Austin Bruins’ forward named player of the monthPublished 6:41pm Wednesday, October 2, 2013
The North American Hockey League recently announced that Bruins’ forward Jay Dickman has been named Easton Hockey NAHL forward of the month.
Dickman, 20, was virtually unstoppable during the month of September. The Shoreview, Minnesota native made a bold statement during the month that he is going to make his final season in the NAHL count. Dickman, who is 6-feet, 6-inches tall and 225 pounds, led the Bruins to a 5-1-0 record during the month as they captured a share of the Central Division lead. For the month, Dickman was tied for second in NAHL scoring with 10 points in just six games played and his seven goals led the NAHL. Dickman was also a +9 during the month of September, which was tops among all NAHL forwards. He recorded eight points in four games at the NAHL Showcase, including a four-goal game, which earned him NAHL Central Division Star of the Week honors back on Sept. 23.
Last season, Dickman recorded 55 points in 55 regular season games for the Bruins and was named to the NAHL All-Rookie Team.
“Jay has had a huge role in our success so far this season and he has really showed a lot of leadership,” said Bruins head coach Chris Tok. “I think the most impressive part about Jay is his skill set and his hands. You rarely see someone with his size with that type of high-end skill. It is something that has attracted a lot of interest from NCAA Division I scouts, so our focus right now is to make sure he keeps improving. He has the ability to score goals in a variety of different ways and that is what makes him so effective.”
Dickman said this is an important year for him and the Bruins and he wanted to get off to a quick start.
“I think we have a really good team this year and there is a lot of skill and speed,” said Dickman. “However, we are always looking to get better and improve. That was one of the things I worked really hard on this summer was to always keep improving my game, come into the season in the best shape possible and ready to play my best from the first game. Ultimately, I would like a chance to play NCAA Division I hockey, but I know that is only going to happen if I continue to work hard and show and I can be a leader on and off the ice.”