2009 - Doug Dyment
A defensive specialist, who played “on the edge.”
A former 2x freestyle wrestling Canadian Champion, Doug started playing touch football in 1978 in the Abbotsford league. He played for the Vikings in Abbotsford, Corum Construction and the Trojans in Mission. When he moved to Vancouver he was “ looking for a competitive team”.. and the Dolphins had the desire and leadership he sought. "They were a serious team that worked hard and knew what it took to win."
“In 86 - We got the Dyment Brothers and that changed our whole team,” says Dale. For the next six years -- they were unbeatable.
It wasn’t long before Doug was captain of the defence.
“In 1988 we changed how Defence was played. It used do be zones, where the corner cover his zone or played man on man. We changed that -- I created a pendulum defence where everyone could play any position and cover any area.” he says.
Pretty soon it was being copied by all the elite teams.The Thunder in tribute .. called it the Dolphin. [See Dolphins ]
There were better athletes on other teams, - but we were a serious team, worked very hard, knew what it took to win. On defence as player if you got your hands on the ball you caught it. One opportunity to change the game.
And they practiced and practiced, more than any other team. “4 days a week we had long practices or played. Travel in summer time across the country and into the states to play."
The Dolphins not only payed attention to the details on their team but they studied other teams. They had a trainer, Larry Crawly, hired him to tape teams from back east so we could be prepared. They watched “game films - studied and worked hard -- knew other team tendancies so when it was 3 rd down we knew what they were going to do.”
In 1999 Doug was semi -retired. It was October and he got a call at midnight to fly to Montreal.... the Dolphins needed him one last time for Nationals. He got on a plane.
And yet it's not the individual or team plays Doug remembers most -- it was after the games, hanging with his teammates -- that's what made football worth playing.
7 time National Champion:
Captain of the Dolphins Defence:
A feared defender even by this teammates:
“I was so glad when he joined (The Dolphin) because it meant I didn’t have to play against him. Then at practice I realized I’ld have to play against him TWICE a week.”
" He knew how to win and could change the momentum of a game. He once had a collision on the field and the ambulance was called (and he was taken into the ambulance) -- and he came out to the ambulance to play in the second half."