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DUTIAUME: BLOODOFF RETURN WAS PRIORITY

Date:  Source: Elite Ice Hockey League

Fife Flyers coach Todd Dutiaume says the re-signing of forward Evan Bloodoff was a priority as they set about building on the success of last season.

The 27-year-old will return to Kirkcaldy for 2018/19 after being announced as Flyers’ first signing for the new campaign.

And Dutiaume revealed he knew Bloodoff would prove to be a force in the Elite League before he went on to bag 32 goals and 15 assists in 47 appearances.

“As coaches we knew Evan was capable of being a force in this league,” Dutiaume said.  

“Not only did he bring the drive and work ethic we were looking for, he was also on pace to score 40 goals before his injury

“Evan responded well to his post-season treatment and it was a priority to us as coaches to secure him as a key piece in this season’s line up.

“He will be leading the charge from the front in our Conference defence in what’s going to be the 80th season of the Fife Flyers.“

Bloodoff signed last year from ECHL side Reading Royals and was on course to be one of the league’s top points scorers until injury affected the latter part of his campaign.

He’ll wear his number 10 jersey again and he says he’s excited to be returning to Fife as they look to retain the Gardiner Conference title they won last season.

Bloodoff added: “I’m really happy to have re-signed for the Flyers and can’t wait to get back to Kirkcaldy and get back on the ice in preparation for the new season

“I’m keen to pick up on the same form I had last season and continue to help the team compete for silverware.”

“It’s a great honour to be part of the 80th anniversary team and I’m looking forward to playing in front of the loyal Flyers fans.”

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