Worcester, MA — The Worcester Railers announced the signing of rookie forward Frankie Dichiara on Thursday.

Dichiara, a 23-year old from Ronkonkoma, NY, who spent the last four seasons at Yale University. In 127 games played, he amassed 72 points, tallying 30 goals and 42 assists for the Bulldogs. During his senior year, he was awarded the John Poiner award, given to the best defensive player on the Yale hockey team.

“Frank plays a solid 200-foot game, as evidenced by his defensive player of the year award at Yale,” said Railers coach Jamie 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.”

Dichaiara skated one season with the St. Louis Bandits of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), scoring 21 goals in 68 games and was named to the NAHL’s top Prospect All-Star and all-rookie team.

Prior to his college career, Dichiara played one season in the United State Hockey League (USHL) for the Dubuque Fighting Saints alongside Worcester Railer Kyle McKenzie during the 2012-13 season. He contributed to their Clark Cup Championship run by scoring the game winning goal to clinch the championship.

With the addition of Dichiara, the Railers have currently have six forwards, three defensemen, and a goaltender. Additional signing announcements are expected in the coming weeks.

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