

The 35-year-old played a big part as the Kirkcaldy side booked their place in the PredictorBet Play-off Finals weekend when they overcame Manchester Storm over two legs.

And the former Sheffield Steelers D-man spoke of his delight and surprise and gave credit to his team-mates for their part in this accolade.

“I’m quite surprised, but it’s nice to be recognised,” Moyer said.  “With the amount of effort everyone put in at the weekend, I wouldn’t have been in consideration so it’s the culmination of a great weekend.

“We were disappointed at how Saturday turned out and felt the scoreline wasn’t a reflection of how we played.

“All season, we’ve been resilient and knew, going to Manchester, we had to go out and win the three periods by at least a goal and that’s what we did.

“It was a brilliant result and a crazy 24 hours of ups and downs.

“I feel like we can beat any team on any night and this tournament format suits us.  Coming off a win like that, there’s a lot of confidence going into the game with Cardiff on Saturday.

“We’re ready for them and I’m sure it will be a very competitive game.”

This weekend will see the experienced Canadian make his first appearance in the final four weekend in his three years playing in the UK.

Although Moyer was part of the Sheffield Steelers team that won the Elite League in 2015/16, they failed to reach the play-off finals that year after losing to Coventry Blaze in the last eight.

Last year, they were beaten by Belfast Giants in the quarter finals, but have gone one step further after Saturday’s 4-1 loss to the Storm was overturned with a 5-1 away win, taking the tie in overtime.

Flyers assistant coach Jeff Hutchins hailed the contribution of Moyer after such a successful weekend and highlighted his role for the team.
Hutchins said: “Russ has been a mainstay of our team in the last couple of seasons and he was a player who led by example over the weekend.

“While we’ve had a younger team than previous seasons, Russ gives us the experience in the defensive zones to help balance that.

“He played a key role in turning a losing position into a winning one and his positivity was huge for us in a big weekend.”


Sheffield Steelers Sheffield 14 18
Belfast Giants Belfast 11 18
Glasgow Clan Glasgow 12 17
Cardiff Devils Cardiff 10 14
Coventry Blaze Coventry 13 14
Fife Flyers Fife 13 13
Guilford Flames Guildford 12 12
Nottingham Panthers Nottingham 13 11
Dundee Stars Dundee 15 7
Manchester Manchester 11 7
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