Murphy hoping for Flyers victory

Ex-Fife Flyers netminder Stephen Murphy believes his former club winning the Elite League play-offs would make Todd Dutiaume a bigger legend.

The Flyers boss has been in charge since 2005 and played alongside Murphy in the club’s Grand Slam year in 2000.

He’s very much in with the bricks in Kirkcaldy and Murphy reckons any success would be among some of the biggest achievements in the their long history.

He said: “If Todd can do it this weekend it would somehow make him a bigger legend at the club than he already is, if that’s possible.

“He and the club have done a great job with young British players, giving them the opportunity to come through and I’m glad that’s continued through the years.

“They came back in 2011 and I can’t say I’ve been surprised at how well they’ve done since they joined the Elite League.

“It’s hard to compare the team I played in to the current team, but if they were to win the play-offs it would be one of their biggest achievements for sure.”

Murphy, now with Belfast Giants, was ironically the man who blanked them on their last appearance in the finals two years ago when they lost 1-0 to the Irish side.

As a former player, he admits he’ll be cheering them on in Nottingham this weekend.

While he’d love to see his former team get past the Panthers in Saturday’s semi-final, Murphy admits it’s a tie that could go either way.

He added: “I think they can make it past Nottingham on Saturday, but they’re a team on form as well so it’s a tough one to predict.

“Panthers at home might have had the edge, but I’m certainly hoping for a Fife win.

“I think it’s great for the Flyers to be back in the play-offs again. Last time I shut them out, but it was a game that could have gone either way and looking at their game against Nottingham, I think it’s going to be the same again.

“Hopefully they can go that one step closer and I’ll certainly be cheering them on this weekend.”

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