The first-place team in the Ontario Hockey League has added to its skill, spunk and seasoning. In what sets up as a shrewd, calculated move, the Ottawa 67’s have obtained 2000 birth-year forward Daylon Groulx from the Owen Sound Attack.
To get the gritty Groulx — who Owen Sound took in the fourth round of the 2016 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft — the 67s sent three future draft picks (a third, a fourth and a sixth) to the Attack.
Groulx, who plays both center and right wing, has appeared in 169 regular-season games over parts of four terms with Owen Sound, totaling 42 goals, 33 assists, 75 points, along with 236 penalty minutes.
This season with the Attack, Groulx had 9 goals, 8 assists, 17 points in 36 games.
“Daylon is an experienced player who brings additional skill, depth and toughness to our line-up,” relayed Ottawa general manager James Boyd in reference to the 6-foot, 180-pound Groulx.
Meanwhile, Owen Sound general manager Dale DeGray had plenty good to say about Groulx upon trading the hard-nosed, veteran forward.
“It was not easy to move a guy like Daylon. He was a big presence in our room and been great for us on the ice. We’re sending him to a great organization and we wish him the best of luck.
“This move is not only going to be good for Groulx, it’s going to help clear out some space for our younger forwards that have earned the playing time. We’ll be counting on them to step up and fill the hole that Daylon leaving is going to make,” DeGray added.
Groulx is the son of Wayne Groulx, who starred for the Soo Greyhounds from 1981 to 1985 and is the franchise’s all-time leading points-getter.