Former Edinburgh Capitals centre Taylor Dickin has been snapped up by Elite League Gardiner conference rivals Manchester Storm.
Dickin, who it is understood to have been keen on a return to Murrayfield after posting 14 goals and 31 assists in 59 games last term, has instead signed a one-year deal with the English club after impressing their player-coach Omar Pacha.
Pacha said: “I remember playing against him last year. He was a guy the team struggled to play against in the face-off circle. He’s very versatile and can play anywhere in the line-up.
“He was under-rated last year and is a solid player. He brings good size and is a really good skater.”
Dickin, signed last summer straight out of Canadian college hockey by former Caps’ player-coach Riley Emmerson, was initially pencilled in for the club’s third line. He quickly impressed and was promoted to form a lethal partnership with wingers Craig McCallum and Ryan Hayes.
In a well-documented disastrous season for Edinburgh, their form quickly nosedived after several unsettled stars – including McCallum and Hayes – left the club. However, Dickin toughed it out and was one of only two players to ice in every game last season.
Pacha added: “Those Edinburgh guys were put in a really tough situation last year and he was one of the guys who stuck it out, which shows a lot of character and was another of the main reasons why I went after him.”
“I spoke to Riley Emmerson about him and he gave a really good reference, saying only great things. We’re really happy to have him on board.”