Chalmers ends six-year spell with Lynx to join the Kestrels

Kirkcaldy Kestrels have confirmed that netminder Craig Chalmers has joined the club from Aberdeen Lynx.

Chalmers iced for both Kirkcaldy and Dundee at junior level, before stepping up to the Scottish National League (SNL) with the Kestrels and Dundee Comets for the 2012/13 season.

He also gained experience with Dundee Stars in the Elite League, before completing a move to Lynx in 2014.

Chalmers quickly established himself as the first-choice goalie and played a pivotal role as Lynx won the 2016 SNL play-offs.

The 25-year-old says he enjoyed his time in Aberdeen, but is eagerly anticipating his move back to Kirkcaldy.

“I’m looking forward to making a return to my local team and where my hockey career started as a junior,” he said.

“I’ve been traveling from Fife to Aberdeen for six seasons now and the traveling was starting to get harder each season.

“After speaking to Wish (head coach Steven Wishart) over the phone, signing with the Kestrels was a pretty easy decision to make.

“Hopefully we can all get back to some form of normality soon, so I can get on the ice with my new teammates and push for a title.”

Euan Simpson’s decision to sign for Murrayfield Racers this coming season left the Kestrels needing to find a suitable replacement.

Chalmers has racked up considerable SNL experience over the past few years and Wishart is delighted to have him on board.

“Once we knew that Euan was moving on, Kingy (Steven King) and I made the decision quite quickly that Craig was the guy we wanted.

“His performances for the Lynx over the years have been up there with the best in the league.

“Craig will bring consistency and a compete level that we need to be successful and give us a solid foundation to build on.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to wish Euan well for the future and thank him for his time with Kirkcaldy Ice Hockey Club.”

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