Former Wolves Greats End OHL Careers in Kitchener
The Sudbury Wolves would like to congratulate former captain FRANK CORRADO and assistant captain JOSH LEIVO and overage goaltender JOEL VIENNEAU on completing their respective junior hockey careers in the OHL. All three veterans had their OHL careers come to an end on Friday night as the Rangers lost a 4-1 decision to the London Knights and bowed-out of the second-round of the play-offs in five games against the defending OHL champions.
CORRADO, was a 2nd round selection of the Wolves in 2009 and the Vaughn native had an outstanding OHL career. CORRADO, 20, was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the 5th round of the 2011 NHL draft and quickly signed a NHL pro contract with the Canucks. CORRADO was named Player of the Week this year with the Wolves and earned an invitation to the World Juniors Team Canada try-outs where he was a stand-out. CORRADO was also instrumental in the Wolves capturing their World Cup title in Omsk, Russia in August. CORRADO played four years in the OHL and the Wolves are proud to have selected Frank and developed his skills over the past 3.5 years. CORRADO is now expected to rejoin the Chicago Wolves of the AHL to begin his pro hockey career.
LEIVO, 20, was an 11th round selection of the Wolves in 2009 and the Barrie native also had an outstanding OHL career. LEIVO, 20, was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the third round of the 2011 NHL draft. LEIVO finished the regular season with 29 goals and 73 points in 63 games. Last year, LEIVO scored 32 goals playing alongside of MICHAEL SGARBOSSA who has since graduated to the pro ranks with the Colorado Avalanche. LEIVO was the leading scorer in the World Cup tournament in Russia when the Wolves won the Gold medal in August. LEIVO recently signed a pro contract with the Leafs and the Sudbury Wolves are very proud to have drafted and developed Leivo’s skills for the past 2.5 seasons.
VIENNEAU, 21, was acquired in a trade with the Guelph Storm in 2010 and the Hearst, Ontario native arrived in the OHL as a 19 year old rookie last season. VIENNEAU was a solid performer for the Wolves in his 1.5 seasons and also played very well in Kitchener where he concluded his OHL career. Due to injuries to starter JOHN GIBSON, VIENNEAU played in 21 games for the Rangers and recorded an impressive 2.73 goals against average and a .915 save percentage. VIENNEAU is now expected to test the pro ranks and possibly play CIS hockey next year in New Brunswick where he has been offered a university scholarship. The Sudbury Wolves organization would like to wish Joel all the best in the future.
Back in January, and at the request of Wolves’ management, all three veterans agreed to waive their NO TRADE clauses in order to allow the Wolves to bring in younger players and help prepare the Wolves for the upcoming 2013-14 season. The OHL will host the MEMORIAL CUP CHAMPIONSHIP in 2014 and the Wolves will be setting their sights on earning an invitation to the ultimate goal in junior hockey with the pending return of former Rangers: FRANKY PALAZZESE (19), CORY GENOVESE (18) and MATT SCHMALZ (17).