Dingle announces retirement
Genting Casino Coventry Blaze forward Ryan Dingle has confirmed his decision to retire from the sport following the 2017/18 Elite League season.
The 33-year-old American made 50 regular season appearances for the Blaze posting 25 goals, 28 assists for 53 points. He also added 3 assists in 6 Challenge Cup games.
Chosen as Associate Captain to begin the year, Dingle was named 'Clubman of the season' and 'Blaze Blue Army Player of the season' at the recent awards show.
Before joining Coventry, the 5'11" centreman spent two seasons with Elite League rivals Fife Flyers where he registered 56 goals scored, 64 assists, equalling 120 points in 110 games. During that time, he was named Captain of the club and Forward of the year in both years.
Before his time in the UK, Dingle enjoyed a prosperous four years in Italy with Cortina where he averaged over 40 points a season and was a perennial playoff performer.
In addition to European success, Dingle’s CV boasts near 150 games in the AHL and more than 120 appearances in the ECHL. He was an NCAA Champion in 2005 with the University of Denver and nominated an NCAA All-Star on two occasions.
Blaze Head Coach Danny Stewart said, "I’ve had the pleasure of both playing with and coaching 'Dings'. The best way to describe him is professional. He comes to work every day! He enjoys his hockey, takes nothing for granted, and does it with a whole lot of energy. He’s a chip off the old block. A guy that buys into an organisation and plays for the logo on the front. He’s a heck of a player and not only will he be a big loss to the Coventry Blaze, but I feel a big loss to the British game and ice hockey in general. I wish him, Sophie and the boys the best of luck in the future and we will do our best as a group to get him another week of playing this Sunday!"
Ryan Dingle statement
"In playoffs, you never really know how far your team will go so while I hope it’s not, I’m very aware that Sunday could be my last professional game. That being said, it has been a privilege and an honor to play for the Coventry Blaze this season. I am so proud of what this team has accomplished over the past two months. I’m sure a lot of people counted us out of playoffs but there was zero quit within our locker room.
I came to this league with no expectations. I didn’t have any idea what I would be getting into (other than the rain). Here we are leaving the UK three years later with two kids, several bucket list items checked off and many life-long friends. I have played for two great organisations in the EIHL and under two coaches that I truly trust and respect on so many levels. I wish them and their families nothing but the best in the future.
I’d like to thank my parents and sister for sacrificing so much of their time in the early years. I couldn’t have done it without your time and support.
Most importantly, I’d like to thank my wife for allowing me to follow my dream, putting up with game day routines and taking care of our two boys when I was away playing games. Sophie, you can have your weekends back.
For 11 years, this has been my life but I am extremely excited for the next chapter. Thank you to everyone that has crossed our path in the hockey world!
But in the meantime, I’m going to take this one game at a time..."
2017/18 #19 Ryan Dingle highlights
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