It was an 80th anniversary season of highs and lows for Fife Flyers.
By Allan Crow
Thursday, 11th April 2019, 4:28 pm
Updated Thursday, 11th April 2019, 4:54 pm
Fife Flyers - rinkside scenes in 80th anniversary season (Pic: Jillian McFarlane)
The team battled crippling injuries and frustrating suspensions, and still delivered some magical moments on the ice. We look back with a selection of images to jog more memories as the players head home for the summer.
Head coach Todd Dutiaume found himself at odds with referees, and DOPS, the sport's disciplinary body who hit the team with several suspensions, but, in the eyes of many, didn't hand out similar tariffs to others (Pic: Steve Gunn)
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Meet the team! The season's launch event with new team-mates Evan Bloodoff, Bari Mckenzie, James Isaacs, Chris Wands and Rick Pinkston introduced to the fans for the first time (Pic: Steve Gunn)
Kirkcaldy Ice Rink Fife Flyers players wearing old strips it is to mark a retro-themed night at the rink which is taking place this weekend. ltr Carlo Finucci, Brett Bulmer, Craig Moore, Ricky Birzins. 31 Jan 19
Flyers scored some big wins on the road across the season to help them ride high in the standings, including this victory at Coventry Blaze (Pic: Scott Wiggins)
A moment to savour! Defenceman Rick Pinkston, who played through the pain barrier all season, celebebrates his dramatic overtime winner to defeat Sheffield Steelers in March (Pic: Steve Gunn)
Lots of laughs were had when Fife Flyers teamed up with sponsors, Specsavers, to back the opticians' fundraiser for Comic Relief Red Nose Day. Star of the photo-shoot was defenceman Evan Stoflet.
Defenceman Craig Moore was a great addition to the team mid-season. The young Fifer returned to the Kingdom after finding his ice time limited with Cardiff Devils and thrived with the extra responsibility he was given.
A defining moment as team leader Chase Schaber lies on the ice injured after a hit coach Todd Dutiaume branded "dangerous and vicious" in a game against Sheffield Steelers, but which DOPS didn't act on (Pic: Steve Gunn)
Bari McKenzie (right) made a huge impression with fans in his first season as a Fife Flyer - he is pictured here with second-year defenceman, Ricards Birzins (Pic: Fife Photo Agency)
Among his season highlights, Brett Bulmer delivered another showreel goal - the former NHL forward scored while lying flat on his stomach in the 4-2 win over Belfast Giants. Pic: YouTube/Belfast Giants
Dannick Gauthier was one of the team's leaders. His physical presence saw him mix it up on many match nights, as well as delivering huge goals and driving the club into the play-off quarter-finals. (Pic: Jillian McFarlane)
One of the league's best powerhouse forwards, Evan Bloodoff's work-rate and commitment were second to none - a player who could win matches singled handedly.(Pic: Scott Wiggins)
Fife Flyers' long association with CHAS saw Scott Aarssen, Rick Pinkston and Paul Crowder visit Rachel House at 2018 Christmas where they donned their festive footwear, and enjoyed a festive sing-a-long.
Carlo Finucci enjoyed a strong finish to the campaign, driving his line forward and digging deep to keep a short-benched team rolling. He's pictured scoring against Nottingham Panthers earlier in the campaign.
One of the successes of Fife Flyers' season saw them sweep Guildford Flames in their six-game series. The old BNL rivals matched up well, but it was Fife who held the upper hand in every game home and away (Pic: John Uwin)
Mike Cazzola was a great pick-up from Edinburgh Capitals, and one of the hardest working players on the ice every match night. In this pic he celebrates a goal on a road trip to Cardiff Devils (Pic: Helen Brabon)
One hurdle Flyers struggled to overcome was Dundee Stars - their Tayside rivals notched six wins from their eight meetings, and those dropped points impacted on Fife's league position. (Pic: Derek Black)
The partnership between Carlo Finucci and Paul Crowder was a fruitful one - Crowder's late season injury robbed the team of a smart, quick-thinking hockey player who knew how to ring the red light. (Pic: Steve Gunn)
And so, it all ended with defeat in the play-off quarter finals at Nottingham - two empty net goals inflating Panthers' 3-0 win. But what a view of the face-off of the final game of the 80th season! (Pic: Panthers Images)