Jackson takes on dual role with Kirkcaldy, young goalie added to senior squad

Kirkcaldy Kestrels have strengthened their roster for the upcoming campaign with addition of two more netminders.

Davey Jackson has agreed his third season with the Kestrels, while youngster Ben Keddie joins the roster after progressing through the club’s junior system.

They will be joined by Craig Chalmers for the 2020/21 season, following the goalie’s move from Aberdeen Lynx earlier this summer.

Jackson, who has previously played at Elite League and NIHL level, will also take on a dual role as a goalie coach after gaining the requisite coaching qualification.

Head coach Steven Wishart says the club had been actively seeking to appoint someone to work with the club’s netminders and believes Jackson is the perfect fit.

“We’re delighted that as well as playing, Davey has accepted the role of goalie coach,” he said.

“It’s a position we’ve been looking to fill at the Kestrels for a while now and one that will be of great benefit to us.

“We look forward to working closely with Davey and are excited to see what he can bring to the table to aid the development of our goalies.”

Jackson added: “I’m excited to be taking on a goalie coaching role this season and I look forward to working with two talented young guys in Craig and Ben.

“It’ll be a good start for me to phase out of playing and gain some coaching experience.

“Last year was tough all round, but it was a great year for the youngsters who came of age playing SNL hockey.

“I’m looking forward to seeing more of the young talent shine through this season.”

In addition to icing for Fife Flames at U16 level last season, Keddie also gained experience with Fife Falcons in the U20 league.

He posted an impressive .90 save percentage for the Falcons and is eager to continue his development with the club’s senior team.

“I’m looking forward to next season,” he said. “After training with the Kestrels last year I’m looking to build from that and hopefully get some game experience throughout the season.”

(Image permission: Ian Coyle)