Farewell John Dunbar
After spending 4 seasons with Flames as part of the initial core group of players that helped establish the club in Elite League, Canadian Forward John Dunbar will ice elsewhere in 22-23.
The 5’8”, 175lb skater opened his stint in Flames gear by topping the club in points thanks to 22 goals and a league leading 59 assists that earned him an EIHL 2nd All-Star team selection. He went on to total 244 Flames points from 60 goals and 184 assists across his 264 game stay. He also took part in the club’s first top flight trophy with the capture of the Patton Conference silver during the 2018-2019 set.
John has signed on with another EIHL team who will announce him in due course.
“We are in an industry that is sort the toy department of life because we get to work around playing a game for a living, but there are times when things are no fun, and this is one of those times,” said Head Coach Paul Dixon.
“We did make an offer to John to return for the coming season, but it was definitely not in the same role he had in years prior, and quite understandably he declined because he wants to get somewhere that will offer him the playing conditions he is looking for.”
“John has been an absolute star to this team over his time, not only on the ice but off of it also. He has given everything he has into making himself and his teammates better from one night to the next, and we cannot thank him enough for his massive contribution to our successful entry into this league.”
“He lives and breathes hockey, and he is a great person on top of that. From all aspects, he has been a true pleasure to coach. This was an exceedingly difficult decision for the club, and for me personally with the respect I have for John, and he will truly be missed in every part of our training and game days here at Spectrum.”
“We wish John nothing but happiness and success as he moves into his next playing arrangements with a new EIHL team.”