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COLUMBUS, Ohio Seven student-athletes have signed NCAA National Letters of Intent to attend Ohio State and play hockey for the Buckeye beginning in 2008-09, John Markell, Ohio State head coach, announced Monday. The group, with four forwards and three defensemen, includes five players from the British Columbia Hockey League, a U.S. National Team Development Program product and a United States Hockey League player.

Matt Bartkowski, a 6-1, 203-pound left-shot defenseman from Pittsburgh, Pa., currently plays for the Lincoln Stars in the USHL. He has seen action in 15 games this year and has seven points, with six assists. As a rookie last year, Bartkowski recorded nine points while playing in 57 regular-season games. He played high school hockey at Mt. Lebanon High School and was named the Post-Gazette Player of the Year for Southwestern Pennsylvania and led his team to the state title.

Fairbanks, Alaska, native Hunter Bishop, a 6-0, 185-pound left-shot forward, plays for the Vernon Vipers in the BCHL. He leads the league with 44 points and 28 goals through 28 games this season. He is in his third year playing with the Vipers. Bishop had 54 points (25g, 29a) in 2005-06. In 2006-07, he began the year at North Dakota in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, playing in four games and posting an assist. He then returned to the Vipers and had 26 points (11g, 15a) in 24 games. Bishop played with the Cedar Rapids Roughriders of the USHL in 2004-05, with 12 points in 50 games. Bishop will have three years of eligibility with the Buckeyes. His sister, Teal, is a freshman on the Ohio State women’s hockey team this year.

Zac Dalpe, a native of Paris, Ontario, is a 6-1, 175-pound right-shot forward who plays with the Penticton Vees in the BCHL. He played for Canada West in the 2007 World Junior A Challenge earlier this month, recording a hat trick in the championship game to lead his squad to the title. In 22 games for the Vees this season, Dalpe has 29 points, with 11 goals and 18 assists. He played with the Stratford Cullitons of the Ontario Hockey Association for two seasons before joining the Vees. In 2005-06, his first year with the squad, he had 12 points in 32 games before posting 66 points, on 26 goals and 40 assists, in 40 games last season.

Devon Krogh, a West Vancouver, British Columbia, native, is a 6-foot, 180-pound right-shot defenseman for the Penticton Vees of the BCHL this season. He has 10 assists and points in 26 games this season.  He played for the Summerland Sting in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League a year ago, ranking third on the team with 50 points, including 21 goals (12 power-play tallies) and 29 assists, in 46 games.

Cory Schneider, from Rochester, N.Y., is a 5-10, 175-pound left shot forward for the Penticton Vees in the BCHL. He ranks fourth for the Vees with 25 points through 28 games this season and has 12 goals and 13 assists. Schneider played for Northwood School (Lake Placid, N.Y.) with current Buckeye freshman Peter Boyd last season, serving as a co-captain as the team won the 2007 Northwood Tournament.

Taylor Stefishen, a 5-11, 170-pound right-shot forward, plays for the Langley Chiefs in the BCHL. He leads his squad and ranks 10th in the BCHL with 35 points and is fifth in the league with 23 assists in 23 games. Stefishen is a native of North Vancouver, British Columbia. He also played for the Chiefs last season, posting 56 points, including 25 goals and 31 assists, in 59 games.

Steven West, a 6-foot, 187-pound right-shot defenseman, plays in the U.S. National Team Development Program. A member of the U.S. Under-18 team this season, he has played in 13 games with one assist. The native of Milford, Mich., spent 2006-07 with the U.S. Under-17 Team and played with Honeybaked AAA in 2005-06, posting 63 points (22g, 41a). West will be the 11th Buckeye to play for the NTDP, including current seniors Tom Fritsche and Jason DeSantis, sophomore Joseph Palmer and freshmen John Albert and C.J. Severyn.

                  Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Current Team                     Hometown
Matt Bartkowski    D   6-1  203  Lincoln Stars (USHL)             Pittsburgh, Pa.
Hunter Bishop      F   6-0  185  Vernon Vipers (BCHL)             Fairbanks, Alaska
Zac Dalpe          F   6-1  175  Penticton Vees (BCHL)            Paris, Ontario
Devon Krogh        D   6-0  180  Penticton Vees (BCHL)            North Vancouver, British Columbia
Cory Schneider     F   5-10 175  Penticton Vees (BCHL)            Rochester, N.Y.
Taylor Stefishen   F   5-11 170  Langley Chiefs (BCHL)            North Vancouver, British Columbia
Steven West        D   6-0  187  U.S. National U-18 Team (NTDP)   Milford, Mich.