Once in a while we hear a coach talking about a player who plays bigger than he is, a player who will run through a wall to win a loose ball, much less a game. Dane Dobbie is one of those guys. Year in and year out, Dobbie’s crashing the crease with little regard for his physical well-being. It’s a reckless style of play, watching the 5-foot-8, 180-pounder paying the price. But it’s Dobbie’s style and when he’s putting up the stats the way he is, no one’s gonna get him to do it differently. And it’s not like he’d listen anyway. It’s how he rolls.
His National Lacrosse League production dropped a bit in 2012 but he did miss 3 games with an injury. So his 50 points on 28 goals and 22 assists were a career-low for a full season. He pretty much missed the month of February and his game clearly didn’t back on track until late March. He averaged 3.6 points in his first 7 games, then dropped 4.2 per game in his final 6 that included a 6-point, a 7-point and a pair of 4-point games. And his 10 power-play goals were second-best on the team behind Shawn Evans’ 13.
Numbers be damned, though, because even though his time on the floor was limited, his passion wasn’t and he was continually picking himself up off the floor, only to come back for more. Again and again. It’s the same zeal we see when he plays summer ball out west for the Coquitlam Adanacs, where he again was the team’s leading scorer in the regular season with 58 points (29-29).
And when it came time to tune in for the chase for the Mann Cup, Dobbie dialed it up a notch further. He scored 45 points (25-20) in 11 playoff games to lead the A’s to the WLA finals before they were eliminated by the Langley Thunder. Only Langley’s Lewis Ratcliff had more playoff points, with 49 in 10 games.
So if it’s offense you want, you want a forward for your roster. If it’s offense fueled by passion and desire, then it’s Dane Dobbie you want for your roster.
Fact: In 4 regular seasons with the Coquitlam Adanacs, Dobbie has been the team’s leading scorer for 3of them. He was third in 2011.
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