The other day, we determined that Todd Elik was the oldest Ontario Hockey League alumnus still practicing his trade in the world of professional hockey. Closing in on 40 and still going strong is another OHL grad, Paul DiPietro.
DiPietro has spent 10 of the last 11 seasons with EV Zug of the Swiss National A League. He was bumped aside for the 2004-05 NHL strike season and played with EHC Chur of the Swiss B league that year. EV Zug is coached by OHL great, Doug Shedden. Shedden starred in the Ontario Hockey League from 1977-78 to 1980-81 with the Hamilton Fincups, Kitchener Rangers and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.
Paul played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 1986-87 to 1989-90. All his four seasons were spent with the Sudbury Wolves. In his final two seasons with the Wolves, DiPietro led the team in scoring. In his final season, his 56 goals and 119 points were second in the OHL, only to Keith Primeau.
DiPietro was originally drafted by the Montreal Canadiens, 102nd overall, in the 1990 NHL draft. He enjoyed a 192 game NHL career with the Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs and Los Angeles Kings. His last season in North America was 1996-97 which was split between the Kings and two IHL teams, the Phoenix Roadrunners and the Cincinnati Cyclones.
Paul spent one season in Germany’s DEL in 1997-98 before switching over to Switzerland.