ESTERO, Fla. -- Florida Everblades General Manager Craig Brush along with Director of Hockey Operations and Head Coach Brad Ralph announced on Wednesday the signing of forward Dylan Vander Esch. Vander Esch will be competing as a professional for the third season.
Vander Esch, a San Jose, Calif. Native, did not compete during the 2020-21 season. Most recently, he appeared in 31 games with the ECHL’s Newfoundland Growlers in 2019-20, recording eight goals and nine assists in 31 games. Earlier in the 2020-21 season, Vander Esch skated with two different clubs in the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL). He registered four goals and five points in seven games with the Fayetteville Marksmen, while also appearing in two contests with the Knoxville Ice Bears.
Previously, Vander Esch tallied 11 goals and four assists over 49 games with the ECHL’s Greenville Swamp Rabbits in 2018-19.
The SUNY-Potsdam alum began his professional career in 2017-18, collecting seven goals and nine assists in 12 games with the SPHL’s Macon Mayhem, while also making his ECHL debut, appearing in one game with the Wheeling Nailers.
As a Potsdam Bear, Vander Esch skated in 100 games, scoring 62 goals and dishing out 39 assists. One of the university’s all-time top players, Vander Esch ranks seventh all-time in career goals and 17th in career points, while also holding the school’s career record of nine game-winning goals.
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