Fife Flyers have announced the re-signing of left winger Carlo Finucci for his third season with the Kirkcaldy club.
Carlo said on his return to the club “I am absolutely thrilled to be coming back to Kirkcaldy for a third season with the Flyers. I want to thank the directors and coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to come back and build on what we have achieved last season, I am also looking forward to bringing my game to another level and improving on what I accomplished over the last two seasons. It’s going to be good to see some friends and familiar faces, but most importantly, playing in front of the amazing Flyers fans, My wife and I can’t wait to get over there and get the season started. See you all in August.”
Finucci’s career began with two seasons playing for his home town team the Burnaby Bulldogs Midget A2 and then a further two years in junior hockey in the PIJHL before moving to the BCHL league.
He then played university hockey for 4 years before moving to Las vegas and also had a short spell with the Evansville icemen to then jump over to Denmark for a season then on to the English premier league.
His Fife Flyers journey began in the 2016-17 season. Having played in various leagues and the EPL the season before it took Carlo a bit of time to get used to the pace of top league hockey again.
He was almost there by the end of his first season scoring 37 points in 52 games. Last year like many other guys on the team he had a break out year playing 55 games for a return of 62 points and the top points scorer on the Flyers. He also had 4 points in 4 games in the playoffs and was part of the flyers conference winning team. These are more than likely the reasons he has been brought back so welcome back Carlo and let’s hope for another season like last year.
On his return to the flyers assistant coach Jeff Hutchins said on Carlo’s return “As coaching staff we are very pleased to secure Carlo’s services for a third season. He became a go-to player for us down the stretch, he has really worked hard off the ice to get in shape to play big minutes and I think his production last year was a direct result of how he managed himself off the ice. He not only produced from an offensive point of view, he was one of the team’s best penalty killers and we will be counting on him to bring the same this season we are looking for Carlo to build on a career year and help push us to the next level.”
I managed to grab a quick interview with Carlo and get his thoughts on a variety of things from his early days until last season.
Your first 4 years playing was midget and junior hockey how enjoyable was that?
“Junior hockey was some of the most enjoyable years of hockey I have played. I was able to be part of an rbc national championship team my rookie year and lead the BCHL in scoring as well as being named the mvp during my final season. That final season garnered me a scholarship to play NCAA division 1 hockey. ”
You played 4 years NCAA what where you studying and how good was the hockey?
“During my time at school I majored in communications with a minor in general business. The hockey was first class as we were part of the CCHA conference and played against some of the best schools in the NCAA. Many players I played with or against are playing key roles in the NHL nowadays and it’s interesting to say I play against many of them. ”
You played 2 years for LV Joe fallon former Dundee player and former Flyer Ned Lukacevic played at the time what where they like?
“I played 2 season in Las Vegas and it was the time of my life. I met some special people while I was there and played with some great teammates. Fallon was a great goalie and was always a rock for us. I know Ned closely from back home and he always spoke so highly of fife and we still skate together in the off season.”
You played a year in Denmark what was that like and how different is that league compared to the EIHL?
“The danish league is very well run and nationally televised a couple time a week. With 8 imports compared to 14 in the elite league the level is a bit lower but the danish nationals are great skaters and skilled. As it shows in their national team standings in the world juniors and world championships.”
How tough did you find the transition from EPL to EIHL in your first season?
“I knew I shouldn’t have been in the EPL and knew I belonged in the league so the confidence was there. It took me a couple months to get used to the league and some line mates and then I felt like my game got better and better.”
You had a break out year last year how good was it last year on a personal level to come away with 60 + points?
“It felt amazing but I knew it was something I was more then capable of. It reinforced the belief the coaching staff had in me and I felt I delivered on that. I know I have more in me and look forward to Building on that this coming season.”
How good did it finally feel to win a trophy and the be Gardiner conference champions?
“It felt really good! I hadn’t won a trophy that meaningful since my junior days but ultimately we wanted more and had our sights set Much higher! Hopefully we can build off of last season and achieve bigger and better things!
Finally, what’s it like to play in the Auld Barn compared to other rinks and arena’s you have played in?
“There is nothing that compares to playing in such a historic arena with so much tradition! A true hockey town in the UK and I am so lucky to be part of it for 2 seasons so far. I am really looking forward to stepping on the ice in front of them for another season and keeping them on the edge of their seats!