Stewart brings Dingle to Blaze
The Genting Casino Coventry Blaze are thrilled to announce the signing of 33-year-old American forward Ryan Dingle.
The 5’11” left handed centre joins from Elite League rivals Fife Flyers following two seasons with the Kirkcaldy based club.
In his debut Elite League year (2015/16), Dingle registered 22 goals, 35 assists for 57 points in 59 games, helping Fife reach the playoff finals weekend.
To begin the latest campaign, the Steamboat Springs, CO, USA native was named Captain of the Flyers going on to score 34 goals, 29 assists for 63 points in 51 EIHL competition games. His 31 goals in league play saw him second (one behind Scott Pitt of the Braehead Clan) in the top goal scorers chart.
Named Fife Flyers’ forward of the year in both of his two seasons with the club, overall his Elite League competition record reads 56 goals scored, 64 assists, equalling 120 points in 110 games.
Before moving to Scotland, Dingle enjoyed a prosperous four years in Italy with Cortina where he averaged over 40 points a season and was a perennial playoff performer. His final season with the Italians saw him named associate captain.
In addition to European success, Dingle’s CV boasts near 150 games in the AHL and more than 120 appearances in the ECHL.
Prior to his pro career, the centreman won an NCAA Championship in 2005 with the University of Denver and was named an NCAA all-star on two occasions.
Head Coach Danny Stewart said: "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 fore-check. 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."
Ryan Dingle commented, “My family and I are beyond excited to come to Coventry for this upcoming season. Danny was a big part of bringing me to Fife and I look forward to working with him again. I'm really excited for the season and this new opportunity!”
Head Coach Danny Stewart on Sunday morning