Fife Flyers have announced the signing of 27-year-old Canadian defenceman Jeff Caister, previously with Greenville Road Warriors in South Carolina.
The Elite League side's head coach, Todd Dutiaume, said: "We are obviously delighted to bring a player of Jeff's quality to Kirkcaldy.
"A player of his calibre was a big target for us as we looked to construct our defence.
"He has a good all-round game and will be suited to a good Fife Flyers team."
Ontario-born Caister was named in the NCAA All Star team in season 2007/08, when he played with Wayne State University.
He turned professional with South Carolina Stingrays from the East Coast Hockey League in North America before joining Victoria Salmon Kings, where he played with former Flyers assistant coach Matt Siddall in a team led by former coach Mark Morrison.
"Jeff is also a strong leader and is a great presence in the locker room and his signing shows the positive intentions of Flyers to ice a competitive team this season," added Dutiaume about the player who spent last season in the Eastern Conference, South Division.