Off The Post Throwback Thursday: Michael DiPietro Hockey Cards, Vancouver Canucks – In the latest Throwback Thursday edition of Off The Post, Vancouver Canucks goaltending prospect Michael DiPietro talks with our Russ Cohen in 2017.
Michael DiPietro went into the NHL Entry Draft in 2017 with strong credentials, having been named to the 2016-17 OHL Third All-Star Team after a 30-win season with the Windsor Spitfires. When he was picked 64th overall by Vancouver, the young Windsor, Ontario native saw fit to prove his worth and came out of the 2017-18 season with the goalie of the year honors in the O.
DiPietro remained in the OHL for one additional season but did get his first taste of the NHL when he was an emergency call-up. He made his Vancouver debut, unfortunately, less than favorable fashion, getting shelled for seven goals in his single night of action. DiPietro stayed in the Canucks system for 2019-20, showing promise in the AHL where he went 21-11-2 with a .908 save percentage as part of the Utica Comets. His determination, in particular, was recognized by Comets’ management.
“Outstanding person, outstanding player, a work ethic like nobody I’ve come across,” said Comets general manager and Canucks senior director of player development Ryan Johnson in an interview with The Province. “He puts in the work. It’s a cliche but it’s true here: he’s the first guy on, last guy off for every practice. He never takes a drill off. He adheres himself to his teammates, six-, seven-year veterans just want to play for him.”
DiPietro’s personality has garnered some collector approval as well. His 2020-21 Upper Deck Series One Young Guns Rookie Card has been performing sharply in the secondary market, while collectors are still feasting on CHL and Hockey Canada cards of the netminder.
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