67's salute General

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:25 AM ET

Peter Tsimikalis is gone, and Chris Hulit is in. And now, the newest member of the 67's expects to take some ribbing when he meets his new teammates today.

The 19-year-old winger, acquired in a trade yesterday from the East Division-rival Oshawa Generals for disgruntled forward Tsimikalis, missed on a penalty shot against Danny Battochio when the Generals visited the Civic Centre last Friday.

"I'm sure the guys will be on me about that one -- pretty quickly," said Hulit.

SCORING TOUCH

The Soo native is more accustomed to putting the puck in the net -- as his record of 10 goals with Oshawa this season would attest.

"Scoring goals, the finesse stuff. That's my game," said Hulit, a fourth-year OHL veteran who welcomed the trade from the last-place Generals. "I see myself as a second-line player that can be used in different situations -- power plays, penalty killing. I can block shots."

Ottawa's second line is where he'll be when the 67's host the St. Michael's Majors tonight at the Civic Centre.

The clubs will have a rematch on Sunday at the Corel Centre -- a Majors home game moved to Ottawa.

Hulit will play on the right side of the second line with Brody Todd at left wing and centre Julian Talbot.

"He's a hard-working kid, much like Peter Tsimikalis," said 67's coach/GM Brian Kilrea. "He's a good penalty killer and he can block shots. We like the way he works."

The trade, which also includes the teams swapping their first-round positions at next year's CHL European import draft, brings a conclusion to the Tsimikalis affair in which the popular third-year 67's centre went home to Aurora and demanded a trade following a dispute two weeks ago with Kilrea during a road trip.

"I spoke with Brian (yesterday) for about 15 minutes. There's no hard feelings, and I'm just glad that we've resolved this," said Tsimikalis who thanked Kilrea and 67's owner Jeff Hunt for trading him to an OHL team close to his home.

"I respect them for that ... They could have traded me anywhere. I thought they were going to send me to the end of the Earth."

TOP LINE

Tsimikalis had six goals and 21 points on the 67's top line this season after collecting 61 points in 2003-04.

"Peter was probably my best buddy on the team and it's tough to see him go," said 67's captain Will Colbert. "But that's what he wanted. It's good to get someone for him who's going to be in the lineup to help us out."

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com


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