Friday, August 22, 2008

Walch to Saginaw, Golembiewski to USHL

According to the Western College Hockey blog, two players from last season's United States National Under-17 Team won't be back to play with the Under-18 Team this season and one United States Hockey League skater is also moving on.

Two have implications with the Plymouth Whalers and Saginaw Spirit.

Des Moines Buccaneers defenseman Brad Walch (pictured) will be playing with Saginaw. Walch received some college interest last season, but is a Saginaw native, so he will be playing close to home. The Spirit drafted Walch, the first Saginaw native to play for the Spirit, in the fifth round (82nd overall) of the 2007 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection out of the Honeybaked '91s.

NTDP defenseman Bjorn Krupp signed with the Belleville Bulls. Krupp, and his father, Uwe, reportedly didn't feel that Bjorn received enough playing time with the NTDP last season.

Also, NTDP forward and Michigan State recruit Zach Golembiewski has left the NTDP and will be playing for the Indiana Ice next season. The Whalers selected Golembiewski, a St. Clair native, in the fifth round (93rd overall) in 2007 after he won a national title with the Belle Tire minor midgets.

Golembiewski's teammate from Belle Tire, smallish defenseman Torey Krug (Livonia), will also be playing for the Ice this season and Krug is also a Plymouth draft selection, having been taken in the 13th round (259th overall) a year ago.

Goaltender Brett Bennett, a one-time Plymouth draft pick in 2004, (seventh round, 133rd overall, Honeybaked '88s), left Boston University after last season and will also play in Indiana this year. Bennett should be pushed by Chris Paliafito, who played part of last year with the Traverse City North Stars.

Saginaw's second-round pick (38th overall) from this past May, forward John Parker, has also signed with Indiana.

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