Steamboat's Dingle part of trade to Flyers

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— According to ESPN.com, former Steamboat Springs hockey player Ryan Dingle has been traded from the National Hockey League's Anaheim Ducks to the Philadelphia Flyers, as part of a move by the Flyers to acquire defenseman Chris Pronger from the Ducks.

The Ducks traded Pronger and Dingle, who was playing center for the Iowa Chops in Des Moines, Iowa, in the American Hockey League, for right-winger Joffrey Lupul and defenseman Luca Sbisa. The Ducks also got first-round picks in 2009 and 2010, and a conditional third-round pick in 2010 or 2011.

The move is another step in a hockey odyssey for Dingle.

Dingle played hockey in Steamboat Springs in the late 1990s while attending The Lowell Whiteman School for his first two years of high school. He left to play for a club team in Eagle County his junior year, and as a senior in high school he moved to Des Moines where he played for the Des Moines Buccaneers in the United States Hockey League. He was traded in December of 2002 to the Tri-City Storm in Kearney, Neb., and joined the University of Denver Pioneers during the 2004-05 season. He led the Pioneers that season with 22 goals, nine power-play goals, two short-handed goals and four game-winning goals. He was second in total points with 37. He left Denver after his junior year to sign with the Ducks and play in the club's minor league system.

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