Saint Paul, Minn. – The Minnesota Swarm today re-signed G Drew Dickie to a two-year contract and also agreed to two-year contracts with G Tyler Carlson, D Kiel Donahue, F Joel Henry, and F Sean Robinson.
Dickie, 26, was signed by the Swarm as a free agent on August 16, 2010 and spent this past season on the practice squad. As a member of the WLA’s Maple Ridge Buzzards this summer, the native of Winnipeg, Manitoba posted a 1-2 record, 11.55 GAA and a .769 SV% in six appearances. In 2010, Dickie played for the WLA’s Burnaby Lakers and finished 3-7 with a 9.81 GAA, and .793 SV%.
“Drew has done exactly what we’ve asked him to do,” Assistant General Manager Joe Sullivan said. “He’s played a ton of summer ball, he’s focused on getting himself better and he’s working out all the time. He’s now going to push for a position in Minnesota, which was something he wasn’t able to get solidified last year.”
Carlson, 23, has logged the most minutes of any goaltender (1,220:14) in the MSL this season, averaging 55:28 minutes a contest with the Ajax Rock. In 22 contests, he has compiled a 3-17 record with a 10.97 GAA, and .621 SV%. With the Rock in 2010, Carlson finished 1-5 with a 8.91 GAA and .791 SV% in nine appearances.
“I watched Tyler progress a lot with the Ajax Rock this year,” Sullivan said. “Ajax put enough faith in him and gave him the starting role in almost every game this season. Although they were a team that finished in the basement of the MSL, he kept them in every game the best he could and there were very few goals that he was responsible for. He’s going to be a big piece to our puzzle as far as who can push Nick Patterson and who’s going to be that backup goaltender in Minnesota.”
Donahue, 23, notched 17 points (10g, 7a) and went 7-23 on faceoffs in 15 games with the MSL’s Ajax Rock in 2011. Donahue won 57-120 faceoffs and recorded eight points (5g, 3a) in 15 games with the Rock in 2010.
“Kiel is an athletic defenseman that is very driven,” Sullivan said. “He’s focused on becoming a professional lacrosse player and his transition game is exceptional. His speed is phenomenal, he has very quick feet and he can finish. He’s going to bring what Andrew Watt brought to us three years ago.”
Henry, 23, participated in Swarm training camp in 2010, but did not make the team’s final 23-man roster. As a member of the WLA’s Nanaimo Timbermen in 2011, Henry notched 52 points (18g, 34a) in 17 games. In his three-year career with the Timbermen, the native of Cochrane, Alberta has posted 118 points (44g, 74a) in 39 games.
“Joel was one of our final cuts in training camp last year,” Sullivan said. “He’s played with Callum Crawford in Nanaimo in the past and the two played phenomenally well together. With Callum now playing in the Quebec league, Joel is still putting up the points that we had hoped that he would. He’s been working hard this offseason and has put on 15 pounds. He’s another young man that has done everything we’ve asked him to go do in the offseason, so we want to give him another opportunity to come play professional lacrosse in Minnesota.”
Robinson, 23, posted 25 points (7g, 18a) in 14 games with the WLA’s New Westminster Salmonbellies this summer. In four seasons with the Salmonbellies, the native of Coquitlam, British Canada has tallied 89 points (38g, 51a) in 45 games and has participated in three Mann Cups.
“Sean is a big body that plays with Rory Smith out in New Westminster,” Sullivan said. “I coached against him last year in the Mann Cup. He’s a young guy that hasn’t seen a ton of crucial playing time in the CLA, but with his size, ability to clear the ball and to finish…he’s a guy we’re looking at that can step in.”