Dylan Dix commits to University of Utah
The Utah Outliers are pleased to announce that defenseman and Assistant Captain, Dylan Dix has committed to play college hockey for the University of Utah's ACHA Div 1 men's hockey team for the 2019-20 season.
Dix, a California native, saw action in 49 games this season with the Outliers picking up 31 points on two goals and 31 assists. Upon arriving in Utah, his vast experience and leadership helped propel the Outliers to a terrific season and strong playoff run.
After considering options at the NCAA level and professional hockey overseas, Dix decided to make the commitment to stay in Utah and play college hockey for the Utes. Dix had this to say regarding his commitment, "Having played junior hockey in various cities across the U.S. and spending some time in Canada I fell in love with Salt Lake City and the state of Utah. When deciding where to spend the next several years of my life I had to take into consideration not only hockey but academics and I feel the University of Utah offers me the best combination of both. The coaching staff at the "U" has a great plan to grow the program and I am excited to be part of it."
Of Dix's commitment to Utah, Head Coach Paul Taylor said, “Dylan played a big role in our team’s success last season and was a consistent defenseman on our blue line. He logged a ton of minutes for us and played in all key situations. Dylan is a big strong kid who plays a tough brand of hockey but added a lot of skill to his position over the course of the season. He was also a vocal leader in our dressing room and I expect him to bring that same type of leadership to his college team next season. I expect Dylan to be an impact player and excel at University of Utah."
Assistant Coach, Austin Balko believes Dix will make an easy transition to the college level. "Dylan has a strong compete level and is very driven to win. I believe he will be a driving force for his team next year and add a blend of skill and toughness to the group. He is very physical and can be intimidating to play against but also possesses the skills to be an impact player."
The defenseman was excited about his experience with the Outliers. “I was blown away by the Outliers training center and attention to detail that the coaching staff showed, not only team systems but player development. The coaches helped me improve and expand my offensive game and become more than a stay-at-home defenseman. We had an amazing group of guys on the team and I created some lifelong friendships. I could not have asked for a better end to my junior career."
The Utah Outliers organization wants to thank Dylan for all his contributions to our program. We look forward to watching him lace up his skates for the Utes next season!