Lou Dickenson continues his hockey odyssey, signing with the Dundee Stars of the U.K.’s EIHL for the 2015-16 season. It is an encore appearance in the EIHL, last playing in the league during the 2006-07 season. Dickenson has covered much of Europe over the years, playing in Italy, Sweden, Slovenia, Finland, Denmark and Norway.
Dickenson is one of three OHL grads that Dundee has picked up for the upcoming campaign. Bobby Chaumont has signed on as player/assistant coach while Doug Clarkson brings toughness along with a surprising scoring touch that he revealed in 2014-15 with the Cardiff Devils.
Lou played five years in the Ontario Hockey League from 1998-99 to 2002-03 with five different teams. Originally, he was the second overall pick by the Mississauga IceDogs at the 1998 OHL Priority Selection. The only player ahead of him in the draft was Jay Harrison who went to the Brampton Battalion. Along he way, Dickenson also played for the London Knights, Kingston Frontenacs, Guelph Storm and Ottawa 67’s.
Dickenson was traded from the Frontenacs to the Storm at the 2001-02 deadline. Guelph lost in the Western Conference semi-final to the Windsor Spitfires. However, the team competed in the Memorial Cup tournament as host. The Storm lost in the tie-breaker game to the Victoriaville Tigres of the QMJHL.
In his final OHL season, Lou was dealt from the Storm to the Ottawa 67’s. Ottawa was powerful but fell to the Kitchener Rangers in the finals, 4-1.
The Edmonton Oilers took Dickenson in the fourth round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, 113th overall. Since 2004-05, he has played in the AHL, ECHL, CHL, Italy’s LIHG, Sweden’s Allsvenskan, the EIHL, Slovenia’s elite league, Finland’s Mestis and Liiga, Denmark’s Metal Ligaen and Norway’s Get Ligaen.
In his rookie pro season, Lou played for the Terry Ruskowski coached Laredo Bucks in the Central Hockey League. The Bucks reached the finals before falling to the Colorado Eagles. After moving to Europe, he led Finland’s tier 2 Mestis with 28 goals in 2008-09, playing for KooKoo. He led the Mestis with 61 points in 2009-10 while playing for Sport.
This past year, 2014-15, Dickenson played most of the season with Stjernen in Norway, appearing in 36 games and putting up good numbers with 22 goals and 41 points. He finished out the year with Herning in Denmark, playing five regular season and 15 playoff games for the Danish champs.
He is signed with Dundee through 2015-16. His other appearance in the EIHL came in 2006-07 when he contributed 23 points over 22 games with the Edinburgh Capitals.
2015-16 will be Chaumont’s fifth season in the EIHL and first with the Stars. The past three seasons have been spent with the Fife Flyers. Bobby played four years in the OHL from 2001-02 to 2004-05 with the Sudbury Wolves. He has signed with Dundee as player and assistant coach.
Clarkson played one season in the Ontario Hockey League, 2007-08, appearing in 29 games with the Kitchener Rangers and 19 games with the Erie Otters. Since, he has played pro hockey in the AHL, ECHL and EIHL. 2014-15 was spent with the Cardiff Devils where Doug scored 20 goals and assisted on 23 for 43 points over 59 games. His offense didn’t take away from his tough play as Clarkson sat out 209 minutes in penalties.
The Stars have been in the EIHL since 2010-11. Home games are played at the Dundee Ice Arena in Dundee, Scotland, a 2,300 seat venue that opened in 2000. After a promising 2013-14 season, the Stars fell to last place in the ten team EIHL in 2014-15. The offense that these three OHL grads can provide should somewhat rectify that issue.