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Dunbar Resumes For 21-22

After a season with Germany’s Rostock Piranhas where he netted 11 goals and 56 points across 46 starts, Canadian John Dunbar will return for a 4th Flames season when Elite League action gets underway for the first time in more than 18 months.  The 29-year-old winger topped the club’s points chart in 2019-2020 with 11 goals and 42 assists across 57 league and Cup outings.  The new season follows up on 53 goals and 215 points in 196 starts since arriving in 2017-2018 when he led the league in assists and received a 2nd All-star team nod.

"I am thrilled to have re-signed in Guildford,” said Dunbar. “It was a strange season but I am grateful for the Rostock Piranhas giving me an opportunity to play. I can’t wait to get back to Guildford and I look forward to a great season ahead with the Flames."

The 5’8”, 175lb skater arrived at Spectrum fresh off a 19 goal, 50 point showing at Norfolk Admirals of the East Coast Hockey League that followed a short stint at French 2nd league outfit Mulhouse, where he had 6 goals and 7 assists in 8 starts before the American transfer. 

During the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 seasons, the Calgary native played college hockey at Edmonton’s Northern Alberta Institute of Technology where he was the league’s leading scorer in consecutive years thanks to 65 and 57 point terms in a combined 64 games where he delivered 54 goals and 68 assists.  His team collected back to back league titles and he was also singled out as Player of the year, and a First All Star team selection, in each of the terms.

Dunbar played a pair of full time seasons with Calgary Canucks in the Alberta Junior Hockey League where he was an All Rookie team selection in 2008-2009 and a Southern Conference All Star in 2009-2010.  In 145 AJHL games, he had 62 goals and 95 assists along with another 22 points in 25 playoff starts.  He followed that with a couple of NCAA seasons at Quinnipiac University ahead of his first foray in the pro game with Pensacola Ice Flyers in the Southern Professional Hockey League in 2012-2013. That season also marked his first ECHL try when he played 17 times with Fort Wayne Komets. He split the following schedule between those same clubs before moving closer to home with his NAIT success.

“John has put up more points with us in the last 3 seasons than anyone else, and he was able to continue that last season during his German tour,” said Head Coach Paul Dixon.

“Obviously there has been a lot of uncertainty over more than a year while we tried to wait out the public health situation.  It’s difficult to tell how many players we might be able to get back from the last time we iced, but certainly great and exciting news for the club to know now that John will be in the line up when we kick things off.” 

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