(Greater Sudbury, ON) The Sudbury Wolves are pleased to announce that Gary Ricciardi has been added to the coaching staff for the 2022-23 season as an Assistant Coach and joins Head Coach Craig Duncanson and Associate Coach Zack Stortini behind the bench.
“We are very excited to add Gary to our coaching staff,” said Rob Papineau, Sudbury Wolves VP and General Manager. “As an owner of Core Hockey Elite Training Camps, he has helped elite junior and professional players improve their skills and better understand the patterns of the game. The list of players he has worked with includes former Wolves Marc Staal and Taylor Pyatt along with their brothers, Patrick Sharp and Robert Bortuzzo to name a few. As a member of our scouting staff the past couple of seasons, we know he has a keen eye for talent and was instrumental in the early identification and our decisions to select both Quentin Musty and Matthew Mania as one of our U.S. scouts. He is very honest and hardworking. He is a passionate student of the game having coached for many years with a focus on working with the defence.”
“I want to begin by saying thank you to Dario Zulich, Rob Papineau and Ken MacKenzie for their confidence in me. I am truly grateful and honored to be a member of the Sudbury Wolves Organization,” said Ricciardi. “I am looking forward to working with both Craig and Zack as their experience and knowledge of the game will make for an amazing hockey environment to work and thrive in. I can’t wait to get to Sudbury to start coaching this ultra talented group of young players. I have scouted many of them over the years, so it will be great to get the opportunity to work with them on a daily basis. One of the many wonderful parts of coaching is developing relationships and mentoring young athletes and I am very excited to get the upcoming season underway,” he added.
Gary has been part of the scouting staff in some capacity with the organization over the past few seasons providing great input and reports on American born prospects. Gary is also the brother of Wolves HNO scout Jeff Ricciardi. Gary is also a native of Thunder Bay, ON and will bring a wealth of hockey knowledge to the Wolves organization. In addition to his significant work in player development, he has been instrumental in helping build key hockey programs in both Chicago and St. Louis. As a player, Gary excelled as a leader and competitive defenceman having served as captain in his senior year at Ferris State and then going on to play 222 professional games in the UHL, ECHL and in Italy before injuries ended his playing career prematurely.
Gary will join Craig and Zack behind the bench this August when the team opens training camp on August 29th in advance of the team’s 50th anniversary. Season memberships are on sale now at sudburywolves.com or by visiting the Sudbury Arena Box Office in-person.
What They Are Saying:
“For years Gary has been instrumental in preparing me for the upcoming hockey seasons. His positivity and great character along with his knowledge of the game made it a joy to come to the rink. The Sudbury Wolves organization is lucky to have him.” – Marc Staal – Sudbury Wolves Alumnus and Florida Panther
“Gary’s experience both as a player and a skills coach makes him a huge asset to any organization. Under his guidance, many young players have improved and taken their games to the highest level. He will do a great job behind the bench in Sudbury.” – Ryan Johnson – Assistant to GM Vancouver Canucks and GM Abbotsford Canucks
“Gary’s passion for the game and his work ethic along with his experience developing young players will make him a valuable addition to Sudbury’s staff.” – Trevor Letowski – Assistant Coach Montreal Canadiens
“When I was coaching Gary displayed all the characteristics to be a great coach. He had an unmatched passion for the game, tremendous work ethic and a desire to learn and improve each day. The players in Sudbury will love learning and working alongside Gary in the years to come.”– Marc Bernard – President, Hockey Operations & General Manager, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)