Not long after midnight, the Hurricanes announced that they had traded Jeremy Welsh and Zac Dalpe to the Vancouver Canucks for RW Kellan Tochkin and a fourth round pick.
Bob McKenzie tweeted the following:
Dalpe’s ability at center can serve Vancouver well, and Welsh should be familiar with the area, as Utica is a mere hour away from Schenectady, New York, where he attended college at Union.
Dalpe’s younger brother Ben, a frequent Checkers fan and Charlotte visitor, is currently playing for the Pencticton Vees before starting college at Clarkson next fall. Penticton is in the Okanagan valley, and a short drive from Vancouver, which should serve the brothers well.
Tochkin is a native of Abbotsford, British Columbia. He played five years in the WHL with the Everett Silvertips, Medicine Hat Tigers and Prince Albert Raiders. One and a half of those seasons was spent with Rasmus Rissannen in Everett, who he is expected to join in Charlotte as a member of the Charlotte Checkers. Last year, Tochkin played for the Missouri Mavericks, and was to begin the season with the Utica Comets.
As for the departures from the Hurricanes organization… both personally and professionally, I will miss Zac Dalpe a great deal. He is a character guy on and off the ice. He gave great post-game interviews, and played at 110% each and every night. He was a huge asset to the organization, and will be missed.
I’d anticipate a formal release from the Checkers in the morning. Until then, Let’s Go Checkers.