Haiden Dickson Named WLA Co-MVP

by Paul Horn

The Western Lacrosse Association today named Haiden Dickson Most Valuable Player for the 2023 Season, an award he'll share with the Nanaimo's Zach Manns.

While Manns was the league's top point earner, it was Dickson who topped the WLA in goals.  It was Dickson's second time doing so after scoring 40 in his rookie campaign.

This year Dickson notched 53 markers and 78 points overall.  It was the first time since 2007 that a WLA player has crested the 50 goal mark.  Ironically, that player was Curtis Dickson (no relation to Haiden).  The last time a Salmonbellie scored more that 50 was 2007 when Athan Iannucci potted 51 goals.

Dickson and Manns also tied for the league lead in game-wining goals at 4 apiece.  And Haiden had 9 power play goals, 4th in the league.

Dickson earned Rookie of the Year last season and was an all-star in both of his WLA seasons.  He was the only Bellie player to suit up for all 18 regular season games.  In fact, he has never missed a game since becoming a Salmonbellie and currently sits at 39 consecutive games played.

Dickson (along with teammates Mitch and Jason Jones and Logan Schuss) is a product of the Delta Islanders minor and junior system.  The 6'1" right-hander has played for the NLL Calgary Roughnecks since 2020.

Photo: J. Walliser 2023