(Greater Sudbury, ON) The Sudbury Wolves are pleased to announce that Tony MacDonald has been added to the Hockey Operations department as a Senior Advisor to the Club.
Tony has had an outstanding hockey career spanning across the NHL and OHL, most recently with the Carolina Hurricanes organization for 25 years, the past 12 of which he was their Director of Amateur Scouting. He recently retired from this position following this past June’s NHL draft.
“I have known Tony since he was my General Manager on the Detroit Ambassadors,” said Rob Papineau, VP Hockey Operations and General Manager. “He has a remarkable resume having been to 6 Memorial Cups in his career as well as having spent the past 12 seasons as the Director of Amateur Scouting for the Carolina Hurricanes. He was the person responsible for drafting the talent that helped the Hurricanes to the Eastern Conference finals as well as the Charlotte Checkers win this year’s Calder Cup.”
Tony is from Guelph, ON and will have a primary focus on scouting the OHL and key international events for the club as well as will become a tremendous resource for the Wolves Hockey Operation team.
“It’s an exciting time for me to be reconnecting with Rob along with Wolves Head Coach Cory Stillman,” said Tony. “Having long standing histories with both of these gentlemen is especially special to me and I am looking forward to working with them again. Rob, I drafted back in 1989 with the Detroit Ambassadors in the expansion draft and reunited with him as a player, intern and scout many times over the years. Cory was on the Stanley Cup team in 2006 and player development coach in Carolina so I have had to opportunity to work closely with him.”
“Tony will also be a great mentor for our scouting staff to have available. He has a tremendous network of contacts in the NHL and the entire hockey world and will be a great advocate for the Sudbury Wolves. Tony is a professional gentleman of character and his addition helps us in our mission to be a preferred place to play as well as a Memorial Cup contender,” Papineau added.
“The Sudbury Wolves are a team with a long and proud tradition and it’s an honour to get involved with them. I hope to be able to contribute and help build a memorial cup championship in Sudbury,” added MacDonald.
The Wolves will open training camp on August 28th before playing their first exhibition game on August 31st against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Fans can run with the pack all season long! Season tickets are on sale now. For more information, visit sudburywolves.com.
About Tony MacDonald:
NHL career spanned a total of 27 seasons serving 2 years with the LA Kings before joining the Hartford Whalers in 1994 and serving 25 years with Whalers/ Hurricanes – retired as Director of Amateur Scouting with the Hurricanes in July 2019
Carolina Hurricanes won the Eastern Conference Championship in 2002 and were defeated in the Stanley Cup Finals by the Detroit Red wings.
The Hurricanes won the Eastern Conference Championship again in 2006 and went on to win the Stanley Cup defeating the Edmonton Oilers in a 7-game series.
Tony began CHL coaching / Managing/ Scouting career in 1974 with the Brockville Braves coaching the Cornwall Royals affiliate also scouting with the Royals of the QMJHL before going on to the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL
Joined the Windsor Spitfires as Director of Scouting in 1983 / 1990 Appointed General Manager of the Detroit Ambassadors expansion team – first USA based OHL franchise / CHL tenure included 6 trips to the Memorial Cup Finals with Cornwall Royals of the QMJHL , the Kitchener Rangers , Windsor Spitfires and Detroit Jr Red Wings of the OHL. Memorial Cup wins in 1974 and 1980 with the Cornwall Royals QMJHL and the OHL Kitchener Rangers in 1982.
Coaching stints in the OHL included Windsor Spitfires 1986 and Guelph Storm as Associate Coach /Advisor to GM 1992/93
The Brockville Braves Hall of Fame 1986
The Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame 2007
The Brockville and Area Sport Hall of Fame 2008