Dickman and USA men's ice hockey team begin play at Maccabiah Games next week

Dickman and USA men's ice hockey team begin play at Maccabiah Games next week

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey May graduate Josh Dickman (Kapaa, Hawaii/Saint Paul's School) will represent the United States at the 20th Maccabiah Games, which begins next week in Israel, as he earned a spot on a Maccabi USA men's ice hockey team.

Dickman made the team after attending a June 2016 tryout in Philadelphia, and will be playing for former Saint Michael's assistant coach Casey Fratkin. Fratkin will be serving as the lone assistant behind head coach Greg Gardner, who is currently the associate coach with Mercyhurst (Pa.) University. The Maccabi USA team, which will compete in the Open division, took the silver medal at the 2013 Games, falling to Canada in the finals.

Dickman was one of 18 college ice hockey players from the NCAA Division I, II and III and club levels chosen for the 21-man roster when it was announced in December, and among 13 forwards, for a competition held every four years. Team USA opens the tournament on July 5 against Canada before facing Russia two days later, the host nation on July 10, and Germany on July 13. The medal rounds begin the following day. Follow Dickman and Team USA's progress on their Twitter account @maccabihockey.

The 5-foot-7 Dickman, who appeared in 22 of his team's 27 games last season, notched nine goals and seven assists, matching his career high in goals while finishing only one off the team lead. He tied for ninth in the Northeast-10 Conference in goals while tying for sixth in power-play tallies (4) and tying for second in game-winners (3). Dickman finished his 72-game career with 26 goals and 21 assists.

The Maccabiah Games debuted in 1932, and they have been held every four years in Israel since 1953 in the year following the Olympic Games. In 2013, more than 9,000 world-class athletes from 75 countries participated in the 19th Maccabiah Games, making it the third-largest international sports competition in the world behind only the Olympics and FIFA World Cup. For more information about the 2017 Games, head to maccabiah.com/2017.

Maccabi USA was founded in 1948, and it seeks to help Israel develop as a nation through physical education and sport, and to promote fitness and athletics among Jewish youth in the United States and in Israel. The organization strives, through sports competitions, to provide American athletes with a Jewish experience: to enrich lives, to heighten their sense of Jewish identity and to strengthen their feelings of Jewish pride. Visit maccabiusa.com for further information.