KIRKCALDY KESTRELS have announced the return of the ‘Champ’ as Steven MacDonald pledged himself to another campaign with the Fife side.
It’s the 29-year-old’s seventh season with the club and he’s looking for more ice time after seeing last season’s campaign curtailed by injury.
But he returned in time to help the club to the SNL title and into the play-offs and says last season was a special time for him at the Kestrels.
Champ said: “I missed a lot of last season due to injuries, but was lucky enough to return for the remainder of the season and be part of the final set of league games and play-off run.
“Like Rudi, I have won a few accolades in my time here, but the feeling on how we finished last year topped them all.
“I can’t wait to get the season underway, especially after how we finished off last season and I want to continue that success here at the club.
“The off-season has been good, as we’ve had a month off and have been working hard off the Ice since returning to practice and we are building our fitness back up.
“I am pretty pleased with my own fitness levels at the moment and with the weekly skates we have been having in Dundee, my own on Ice fitness is returning too.
“Hopefully all going well, I will be ready to go come the 22nd August when we play Whitley.”
Champ first joined in 2009 and is one of the Kestrels utility players, as he can play either forward or defence and is very comfortable in either of these positions.
He is a defensive forward that likes to use his big slap shot and prefers to sit back on the play letting his line mates do more of the fore-checking.
Plus he likes to play the body when he can and will step up into the play to make a hit if needed.
Two seasons ago Steven was required to play a lot of ‘D’ for the Kestrels to cover for the injured Wayne Maxwell.
Due to his defensive minded nature on the Ice, he coped very well in that position, but last season was not a very good season as he fell foul to injuries.
Champ only managed to play 12 games out of a possible 27, but managed to get over his issues and return for the season finale, where he finished his season successfully.