The Fargo Force made a pair of deadline deals earlier today. The club dropped forward Blake Clarke and added St. Paul Johnson (MN-HS) forward Jay Dickman.
Clarke, who is the only 1996-born player ever selected in the USHL Draft, was officially dropped from the team this afternoon. Clarke had one goal in 13 games, while posting a minus-nine ratings.
The youngster wasn’t seeing a lot of ice time, so he left the team to join a club that would get him on the ice more. Despite being on the active roster, Clarke hadn’t played in a game since November 26th.
Dickman is a power forward that is starting to garner the attention of scouts. The senior forward, who is built like a mule, is listed at 6-foot-5, 228 points on the Minnesota Hockey Hub. He had a stellar showing in the Upper Midwest Elite League and that has parlayed into a lon of success during his senior season at St. Paul Johnson.
The Governors have scored 98 goals and Dickman has been in on over half of them. He has netted 34 goals and 16 total points. His laser of a wrist shot has allowed him to net 10 power play goals in 22 games.
Dickman has 13 multi-point games this year, including a seven-point effort against Lake of the Woods and a five point game at Red Lake Falls. He is a smooth skater, with great hands and he is bigger and stronger than a lot of kids at the high school level.
After finishing out the regular season and playoffs with St. Paul Johnson, Dickman will join the Force for the remainder of its season. Fargo did the same thing with forwards Jonny Brodzinski and Nick Stoskopf last season.
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