Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - Submitted by Juno Tsalis
The Sydney Ice Dogs are excited to announce the signing of import Dylan Quaile for the 2019 AIHL season.
Quaile, who hails from Toronto, Ontario, Canada most recently played for the Rapid City Rush of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). The defenseman has skated in over 145 regular season games and 10 post season games in the league over a span of four seasons, recording 8 goals, 33 assists for 41 points, and 59 penalty minutes.
As a player, the fans can expect a two-way defenseman says Quaile. “I like to be as active in the game as possible; I’m not one to shy away from carrying the puck. I also like to join a rush quite a bit when I see an opportunity; I play a fairly offensive game for a D-man.”
The 188 cm and 90 kg skater has also previously played in the Canadian Hockey league (CHL) for the Brampton Beast and the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) for the Mississippi RiverKings, as well as stints in England in the EIite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) and Germany (Oberliga). In the EIHL Quaile played for the Dundee Stars, where the team won the Gardiner Conference Championship. While in the Oberliga, he earned the title for ‘most goals by a defenseman’ during the 2016-17 season, with 17 goals registered.
He began his hockey career in the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OPJHL) for the since disbanded Brampton Capitals before moving on to play in the Quebec Major Junior Ice Hockey League (QMJHL) for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies and the PEI Rocket. During this time, he played against current NHL’ers including the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Kris Letang, San Jose Sharks’ Marc-Édouard Vlasic and the Boston Bruins’ Brad Marchand and David Krejci.
Quaile also played for the University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown, Canada. The defenseman played for four seasons, Captaining his team to the playoffs for the final two seasons.
Ice Dogs head coach Andrew Petrie is excited about the defenseman, saying “Dylan ticks all the boxes for an import defenseman. He plays top-two minutes, runs the powerplay, has good size, is defensively responsible and brings a huge offensive upside.”
“Add to that his leadership roles, and how professional he’s been throughout the entire recruitment process, and I think we’re getting a guy who can help us in a lot of ways.”
Off the ice the Canadian native says he likes to travel, hike and just be outside. “I also enjoy trying different restaurants and cuisines; I like to try weird/uncommon foods. You can get me to try just about anything once! I also enjoy working out and going to the gym”, although he admits he thinks he has to say that.
Quaile also says he is looking forward to immersing himself into the Australian culture. “I’m excited to explore Sydney and hopefully the rest of the country, see some pretty spectacular places. I can’t wait to meet the team, the fans and all the supporters.”
You can catch Dylan Quaile and the Sydney Ice Dogs this coming season at Macquarie Ice Rink. The team launches its 2019 season this coming April 20th against local rivals, the Sydney Bears.