The Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning have announced the signing of Canadian forward Taylor Dickin for the remainder of the season.
Dickin arrives in Milton Keynes today (Saturday 1st February) as an injury replacement for Robin Kovar, who appears set to miss the rest of the season.
The 31-year-old has spent the majority of the past three seasons playing for the Birmingham Bulls of the SPHL, where he has scored 22 goals and registered 71 total points in 92 regular-season games.
Prior to moving to Alabama, Dickin spent two-and-a-half seasons here in the UK, having spells with the Edinburgh Capitals, Manchester Storm and Dundee Stars, where he had 70 total points (24 goals, 46 assists) in 126 regular-season Elite League games, adding a further 14 points in 25 EIHL cup games.
Dickin's playing career has seen him travel far and wide, with the Winnipeg, Manitoba native also playing a part in back-to-back conference championships for the prestigious University of North Dakota hockey program.
Speaking of his latest signing, head coach Lewis Clifford commented: "We are gutted to lose Kovy who has been great for us since his arrival and will continue to play an important team role off the ice as his rehabilitation progresses."
"When I spoke with Taylor I was impressed that he understood exactly what we need and asked all the right questions about his teammates and the setup we have. This gives me confidence that he’ll be able to hit the ground running and compete."
Clifford added: "We’re really grateful for Taylor in stepping up and jumping on a plane to join us as soon as he can. He’s a great professional and we’re really pleased to have him on the team."
Commenting on his arrival, Dickin said: "I’m happy to be joining MK for the rest of the season and I look forward to meeting my new teammates as well as playing in front of our passionate fans."