ESTERO, Fla. – The Florida Everblades, East Coast Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, have announced that former Bemidji State University forward Jay Dickman has signed an amateur try out contract to play out the remainder of the 2018-19 season.
The Shoreview, Minn. native could make his professional debut as early as 5:35 p.m. Friday when the Everblades travel to Infinite Energy Arena in Atlanta, Ga. to battle the Atlanta Gladiators. Dickman joins fellow former Beaver Riley Weselowski (2004-08), who played his first game for Florida Wednesday after posting 20 points (8g-12a) in 60 games for the Rapid City Rush.
Dickman will play out the remainder of the season with the Everblades, which includes nine regular-season games and potential Kelly Cup Playoff contests. Florida has already clinched a playoff berth. Currently second in the ECHL standings overall with an overall record of 43-15-5-0, The Everblades lead the ECHA Eastern Conference South Division.
The tallest player ever to wear a Beaver sweater at 6-foot, 6-inches, Dickman recorded 16 points (6g-10a) in 38 games for BSU as a senior. The alternate captain ranked second on the team with three power-play goals, his two game-winning goals was good for second and his 10 assists ranked sixth. A total of 13 points (4g-9a) came in WCHA play, which includes all three power-play goals and both game winners.
Playing in 132 collegiate games as a Beaver, Dickman piled up 55 points (30g-25a). He turned in a team-leading 15 goals en route to a career-high 23 points (15g-8a) in 2017-18, which includes a pair of hat tricks.
The Beavers finished the 2018-19 season with an overall record of 15-17-6 overall and placed fifth in the WCHA with a 13-11-4-2 mark.
Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).