Coventry Blaze reported yesterday (Sunday) that they have signed veteran forward Ryan Dingle for the 2017/18 season. The 33-year-old center joins from fellow Elite League side, Fife Flyers.
Dingle spent two successful seasons with Fife, being named their forward of the year after both campaigns. During his first season, he had 57 points (22G, 35A) in 59 league and cup games. He also added two goals in four playoff games as the Flyers reached the Playoff Finals Weekend. Last season, he averaged better than a point a game, adding 62 points (33G, 29A) in 49 league and cup outings. He had a single goal in two playoff games.
Dingle, a native of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, brings with him a wealth of experience having spent time playing in Italy as well as the AHL, ECHL, and NCAA in North America. He helped the University of Denver win a NCAA Championship in 2005 and has played in over 100 AHL games for Adirondack Phantoms, Iowa Chops, and Portland Pirates.
Blaze Head Coach, Danny Stewart, told the club’s official website: “Ryan Dingle is a guy I played with and coached in Fife. I know what he’s about and coming off the back of the season he’s just had it was a no-brainer. He’s a work-horse and there aren’t many guys in the league who are as good as him around the net. I compare him slightly to Dan Carlson in the way he works on both ends of the puck, he hounds pucks and is relentless on the forecheck. He’s just a pain to play against. With the production on top of that last season, he’s a guy that I think will be good for us. I’m delighted.”
The four-time Elite League champions still have a number of roster spots to fill ahead of the new season, but Dingle is sure to prove a hit with a club hoping to move on from a disappointing campaign that saw them miss out on a playoff spot.