WORCESTER, MA – The modus operandi Railers Head Coach Jamie Russell has been using to build his inaugural Railers team has been solid goaltending, combined with a fast-paced and smart forward and defensive corps.
That trend continued in the latest signing announced by the team Thursday morning.
Getting on the train for the 2017-18 season is Frankie DiChiara, a product from Yale University. DiChiaria joins Railers after spending the last four years (2013-17) at Yale University, where he played in 128 games, recorded 30 goals, 42 assists, 71 penalty minutes, a +8 rating for the Bulldogs.
The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Ronkonkoma, NY native had the best overall season of his career senior year, playing in 31 games, recording 10 goals, 11 assists, 28 penalty minutes, and was recipient of the John Poinier award, which is awarded to the best defensive player.
“Frank plays a solid 200-foot game, as evidenced by his defensive player of the year award at Yale,” said Russell. “He has size, shoots it very well and can play the point on the power play. He is a proven winner, as he won a championship in the USHL and in the NCAA ranks. Frankie will be an impact rookie in the ECHL.”
Prior to joining the Bulldogs, DiChiara was a member of the 2012-13 Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United State Hockey League (USHL). He played in 64 games for the Fighting Saints, putting up 30 goals, 30 assists, 18 penalty minutes, and a +26 rating. He also scored the Clark Cup winning goal for the Saints in May 2013.
He also spent a year with the St. Louis Bandits of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) playing in 59 games for the Bandits, where he recorded 23 goals, 28 assists, 28 penalty minutes, and a +20 rating.
DiChiara’s addition to the Railers gives them ten on the preseason roster, with more signings still to be announced.
For the latest list of player signings across the ECHL, visit our 2017 ECHL Transactions page!