Fife Flyers sign Canadian defenceman Derek Keller

Ice hockey

Fife Flyers have signed Canadian defenceman Derek Keller for the upcoming 2012/13 season.

Keller joins up with former South Carolina Stingrays team-mate Jeff Caister, who joined Flyers last week.

The 25-year-old hopes he can bring an "exciting brand of hockey" to the Kirkcaldy club.

"Derek is a good skating and puck moving defenceman that will be able to play for us in all situations," said assistant coach Danny Stewart.

"He is a former captain of a great NCAA programme at St Lawrence University and has been with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL ever since he left college.

"He is a solid all-round player that will log a lot of minutes and help us greatly with our special teams.

"We wanted to bring in guys that can play all over the ice and are good people on the locker room and Derek definitely gives all of that.

"This, along with the signing of Jeff Caister, gives us two very good defencemen from the ECHL and is a great start in building this team for next season.'

Keller added: "I am very excited to have joined Fife Flyers and to become a part of their long history and tradition.

"My goal is to help bring our fans and exciting brand of hockey together with a winning season. I am so looking forward to coming to Scotland."

Meanwhile, head coach Todd Dutiaume says the club are "pleased with the progress we are making in our talks to other players" as they finalise their plans for the new term.