Thursday, April 6, 2017 - Submitted by Juno Tsalis
Canadian forward Grant Toulmin will be retuning to the Ice Dogs for his second AIHL season.
In 21 regular season games with the Ice Dogs in 2016, the 195 cm and 95 kg forward amassed 31 points (15 goals, 16 assists). Toulmin ranked second on the Ice Dogs in goals, third in assists, and third in overall points.
At the end of the 2016 AIHL season, the native of Langley, British Columbia began playing in Poland for the KH GKS Katowice and Orlik Opole, registering 7 goals and 19 assists for 26 points and a plus -8 rating over 26 games.
Toulmin then moved to the DVTK Jegesmedvek of the Hungarian MOL Liga with 13 games left in the regular season. Toulmin posted an impressive 22 points (6 goals, 16 assists) in the 13 regular season games he played with DVTK Jegesmedvek and helped to lead the team to the post season. In 17 post season games, the forward registered 12 points (6 goals, 6 assists), and won the MOL Liga Championship.
“When the Dogs approached me about coming back for a second season, I couldn’t have been happier. It was a solid building year last season, and the potential for success this season is through the roof” say Toulmin.
General Manager Jason Juba states “What is great about Toulmin coming back is that he is coming off winning his first professional championship in Europe, and has been playing his best hockey in years”.
The MOL Liga Championship win gives the Ice Dogs import more experience and he is expected to be a top scorer in the league this coming season. Juba states that “My expectations of him are much higher this year than last, and I wouldn't be surprised at all if he is one of the top scorers in the league this year.”
“Coming back to win a championship is a huge motivator for myself, and being able to do so while living in arguably the best place in Australia is just the cherry on top”
Grant Toulmin’s return in the 2017 AIHL season is welcomed excitedly, as he is set to play on April 22nd at the Macquarie Ice Rink against the Sydney Bears.