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Stortini Moving on to AHL Coaching Opportunity

(Greater Sudbury, ON) The Sudbury Wolves announce that Associate Coach Zack Stortini will not be returning for the upcoming season behind the bench and will be joining a professional team.

“We would like to both thank and congratulate Zack,” said Rob Papineau, Sudbury Wolves VP and General Manger. “He has been an unbelievable Sudbury Wolf, both as a player and a coach. We are really proud of him and proud of our organization in being able to be a part of his journey and his coaching career. It is part of junior hockey in developing people for the next level and we are really excited for Zack and his family. The pro team he is joining is getting an incredible human being.”

“I want to thank the Wolves ownership and management for giving me the opportunity to begin my professional coaching career in Sudbury,” said Zack. “Having the chance to be a part of a team that allowed me to learn and grow as a coach has been a rewarding experience. I have enjoyed the privilege of working closely with the Wolves coaching and training staff and all of the Sudbury Wolves players and I appreciate everyone’s hard work, dedication, and commitment every day. I want to thank the Wolves fans and people of Sudbury for their ongoing support. The Sudbury Wolves are a great organization that continues to develop great people- players, coaches and staff. I enjoyed my time in Sudbury as a coach, have learned a lot and now look forward to a new chapter.”

Stortini joined the Wolves behind the bench for the 2019-20 season as an Assistant Coach and was promoted to Associate Coach ahead of the 2021-22 season. He is an alumnus of the team having played 247 regular season games for the Wolves between 2001 and 2005, accumulating 55 goals and 65 assists along with 746 penalty minutes. He was also the longest serving captain of the Wolves across three of those seasons.

The Wolves provided Zack with his first opportunity to head behind the bench as he transitioned from player to coach. He was a coach the players looked up to immensely and enjoyed working with. The Sudbury Wolves would like to wish Zack the best of luck in his coaching career as he takes the next step to the professional ranks. Zack becomes the second coach in the past few seasons to depart the Wolves for the professional ranks as former Head Coach Cory Stillman joined the Arizona Coyotes in 2020.

The Wolves have hired an excellent replacement for Zack and are very excited to share the details tomorrow.

The Wolves will open training camp ahead of their 50th anniversary season on August 29th and get set for their 2022-23 regular season at home on Friday, September 30th as they host the Barrie Colts. Single game tickets go on-sale for pre-season and regular season games in early September. Season memberships are on sale now at sudburywolves.com or by visiting the Sudbury Arena Box Office in-person.

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