ILIndoor Top 50: Dane Dobbie #12

Dane Dobbie's relentless drive to score goals is matched by few in the game today. (Photo: Brad Watson)
Dane Dobbie's relentless drive to score goals is matched by few in the game today. (Photo: Brad Watson)

There are plenty of shooters in lacrosse today. And if you wanted to narrow that scope, there are still a lot of shooters with a knack for finishing. Fine-tune that perspective a bit more, and you’ll find a shooter with a knack for finishing who is fueled by a motor so revved up that he doesn’t care what it takes to get his job done. That’s the path we take to find Dane Dobbie, the 5-foot-8, 180-pound left-hander out of Elora, Ont. Dobbie, whether he’s with the National Lacrosse League’s Calgary Roughnecks or the Western Lacrosse Association’s Langley Thunder, can usually be found on the floor after a goal because of the price he’s paid to get into position. He doesn’t seem to care, because the glory of the goal outweighs the pain of the price and it’s his way of doing this that lands him on ILIndoor’s Top 50.

It’s almost enough to make you cringe, because you know Dobbie’s not the biggest horse in the race. Yet there he is, game after game, with reckless abandon to do what needs to be done in the offensive end. And yes, his 72 points (40-43) were third-most for Calgary last winter in just 13 games but what’s often lost in Dobbie’s points is the intangible of the kind of goals he scores.

Dobbie’s work in his end has a tendency to energize a team. It’s not that the goals are fancy and drop your jaw — which isn’t to say he’s not capable of that — it’s just that very often his goals come at important junctures that either spark a roll for the Riggers or stem the opponent’s momentum.

His summer goals do that as well and after 5-plus seasons with Coquitlam, a mid-summer trade took Dobbie’s work ethic to Langley. In the 9 games he played for Coquitlam before the trade, he had already racked up 48 points (22-26). He dropped 14 points (7-7) in 6 regular-season games for the Thunder before carding 14 points (9-5) in 8 playoff games.

Points are Dobbie’s specialty, but they’re not style points. And that doesn’t really matter in the grand scheme because beyond the points, it’s the understanding that Dobbie is a reliable contributor for a team’s offense and he’s one area of the team you know is in good hands.

ILIndoor’s take

“Some observers compare him to a left-handed Shawn Evans because of his commitment to battling for whatever he can get on the floor that will help his team to win. Dobbie is a consistent scoring threat who has twice hit the 40-goal mark and four times has scored at least 34 in a season.” – Stephen Stamp

“Dobbie’s one of those players where it’s easy to see how he’s loved and disliked all at the same time. If you’re on his team, you love the way he leads by example. And if you’re playing against him, you can’t stand the way he beats you for goals while also not being afraid to get in your dome by trading conversation. Much like Benesch in this list earlier in the week, Dobbie’s got a style all his own and say what you want about it, but it gets the job done.” – Bob Chavez

“Almost reads the same as Benesch. Health issues are the question mark in Dobbie’s case, skill is not. Dane has been one of the most creative players in the NLL over the last 5 years. His game has become the brand of lacrosse Calgary plays with pinpoint passing and quick destruction of teams who fall asleep. Dobbie defies odds with his ability to get to the net and take the punishment that bigger men dole out. No stranger to getting under the skin of his defenders, Dane is always worth the price of admission.” – Marty O’Neill

Top 50

No. 50: Aaron Bold
No. 49: Brad Self
No. 48: Jesse Gamble
No. 47: Rory Smith
No. 46: Kiel Matisz
No. 45: Lewis Ratcliff
No. 44: Johnny Powless
No. 43: Tyler Hass
No. 42: Sid Smith
No. 41: Brett Mydske
No. 40: Stephan Leblanc
No. 39: Kevin Ross
No. 38: Jeff Moleski
No. 37: Drew Westervelt
No. 36: Jeff Gilbert
No. 35: Ryan Ward
No. 34: Cory Vitarelli
No. 33: Kyle Sorensen
No. 32: Corey Small
No. 31: Shawn Williams
No. 30: Scott Ranger
No. 29: Mark Steenhuis
No. 28: Casey Powell
No. 27: Josh Sanderson
No. 26: Brandon Miller
No. 25: Mike Grimes
No. 24: Chris Corbeil
No. 23: Kevin Crowley
No. 22: Geoff Snider
No. 21: John Tavares
No. 20: Mark Matthews
No. 19: Dan Dawson
No. 18: Andrew Suitor
No. 17: Jordan MacIntosh
No. 16: Adam Jones
No. 15: Callum Crawford
No. 14: Tyler Richards
No. 13: Ryan Benesch

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