Two veteran Ontario Hockey League grads will play together for just the second time since their OHL careers began. Greg Jacina and Lou Dickenson both began play in the OHL for the 1998-99 season. Both played five years and both are well-travelling in Europe. Jacina and Dickenson will play 2013-14 with Rosenborg IHK Elite in Norway’s Get Ligaen. The only other time they played together was in 2004-05 with the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League.
Jacina played five years in the OHL from 1998-99 to 2002-03 with the Guelph Storm, Owen Sound Attack and Mississauga IceDogs. Originally, Greg was the 14th overall pick at the 1999 OHL Priority Selection, going to the Owen Sound Platers. He was undrafted to the NHL and played 14 games, all with the Florida Panthers.
Greg has been in Europe since the 2007-08 season, playing in Finland, Sweden, Italy and Denmark. In 2012-13, he played for Ritten/Renon in Italy’s Lega Italiana Hockey su Ghiaccio (LIHG).
Lou played the same five years in the OHL that Greg Jacina did, appearing with the Mississauga IceDogs, London Knights, Kingston Frontenacs, Guelph Storm and Ottawa 67’s. Both played for the IceDogs and Storm but at different times.
Dickenson was the first ever draft pick of the expansion Mississauga IceDogs, going second overall at the 1998 OHL Priority Selection. Ahead of him was Jay Harrison, first overall by the Battalion. A bit of a weak draft, Harrison and Brad Boyes are the only two first rounders to go on to play more than 100 games in the NHL. Boyes was the 12th pick by the Erie Otters and has just surpassed the 600 game plateau.
In 2001-02, Lou played for the Guelph Storm as they hosted the Memorial Cup. The Storm went 1-2 in the round robin and lost in the tiebreaker. Earlier, in the Robertson Cup playoffs, Guelph bowed out in the second round to the Windsor Spitfires in five games. Erie and the Barrie Colts faced off in the finals with the Otters winning in five.
The following year, Dickenson found himself in the Robertson Cup finals with the Ottawa 67’s. Ottawa fell to the Kitchener Rangers in five games.
Dickenson was a fourth round pick of the Edmonton Oilers at the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, 113th overall. His European travels are extensive. Since 2005-06, he has played in Italy, Sweden, Great Britain, Slovenia, Finland, Denmark and Norway. In 2012-13, he played his first year in Norway with Rosenborg, playing 44 regular season games, scoring 28 goals and assisting on 34 for 62 points.
IHK Elite Rosenborg
Rosenborg was promoted to the Get Ligaen just three years ago for the 2010-11 season. The team plays out of the 2,050 seat Leangen Arena in Trondheim, Norway, a venue that was built in 1977. Trondheim, with a population of around 180,000, is the third most populous city in Norway and located about central in the long, thin country. The history of the city dates back to 997 A.D. when it was a trading post. Trondheim was Norway’s capital back in the Viking days.
In 2012-13, Rosenborg finished ninth out of the Get Ligaen’s ten teams over the 45 game regular season schedule and were saved in relegation.