49. Dale Buckland

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  • Born (age)
  • LocationGreat Britain
  • Squad Number49

Coventry born Dale Buckland has so far played his senior hockey for the Solihull Barons and Coventry Blaze as well as briefly featuring for the Manchester Phoenix in the EPL. The defenceman made his senior debut with the Barons of the ENL (now NIHL) in 2008/09 and stayed with the club until partway through 2012/13. During that time he featured 113 times for the West Midlands outfit, scoring 10 goals, claiming 15 assists and so tallying 25 points from the blue line. He also amassed 149 minutes of penalties.

In late 2012 Buckland switched to his hometown club the Coventry Blaze, also of the NIHL, and he would remain with the side until the end of 2016/17. He clocked up 96 league appearances during which he found twine 5 times, teed up a further 29 goals, reached a total of 34 points and took 286 minutes of penalties. His performances also saw him step up and provide cover for the Manchester Phoenix in 2015/16 as he dressed for EPL side 3 times.

Dale Buckland opted to take a break from the game in 2017 but, having not played competitive hockey for the last two seasons, he now returns to the sport hungry to make an impact further south in the country. The physical defenceman arrives in Kent with a reputation for playing no nonsense hockey, bringing leadership to the dressing room and being willing to drop the gloves against all comers when required.

“Dale has had a couple of seasons away from competitive hockey but he hasn’t lost his edge and he’s excited to get back playing again. He recently moved down south, has been skating with us over the summer and he’s ready to compete for the Dynamos. Dale brings with him plenty of experience in the NIHL North and has often played with a letter on his jersey so he will also contribute in the dressing room. He plays a smart defensive game, has a good first pass and will add valuable experience to our defence. He’ll be a gritty D-man and a key player in our own end. I’m looking forward to working with him in 2019/20.”

Anthony Leone

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