#31 Sean Dickson
"Sean has done all that can be expected of a student/ athlete as a member of the Hampton Roads Whalers", stated Whalers GM Patrick Cavanagh. "He represents the hard work, commitment and excellence that we expect of our players. His advancement to the prestigious Utica College Pioneers under Coach Heenan opens new opportunities in the next chapter of his journey. It's certainly a prideful day for Sean, his Family and all of Whaler Nation."
The Hampton Roads Jr. Whalers are proud to announce that 1998 goaltender Sean Dickson from Milbrae, CA has committed to playing NCAA hockey next season for the Utica College Pioneers.
The 6’0, 205lbs veteran goaltender has posted a 4-0-0 record with a 0.75 GAA and .969 save% with 2 shutouts in his first 4 games for the Whalers Premier team. Dickson is coming off an outstanding season last year with the Whalers where he posted a record of 26-7-0 last season with a 1.52 GAA, .928 save% and 10 shutouts en route to the USPHL Finals.
"We've been tracking Sean for some time now,” stated Utica head coach Gary Heenan. “After his terrific start to this season we felt strongly that he was our guy. Sean is so calm in the net and technically sound. We look forward to welcoming him to the Pioneer family."Rod
“We are thrilled to hear the news that Sean has committed to Utica”, stated Whalers Premier head coach Rod Taylor. “For him to be offered this so early in the year is a testament to Sean's great dedication and determination the last two years. In addition to his strong performance in goal, Sean has really worked hard to improve his overall skills and athleticism, and came in prepared to play to his full potential this year. We have high expectations for Sean, and have full confidence in his ability to deliver. We wish him the best of luck and are certain he will make a great addition to Utica's program.”
"I really enjoy playing for the Hampton Roads Whalers and they have helped me attain the goal of committing to my number one choice school in Utica", stated Dickson. “I wouldn't be where I am today without the guidance from Coach Taylor and Mr. Cavanagh. I'm extremely excited to further my education and compete for a championship at such a great school, and I'm thankful for everyone who has helped me along the way.”
Utica College is located in Utica, NY and competes in the NCAA ECAC West division.
Dickson becomes the Whalers 1st commit of the 2017-18 after a year in which the Whalers saw 11 NAHL & college commitments. He will join former Whalers Alex Brissette, Jacob Gerson, and Vaden McManus as Utica commits.