Paul Dixon (ice hockey)

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Paul Dixon
Born (1973-08-04) 4 August 1973 (age 43)
Sunderland, UK
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Defence/Head Coach
Shoots Right
EPIHL team
Former teams
Guildford Flames
Durham Wasps
Humberside Seahawks
Sheffield Steelers
Newcastle Vipers
Playing career 1989–present

Paul Dixon (Born 4 August 1973) is an ice hockey defenceman, player-coach; from Sunderland, England. He is currently the Player/Head Coach of the Guildford Flames.

Playing career[edit]

After working his way through the Durham Wasps youth system, he made his first appearance for the senior side in the 1989/90 season. After the 1990/91 season, Dixon moved to the Hull-based Humberside Seahawks where he helped them gain promotion to the Heineken League Premier Division Dixon then played a season with the Sheffield Steelers where he and the team achieved the same feat. He moved back home to play for the Durham Wasps for 3 years until they were sold and moved to Newcastle Upon Tyne in 1996, where he spent another 3 years playing for the Newcastle-based team, who are now known as Newcastle Vipers.

In the summer of 1999 Dixon made the move South to Surrey based outfit the Guildford Flames where he remains as Player/Head Coach. From the start of his Flames career Dixon was given the 'Alternate Captain' position, after being awarded the Alan Weeks Trophy in 2001, he was made captain of the side, a position he held until taking over as head coach in 2007. Thus making him the longest serving Flames captain. During his time with the Flames, Dixon was selected to the British National League first all-star team on three occasions (2001, 2004 & 2005) and the second team once (2003), as well as the English Premier Ice Hockey League first all-star team in 2006 & 2007.[1] and second all-star team in 2008 and 2009. Since 1999, he has helped the Surrey team to an ntl: Christmas Cup championship as well as a BNL league title, two BNL play-off championships, 2 EPIHL League titles and 2 EPIHL Cup titles. He currently sits in 6th for All-time Flames points, and is the highest scoring defenceman.

Playing record[edit]

Year by Year Record

Includes Play-Offs & Cups

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty Minutes. All Stats from either Eurohockey.net' or Guildford Flames' websites

Club Year League GP G A Pts PIM
Durham Wasps 89–90 BHL 39 2 11 13 12
Durham Wasps 90–91 BHL 53 4 9 13 28
Humberside Seahawks 91–92 BHL 52 13 17 30 32
Sheffield Steelers 92–93 BNL 40 11 22 33 28
Durham Wasps 93–94 BNL 58 14 29 43 40
Durham Wasps 94–95 BNL 51 9 26 35 28
Durham Wasps 95–96 BNL 47 8 25 33 28
Newcastle Cobras 96–97 ISL 50 0 8 8 8
Newcastle Cobras 97–98 ISL 54 5 10 15 20
Newcastle Riverkings 98–99 ISL 52 4 2 6 6
Guildford Flames 99-00 BNL 50 7 32 39 30
Guildford Flames 00-01 BNL 62 5 27 32 40
Guildford Flames 01-02 BNL 37 2 12 14 22
Guildford Flames 02-03 BNL 59 8 23 31 36
Guildford Flames 03-04 BNL 64 10 40 50 16
Guildford Flames 04-05 BNL 68 6 37 43 22
Guildford Flames 05-06 EPL 50 11 27 38 24
Guildford Flames 06-07 EPL 59 12 46 58 66
Guildford Flames 07-08 EPL 54 9 38 47 48
Guildford Flames 08-09 EPL 57 7 30 37 32
Guildford Flames 09-10 EPL 59 6 32 38 44
Career Totals GP G A Pts. PiMs
1115 153 503 656 608
BHL 144 19 37 56 72
BNL 536 80 273 353 290
ISL 156 9 20 29 32
EPL 289 45 173 218 214

Coaching career[edit]

For the 2005/2006 season, Head Coach Stan Marple announced that Dixon would be undertaking Assistant Coach duties while still playing for the Guildford Flames. During the 2006/2007 Season, Marple announced it would be his last and that Dixon would take over as Player/Head Coach after the season.[2] His first new signing was star forward Lukas Smital from local rivals the Bracknell Bees.[3] In his first season as Flames coach Dixon led his team to another EPIHL Championship with a 30–5–5 league regular season record, earning him EPIHL coach of the year. 2008/09 was less successful with a 3rd-place finish in the league and no silverware with a regular season record of 34–17–3.

Coaching Career statistics[edit]

Including League, Cups and Playoffs

   
Year Team League Games W L OT/T  % Finish Playoffs Cup
2007–08 Guildford Flames EPIHL 61 43 13 5 0.745 1st Lost Semi-final Group Stage
2008–09 Guildford Flames EPIHL 61 38 18 5 0.664 3rd Lost Semi-final Runners Up
2009–10 Guildford Flames EPIHL 62 40 19 3 0.669 4th Runners Up Winners

International play[edit]

Dixon was first selected to play for Team GB in the 1995 IIHF World Championship Division I (Formerly Pool B). Between 1995 and 2004, Dixon made 54 Appearances scoring 4 goals and adding 15 assists. It was widely thought that Dixon had retired from International Ice Hockey, which was disproved in January 2008 with Dixon’s inclusion into the GB squad for the Euro tournament in France, although he had to pull out through injury.[4]

International playing record[edit]

Year-by-year record

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes. All stats from either Eurohockey.net

Competition Year GP G A Pts PIM
World Championships Group B 95 5 1 1 2 2
World Championships Group B 96 7 1 1 2 14
World Championships Group B 97 7 0 1 1 0
World Championships Group B 98 4 0 2 2 2
World Championships Qualification 99 3 0 0 0 0
World Championships Group B 99 7 0 1 1 0
World Championships Group B 00 7 0 2 2 0
World Championships Division 1 01 5 1 2 3 0
World Championships Division 1 02 5 0 3 3 2
World Championships Division 1 04 4 1 2 3 4
Totals GP G A Pts PIM
GB Totals 54 4 15 19 24

Honours and awards[edit]

  • Best defenceman at the European Junior Championships Pool C 1990–91
  • Player's Player 1999–00
  • Best British Defenceman 2000–01
  • Named to the BNL All Star First Team 2000–01, 2003–04 and 2004–05
  • Named to the BNL All Star Second Team 2002–03
  • Named to the EPIHL All Star Team First 2005–06 and 2006–07
  • Named to the EPIHL All Star Team Second 2007–08
  • Named EPIHL Coach of the Year 2007–08

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "British League All-star Teams". No Date. Retrieved on 14 May 2007.
  2. ^ "Marple steps back from Flames". 8 Sept. 2006. Retrieved on 13 May 2007.
  3. ^ "Smital Signs with Flames". 11 May 2007. Retrieved 13 May 2007.
  4. ^ "Great Britain name squad". 14 January 2008. Retrieved 28 August 2008.