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Wolves Announce Departure of Branch

Sudbury, ON.  The Sudbury Wolves Hockey Club confirmed today that General Manager and Head Scout, Barclay Branch, has submitted his resignation after two years of service to the organization.

“The Sudbury Wolves wish to thank Barclay for his significant contributions, work ethic and success in scouting, selecting and recruiting talented young players for our organization” stated Wolves’ President Blaine Smith. “On behalf of our entire organization, I want to extend our sincere best wishes to Barclay in his future endeavours.”

“I would like to thank Mark Burgess, his family, along with Dario Zulich and his family for the opportunity to serve as GM of the Sudbury Wolves the past two years. The Sudbury Wolves are an iconic franchise in Junior hockey and I was honoured and privileged to have had an opportunity to be a part of this great organization. I appreciate the tremendous support from the players, coaches, management, media, the entire Wolves family, and most importantly the passionate fans”.

Smith also confirmed that current Vice-President of Hockey Operations, Rob Papineau will assume the role of General Manager effective immediately. “Rob has worked closely with Barclay and our coaches this past season in leading our young hockey team back into the OHL play-offs. We look forward to Rob’s continued success and leadership of our hockey program as our Vice-President and General Manager.”

Wolves’ owner Dario Zulich brought Papineau onboard as Vice-President of Hockey Operations when Zulich purchased the team in late August. Prior to joining the Wolves, Papineau, a native of Greater Sudbury, was a Scout with the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes. Papineau received strong references from current NHL General Managers Ron Francis and Jim Rutherford of the Carolina Hurricanes and Pittsburgh Penguins respectively. Papineau is a Laurentian University graduate from the Sports Administration (SPAD) program. He played in the Ontario Hockey League for the Ottawa 67’s and the Detroit Ambassadors (now the Flint Firebirds).

“I would like to thank Barclay for his continuous level of excellence and support and his hard work with the Sudbury Wolves,” Papineau said. “I look forward to continuing to build on the positive momentum from this season and continue to work towards building the Sudbury Wolves into a model OHL franchise, a preferred destination for players and a Memorial Cup contender”.

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