Never known as a scorer in the Ontario Hockey League, Lou Dickenson poured it on last season in Finland’s Mestis League, a level below the elite SM-Liiga. Lou was the league’s leading point-getter, playing for Vaasan Sport. His 26 goals and 35 assists for 61 points over 44 games was good enough for the league lead. The season before, with KooKoo, Lou lead the league in goals with 28 in 43 games.
Dickenson played five seasons in the Ontario Hockey League. He also appeared on five different team rosters over his OHL career. He began in the OHL in 1998-99 with the Mississauga IceDogs and played his first two full seasons at the Hershey Centre. In 2000-01, he started the season with the London Knights and midway through the season ended up with the Kingston Fontenacs. 2001-02 was split between the Frontenacs and the Guelph Storm and his final season was split between the Storm and the Ottawa 67’s, a team that lost out in the Robertson Cup finals that year.
Lou was drafted in the 4th round of the 2000 NHL draft by the Edmonton Oilers, 113th overall. He spent one season, 2003-04, in the Canadian university system with St. Thomas in New Brunswick. He followed that by a season in the North American pro hockey scene with three different teams: San Antonio Rampage (AHL), Texas Wildcatters (ECHL) and Laredo Bucks (CHL).
2005-06 was Dickenson’s introduction to the world of European hockey. He played in the Italian Serie B and scored 43 goals and 79 points in just 41 games. The following year, he literally toured Europe playing on two Swedish teams, the Edinburgh Capitals of Great Britain’s EIHL and Ljubljana in Slovenia.
Lou returned to North America for the 2007-08 season but found his way back to Europe for the following campaign. Lou has been in Finland since.
The 2010-11 season has Lou stepping up to the SM-Liiga and playing for the Pelicans. The Pelicans play out of Lahti, Finland, a city with just over 100,000 people and the eighth largest city in Finland. Lahti is just 100km out of Helsinki.