Assistant coach Dom De Simone says he is bursting with pride at the achievements of Dundee Stars’ U16 side this season.
Dundee swept all before them to win the league title and they are aiming to complete the double in the Scottish Cup Final against Fife Flames on Saturday.
The young Stars bagged over 200 goals in the league and De Simone is confident they can add another trophy to their haul by beating Fife.
“The biggest feeling I can convey in winning the league this year is pride,” he said. “We have a fantastic group of talented young men who are a joy to work with.
“They are respectful, hard-working and strive to better themselves each and every time they lace their skates. The only thing we ever ask of them is to do their best.
“Every shift they have stepped on the ice this season they have made their club and coaches proud and as a result have rightly earned the title of league champions.
“The Scottish Cup Final promises to be a hard fought battle between two hard-working teams. Fife are a strong team with talented, experienced players and coaches who deserve and demand respect.
“However, I have total belief that our team will go out and fight so that they can bring the cup home to Dundee.”
Fife head into the game looking for redemption after suffering heartbreak in last year’s final against Murrayfield.
Ethan Reid’s stunning equaliser in the third period sent the game to penalty shots, and he kept his cool in the shoot-out to bag the deciding goal.
Team manager Craig Forbes is hoping the Flames can use that defeat as motivation and stop Dundee in their tracks this weekend.
“It has been an eventful season for the Flames with us finishing in third place in the league,” he said.
“The league has improved with a very strong Dundee and Belfast finishing first and second respectively, and a North Ayrshire side who we drew with at home.
“The final will see the Flames looking for a piece of silverware to finish off the season on a high – we know it won’t be an easy game against Dundee who went all season unbeaten.
“Hopefully we will be back to full strength and will be looking to make this game more difficult for Dundee than our league encounters.”
The Scottish Cup Finals event begins at Dundee Ice Arena at 10.00am with the U12 final.
The U14, U16 and U20 finals are scheduled to follow during the afternoon, with the SNL final rounding off proceedings at 6.30pm.
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