Former Caps ace Taylor Dickin signs for Manchester Storm
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.”