May 16, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Anthony Greco, a Faribault, Minn., native who has played with the Des Moines Buccaneers in the USHL the last two years, has signed a National Letter of Intent to enroll at Ohio State and join the men's hockey program beginning in the fall, Mark Osiecki, Ohio State head coach, announced.
Greco is a highly skilled forward with top-end speed that creates a lot of offense, according to Osiecki. He led the Buccaneers with 24 assists and 46 points, ranking second with 22 goals, while playing in 58 regular-season games. He began his USHL career in 2010-11 with Waterloo, skating in 10 games before joining Des Moines for the final 32 regular-season games. He had 15 points in 2010-11, with 13 (7g, 6a) coming with the Buccaneers.
Joining Greco at Ohio State this August will be goalie Collin Olson, forward Tyler Lundey and defensemen Craig Dalrymple and Sam Jardine, who all signed NLIs last fall.
Olson, from Apple Valley, Minn., spent the last two years with the U.S. National Team Development Program. He was a member of Team USA that won the gold medal at the World Under-18 Championship in the Czech Republic in April. Olson was between the pipes in the tournament's gold medal game, stopping all 27 shots he faced, to earn Team USA's Player of the Game honor and he also was named the tournament's best goaltender. With the NTDP during 2011-12, Olson played in 38 games and had a 2.44 goals-against average and .902 save percentage. Olson is eligible for the 2012 NHL Draft and is 21st among North American goalies in the Central Scouting final rankings.
Dalrymple, from Kippen, Ontario, was with the Powell River Kings in the British Columbia Hockey League the last two seasons. This past year he was third on the team with 49 points in 55 regular-season games, including 20 goals and 29 assists, and had five postseason assists as the squad, which won the regular-season conference title, advanced to the Fred Page Cup Final. Dalrymple received the Best Defenceman Award for the BCHL Coastal Conference and was named a first team all-star.
Jardine, a native of Lacombe, Alberta, is a sixth round draft pick of the Chicago Blackhawks. He completed two full seasons with the Camrose Kodiaks in the Alberta Junior Hockey League and earned a spot on the Reebok South Division All-League Team this past year. Jardine had 30 points in 2011-12, with 11 goals and 19 assists, while playing in 51 regular-season games and earned the team's MVP award.
Middleton, Wis., native Tyler Lundey recently completed his second year with the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the United States Hockey League. He was second on the team with 45 points, with 20 goals and 25 assists, in 60 regular-season games. He had seven points in five postseason contests, scoring five goals.