(Greater Sudbury, ON) The Sudbury Wolves are pleased to announce that four players have committed to the hockey club. Will Bishop, Michael Derbidge, Joshua Hoover, and Hayden Simpson all committed to the club following the end of training camp Friday afternoon.
“We are extremely happy with the way both Orientation and Main camp rolled out over the past five days,” said VP and General Manager, Rob Papineau. “The guys really pushed themselves this week and it was great to see their skill and talent shine after being away from the rink for so long.”
“Will Bishop, had an outstanding camp and continued to get stronger as the camp went on. He’s a big man and is still filling out. He is a great skater that we selected in the 7th round from the 2021 OHL Draft. Now, after seeing him playing with our veterans, he fits right in, and looking back we would have selected him as a higher pick,” Papineau adds “He will be playing this season at Ridley College under the great development program led by the Head Coach Mike McCourt. We are happy to have him commit to the hockey club, and he will be a big part of the Wolves future.”
Will Bishop is a 6’4.5”, 16-year-old, defensemen form London. ON. who last played for London Jr. Knights U15 during the 2019-20 season.
“Michael Derbidge brings a lot of energy and a high compete. He wins a lot of one-on-one puck battles and will be a really hard player to play against in this league. Michael caries a good sense of confidence about his skill and made it an easy decision for us to want to get him committed to the hockey club,” said Rob Papineau.
Michael Derbidge was selected by the Wolves in the 5th round of the 2021 OHL Priority Selection. From Holland Landing, ON., Derbridge last played for York Simcoe Express U15 during the 2019-20 season. The 5’11”, 188 lbs., forward picked up 28 goals and 25 assists totally 53 points in 41 games played during the 2019-20 season.
“Right from day one, Josh Hoover, had a physical presence, threw body checks, made good decisions with the puck and kept plays alive. Josh was very consistent from the start of camp which is something we loved about his playing ability when scouting for him prior to the 2020 OHL Priority section. Since drafting Josh, he has gotten bigger and creates a great presence in the back end,” said Rob Papineau.
Joshua Hoover was selected by the Wolves in the 10th round of the 2020 OHL Priority selection. The Sarnia native played for the Lambton Jr. Sting U16 in 26 games with the Lambton Jr. Sting. The 5’10” 195 lbs., defenceman notched 9 goals and 15 assists during the 2019-20 season.
“Hayden Simpson possesses a strong ability to manage the play and the puck, while constantly finding his way to the scoresheet. He is a very smart hockey player both with his play making and scoring ability. He has a high compete and is a tough young kid who took a couple of big body checks from our veteran players and bounces right back. Hayden will be a good compliment to our current roster,” said Rob Papineau.
Hayden Simpson was selected by the Wolves in the 7th round of the 2020 OHL Priority selection. The Caledon, ON., native last played during the 2019-20 season with the Toronto Titans U16 where he recorded 61 points (31G – 31A) in 61 games played.
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