John Dzikowski (1966-2006)
Philadelphia Flyers 1984 draft pick John Dzikowski played a single season with the Hershey Bears in 1986-87. In 61 games he registered 13 goals and the same number of assists. The forward played both left wing and center coming out of junior hockey with the Brandon Wheat Kings (junior home of current Bears star Eric Fehr).
After additional stops in the IHL with the Kalamazoo K-Wings and then in the feldgling ECHL, Dzikowski retired from professional hockey. The Manitoba native worked as an engineer for McCains Food Canada and remained in the game by playing weekly and coaching.
On May 17, 2006 Dzikowski passed away as a result of diabetic shock.