Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Whalers draft picks opt for NCAA

Brett Bennett, the Plymouth Whalers' seventh-round pick last May, has reportedly given his verbal commitment to Boston University and will start his collegiate career in the fall of 2006.

Likewise, forward Kevin Swallow, an 18-year-old Stanwood native, has given the nod to Dartmouth College for this coming fall.

A 6-foot-2, 175-pound goalie from Williamsville, NY, Bennett played last year for the HoneyBaked '88 minor midgets and is currently with the U.S. Under-17 Development Team in Ann Arbor. With HoneyBaked, Bennett led the team to a state championship last March as they defeated a game Compuware squad.

Bennett turns 17 on Mar. 8.

Swallow, also a seventh-round Plymouth draft pick (2002), plays for the Chicago Steel of the USHL. He played last year for the U.S. National Development Team and Compuware two years ago.

Last November, defenseman Mark Mitera (Livonia) signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Michigan this fall. He was selected in the second round by Plymouth in 2003.

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