The game of ice hockey can take players to places they’d never imagined. For Canton, MI native Dajon Mingo, his journey continues, playing professionally for the Jacksonville IceMen of the ECHL.
Mingo has always been what you could call a versatile player. At the age of 15, playing for Belle Tire U16 (Taylor, MI) he split time as a right winger and on the blue line. For the next two seasons, more of the same as he skated with Victory Honda U16 and U18 in Plymouth, MI, still close to home. His career took him away from home for the first time in the 2008-09 season when he joined the Yellowstone Quake of the NPHL in Cody, WY.
Following a very successful season, Mingo landed with the Kenai River Brown Bears in the NAHL and appeared in 20 games before being traded to Wenatchee where he finished the season strong, including a productive postseason with the Wild hosting the Robertson Cup Tournament. At this point in his career, he skated almost exclusively as a forward.
He opted to go the USHL route the following season, joining the Des Moines Buccaneers to wrap up his junior career.
Mingo then advanced to play Division I college hockey for Bowling Green State University, and had an immediate impact. He played in all 41 games as a freshman, and was named co-Rookie of the Year. Along with the hockey, he worked toward a major in human development and family studies.
During a redshirt junior season, Mingo transitioned back to defense, and played in all 39 games. The following season, after 9 games with the Falcons, he made the jump to pro hockey with the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL. In 2016-17 he spent the season with the Kalamazoo Wings, also of the ECHL. He moved on the following season, landing with the Jacksonville IceMen, playing mostly on defense but has been used at right wing occasionally in his pro career. He was also loaned to the Winnipeg Jets AHL team for three games, the Manitoba Moose. One of his highlights in the 2019 season was scoring the game-winning shootout goal in the ECHL All-Star Game.