The biggest news of this afternoon is Zac Dalpe staying on course and is heading to Ohio State. He was a second round draft pick of the Carolina Hurricanes this summer. It looked like he would be heading to the Ontario Hockey League after being drafted by the Hurricanes. In May, the Plymouth Whalers drafted him in the second round of the OHL Draft. The Whalers and the Hurricanes are both owned by Peter Karmanos.
Last year with Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League he had 27 goals and 36 assists in 46 games.
The London Knights and the Peterborough Petes completed a minor trade today. The Petes will receive Tony Romano for a conditional eighth round pick in 2009. He was a sixth round pick of the New Jersey Devils in 2006. In the 2006-2007 season, he played at Cornell where he had nine goals and ten assists in 29 contests. He signed with the London Knights last summer and this past season he had 12 goals and 10 assists.
James Bettauer has signed on with the Chilliwack, Bruins. He was Dalpe's teammate last year with the Penticton Vees. He had three assists in 42 games. The Kamloops Blazers have signed Ryan Hanes. He was a fifth round selection in the 2007 Draft. He played with Thompson Blazers of the BC Major Midget League.
The OHL and the WHL will begin drug testing this season. The CHL cleared up how teams can bring free agents into camp that don't belong to their territory. Most likely this is a direct result from QMJHL teams picking up players from Ontario. After going through a couple of OHL Drafts, Claude Giroux and Paul Byron found a home with the Gatineau Olympiques. Giroux was a 1st round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers in 2006. He should be with the Flyers this season. Byron was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the sixth round of the 2007 Draft.
USA Hockey continues to hide stories. The USA Under-17 Select team (Not the NTDP Team) lost to Slovakia 3-2 in a tune up contests for the 2008 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament. Aaron Harstad and Max Edson. It will be another three days until they post the results of the Switzerland game that took place today to kick the tournament off.
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