By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express
The speculation and rumours surrounding Oshawa Generals’ now former captain Michael Dal Colle have finally been put to rest after he was traded to the Kingston Frontenacs on the first day of 2016.
Dal Colle, who has been the topic of trade rumours since the start of the season, was shipped north to Kingston in exchange for right-winger Robbie Burt, a second round draft pick in both 2017 and 2019 and a third round pick in 2018 and 2022.
Dal Colle, who helped lead Oshawa’s Memorial Cup winning team with 93 points last season, had a relatively slow start to this season after being sent back from training camp with the New York Islanders, earning 25 points in 30 games.
“Michael has done it all for this club,” Roger Hunt, the team’s vice president and general manager, stated in a new release. “He has served as an assistant captain, a captain and has led to team to the 2015 Memorial Cup.”
The 19-year-old Woodbridge native was picked seventh overall in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection and in four seasons with the Generals has put up 104 goals and 157 assists, totalling 261 points in 216 games with the club. In 2014, Dal Colle was drafted by the Islanders fifth overall in the first round of the NHL draft.
“He has meant an incredible amount to the community and our organization. He will always have a special place in the Oshawa Generals organization” Hunt stated.
And while Dal Colle leaves, the Generals get set to welcome a new face.
“On the other side of saying goodbye to a player, we are also welcoming in a new player,” Hunt stated. “(Robbie Burt) will add to an already impressive ’99 class.”
The six-foot, 209-pound Hillsburgh, Ont. native was drafted 11th overall by Kingston in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection and has played in 24 games with the club this year, scoring a pair of goals and adding two assists.
With the Mississauga Rebels last year, Burt picked up 53 points in 64 games.
Dal Colle is the second Gens player to be shipped to Kingston, joining teammate Stephen Desrocher who was traded earlier in the season for another crop of draft picks.