The Vancouver Stealth have re-signed forward Dean Hill to a one-year contract agreement. (Photo: Scott Pierson)
The Vancouver Stealth announced that they have re-signed Dean Hill to a one-year contract for the 2014 season as he enters his third year with the Stealth. Hill has played with four different teams during his eight-year career in the NLL, competing in 89 career games during that span. He’s also put up some impressive numbers throughout his career, tallying 234 points (123+111) and 202 loose balls in regular season and playoffs combined.
With the addition of the Hagersville, Ontario native, the Stealth have secured what they believe to be a productive scorer for the 2014 season.
“Dean is a savvy goal scorer who gives an added dimension to our offense. He causes opposing defenses lots of concern because when he has the ball he’s a threat,” said Stealth president and general manager Doug Locker.
Hill came to the Stealth in 2012 and couldn’t be happier about the opportunity to continue his career with the Stealth.
“I’m really happy to be back. This is the team I want to play for. I was a restricted free agent and there was only one team I wanted to play with and that was Vancouver,” said Hill.
Hill is coming off a solid 2013 season, tallying 20 goals during the regular season, behind only Athan Iannucci (22), Lewis Ratcliff (31), and Rhys Duch (45) for most goals. Hill also finished 6th on the team in scoring with 38 points (20g, 18a) and added another 3 points (1g, 2a) in 3 playoff games with the Stealth.
The 2014 season will bring a few changes, with the most significant being the Stealth’s move to Vancouver, but Hill is looking forward to the opportunity of playing in a new home and in his home country.
“It’s pretty special to play in Canada. I’m from Ontario but I have family and friends here, so to get the opportunity to play in front of them is pretty special,” said Hill.
The expectations are high and will remain as such for a team that came just short of winning the Champion's Cup last year. Hill knows that missed opportunity will help provide some extra motivation for the team.
“I think our expectations are just like every team. We want to win that Championship and I think we have the team to do it,” said Hill.
The journey for another trip to the league championship begins in Colorado on January 4, followed by the Stealth’s home opener at Langley Events Centre on January 11 against the Minnesota Swarm.