Friday, December 31, 2010

UMD's Olsen fails out of school, signs pro contract

When Dylan Olsen returns from the World Junior Championships where he is currently playing for Team Canada, he won't return to his college program at the University of Minnesota-Duluth where he has played for the past year and a half. Instead the first round draft pick of the Chicago Blackhawks will report to Rockford of the American Hockey League.

Olsen reportedly has signed a 3 year entry level deal with the Blackhawks according to Duluth News Tribune writer Kevin Pates.

Rumors started to swirl late last night about this story and Grand Forks Herald writer Brad Elliott Schlossman who was in Duluth last night for the opening of Amsoil arena between UMD and North Dakota notes that it looks like Olsen's signing has to do with an academic situation.

I had heard rumors over the summer that Olsen had struggled during his first year at Duluth academically so this news isn't entirely surprising.

The loss of Olsen will certainly be a hit for a Bulldog squad who is having an outstanding season ranked in the top 5 in both major national polls.
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