Saturday was a day to remember for two members of the Sudbury Wolves who were selected in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo.
MICHAEL PEZZETTA was the first Sudbury Wolves player to be selected in the draft. The 6’1, 199lbs forward was selected in the 6th round by the Montreal Canadiens, 160th overall.
“Never give up on your dreams,” said Michael following the draft. “You never know how close you are to reaching your goals and with hard work you can achieve anything.”
The Minnesota Wild selected DMITRY SOKOLOV in the 7th round of the draft, 196th overall. The Omsk native lead the Wolves in goals last season with 30.
“I am honoured to be selected by Minnesota,” said Dmitry following the draft. “I would like to thank my family and billet family for their tremendous support. I am very excited to a have the chance to join my former roommate and teammate Pavel Jenys with the Wild.”
No less than 48 players — representing more than 22 per cent of the 211 selected — were plucked from the Ontario Hockey League at the seven-round, 2016 National Hockey League draft which was held over the past two days.
According to the OHL, the 48 players chosen ties its seven-round, NHL draft record that was set in 2012. It is also the OHL’s highest total since 1999 when 52 players were chosen in what was then a nine-round, NHL draft process.
Forward Alan Lyzczarczyk was also invited to the Toronto Maple Leafs development camp as a free agent, which runs July 4-9 in Toronto and Niagara Falls.
The Burgess Family and entire Sudbury Wolves organization would like to congratulate all three players for their tremendous achievements!
To view the complete NHL Drafted list, click HERE.
Watch Michael Pezzetta’s interview following the Draft HERE
Watch Dmitry Sokolov’s interview following the Draft HERE
Watch Minnesota Wild Asst. General Manager Brent Flahr on Dmitry Sokolov HERE
Watch Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher on Dmitry Sokolov HERE