2007-08: Zac Dalpe had 27 goals and 36 assists with Penticon of the BCHL, but his coming out party was at the World Junior A Challenge where he earned MVP honors playing for Canada West and scored a hat trick in the final game. Committed to Ohio State.
2008-09: Scored 13 goals with 12 assists and +7 with 25 PIM in 37 games as a freshman at Ohio State and was fifth on the team in scoring despite missing time due to a leg injury. The Buckeyes, fifth in the CCHA during the regular season, fell to Boston University in an NCAA regional semifinal.
2009-10: Dalpe's play as a sophomore was one of the few bright spots in a disappointing season for the Buckeyes. Following an impressive performance at the Hurricanes conditioning camp prior to the season, Dalpe scored 21 goals with 24 assists in 39 games to lead Ohio State in scoring. Following the college season, he signed an entry level contract with the Hurricanes and joined their AHL affiliate in Albany. In nine regular season games with the River Rats, he scored six goals with an assist. Dalpe continued his offensive exploits in the playoffs, scoring 3 goals with 3 assists in eight games and finishing +5.
2010-11: Dalpe made his NHL debut as a 20-year old and appeared in 15 NHL games as a first-year pro in a season split between the Hurricanes and their AHL affiliate Charlotte Checkers. Dalpe had an assist and was +1 in his first pro game against the Wild but after seeing limited ice-time in seven games he was sent to Charlotte. He returned to the Hurricanes in January and also played one game in February, finishing with 3 goals, 1 assist and an even plus/minus with 21 PMs. In 61 games for Charlotte he scored 23 goals with 34 assists and was +7 with 21 PMs. Dalpe's six playoff goals tied him with Checkers' teammate Chris Terry for the team lead and he also added seven assists as Charlotte advanced to the AHL semifinals. In 16 AHL playoff games, he was +2 with 6 PMs.
2011-12: Dalpe shuffled between Carolina and AHL affiliate Charlotte in his second pro season. After making the Hurricanes out of training camp, he suffered a lower body injury that kept him out of seven games. In 16 NHL games he scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was minus-three; averaging 9:35 minutes of ice time. Dalpe played 56 AHL games with Charlotte, scoring 18 goals with 14 assists, and was minus-one with 17 penalty minutes. Charlotte finished third in the Midwest Division; one point out of an AHL playoff spot.
2012-13: Dalpe appeared in 10 games with the Hurricanes during three call-ups and was the third-leading goal scorer for Carolina's AHL affiliate in Charlotte in his third pro season. He scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was -7 with Carolina. In 54 AHL games for the Checkers he scored 21 goals with 21 assists and was +16 with 12 penalty minutes. Charlotte finished second in the South Division and lost to third-place Oklahoma City in a first round playoff series. Dalpe had no points and was -5 with 4 penalty minutes in the five-game series. Dalpe was re-signed by Carolina to a one-year contract in July 2013. The Canucks obtained Dalpe along with Jeremy Welsh in exchange for Kellan Tochkin and a fourth-round 2014 draft pick in September of 2013.
A fine offensive talent, Dalpe has done enough to impress management with his scoring ability. He is an excellent playmaker who has the uncanny ability to shoot just as well as pass, making for a deceptive forward who is sure to rack up points in whatever league he plays in.
Dalpe was dealt by the Carolina Hurricanes to the Vancouver Canucks prior to the start of the 2013-14 season, in a deal that also saw Hurricanes prospect Jeremy Welsh sent to the Canucks in exchange for Kellan Tochkin and a pick.