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Fife Flyers added to their roster last week with the return of young British forwards Jordan Buesa and Chad Smith, as well as the new addition of Birmingham born defenceman Sam Jones.

Buesa enters his 2nd season under Todd Dutiaume having made the switch last season to Fife having previously iced with the Braehead Clan the 2 seasons prior to that. In 2018 Buesa, was a member of the Team GB under 18's who secured Gold in Tallin, Estonia.

The 19-year-old played in 45 games for the Flyers last season, scoring 3 goals & 1 assist. In April 2019 Buesa also played on the GB U20 side at the World Junior Championships where he scored 5 goals & 2 assists from 5 games on the way to winning a bronze medal alongside returning Flyers forward Chad Smith.

Chad Smith was named an alternate captain at this years Under 20's world championships in Estonia. The Kirkcaldy native first joined the Flyers back in 2017/18, making this his third season with the club. Last season Smith played in 54 games for the Flyers, 2 for the Kirkcaldy Kestrels (SNL) and was part of the GB U20 team at the World Junior Championships, where he scored 3 goals and 2 assists from 5 games picking up a bronze medal.

Head coach Todd Dutiaume is pleased to have secured both their services for the season ahead. "It was important to ensure that we retained both Jordan and Chad for the upcoming season. Continuing their development is crucial and a summer of intense workouts will transfer into more ice time in the EIHL. They are both good team guys and well liked in the dressing room.

"Playing and competing in the Elite League will be crucial to a potential call up in the future to the GB senior squad. Off ice it is of the upmost importance that they work harder than ever in the upcoming years. Playing for GB at any level is an incredible honour and the boys should be very proud of their accomplishments so far."

Joining Jordan and Chad this season is 21 year old British defenceman Sam Jones, who last season iced with the Swindon Wildcats in the NIHL 1. Jones iced in 38 of Swindon's 42 league games scoring 15 goals and 15 assists on the way to helping Aaron Nell's side to the NIHL South 1 league title.

Speaking of the new arrival Dutiaume said the following about Jones, "Jeff (Hutchins, assistant coach) was initially contacted by a former coach that believed Sam has the ingredients to be successful in this league. After inquiring and much discussion the decision was made to bring him in once we knew a few of our Brits had decided to move down south.

"We will allow Sam to adjust to the pace of our league in training camp and early in the season. We believe he is capable of logging minutes on a regular basis."

2019/20 EIHL LEAGUE STANDINGS

TeamGPPts
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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Elite Ice Hockey League

The Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) is a professional ice hockey league in the United Kingdom formed in 2003. The league currently consists of 10 teams, with Belfast (NIR), Cardiff (WAL), Coventry (ENG), Dundee (SCO), Fife (SCO), Glasgow (SCO), Guildford (ENG), Manchester (ENG), Nottingham (ENG) and Sheffield (ENG).

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The Fife Flyers, established in 1938, are the oldest professional ice hockey team in the United Kingdom. The team has a history of success through the ages, with over 60 Scottish and British cups and titles to their name.

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