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ICE HOCKEY: Star turn Jason jets back.

Byline: NIGEL DUNCAN

JASON SHMYR jets into Dundee today ready to resume his successful career with Texol Stars - and frustrated it has taken so long to clear a red-tape hurdle.

The powerful Canadian's return was delayed by tougher visa restrictions.

Shmyr has been training daily back home in Canada and itching to get back into the fray.

Stars were boosted in his absence by a sensational 3-2 victory over Elite League champions Sheffield Steelers last weekend.

But on Saturday, Shmyr will be back for the trip to Kirkcaldy to square-up to arch rivals Fife Flyers as both clubs open their British National League campaign.

Flyers are the defending champions and go into the game fired up by a shock road win at Guildford Flames in the Winter Cup last Sunday.

Shmyr said: 'Games against Fife are always tough and it's good to get going with a big fixture. I'm cleared to play and I can't wait' Stars co-owner Mike Ward said: 'Jason was a big player for us last year and it's been a blow not having him at the start of this season.

'But his absence and an injury to Gary Wishart has allowed us to give some of our younger players a chance.

'They have benefited from shifts with the big team that will stand them in good stead.

'Jason, however, completes our picture.

'It will be a big game for us at Kirkcaldy considering we've beaten them twice pre-season and they will certainly not want to lose the opening game in the defence of their title.

'But our guys are buzzing after that win over Sheffield. It was absolutely fantastic and we're so proud of them. It was one of the best results in the club's history.'
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Date:Sep 22, 2004
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