By Austin Monteith
COVENTRY, England — Dillon Eichstadt will cross the pond to play for the Coventry Blaze of the Elite Ice Hockey League next season. The English team announced Wednesday that the Bemidji native and former Bemidji State captain will join the Blaze for the 2019-20 season.
Eichstadt, a 6-foot defenseman, recorded 32 points (6g-26a) in 134 career collegiate games. The former Bemidji Lumberjack notched career highs in points (14), goals (3) and assists (11) as a senior last season. Most notably, Eichstadt scored the game-winning goal in a frigid overtime win over Michigan Tech on the outdoor Hockey Day Minnesota rink beside Lake Bemidji in January.
As a sophomore, Eichstadt was a member of the Beavers’ MacNaughton Cup-winning squad in 2016-17 as WCHA regular-season champions.
After graduating from Bemidji High School, Eichstadt played three seasons of junior hockey and was a member of the Clark Cup-champion Sioux Falls Stampede in the 2014-15 USHL season.
“We are excited about Dillon,” Blaze head coach Danny Stewart said in a release. “He’s coming from a great program at Bemidji and has had a lot of success there. He’s a proven winner, lifting championships in the USHL and NCAA. We are getting a very mobile, puck moving defenceman that plays well on both sides of the puck. He’s got a good work ethic and offensive upside. He’s an engine that can log good minutes for us and we will look to him to contribute at both ends of the ice.”
The EIHL is composed of 10 teams located across the United Kingdom.