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Wolves in the NHL

Over the long history of the Sudbury Wolves, they have continued to produce top-tier talent. In the 2021 NHL season, the Wolves have 11 players who are on NHL rosters and 5 who are helping coach. Below is a list of each Wolves Alumni who are helping their NHL franchise in the 2021 season.  

Players 

Arizona Coyotes- Kyle Capobianco (2013-2017) 

Former Wolves captain, Kyle Capobianco notched 139 points (27-112-139) during his four seasons with the Wolves. After going 63rd overall in the 2015 NHL draft, Kyle has spent most of the past few seasons with the Tucson Roadrunners of the AHL but currently has a spot on the Arizona Coyotes roster. He has appeared in 14 NHL games and already netted his first NHL goal. 

Calgary Flames- Josh Leivo (2010-2013) 

While playing three seasons with the White and Blue, Josh was able to record 147 points (83-64-147) in 164 games.  During his 2011-12 campaign with the Wolves, Josh finished second in team scoring with 73 points. Now with 178 NHL games under his belt, Josh is currently playing with the Calgary Flames. 

Chicago Blackhawks- Dominik Kubalik (2012-2014) 

After being selected 27th overall by the Wolves in the 2012 CHL Import Draft, Dominik went on to play 103 games in a Wolves jerseyThrough his two seasons, he was able to score 57 points (30-27-57). Now playing for the Chicago Blackhawks, Dominik has found himself in a regular role with the team. Entering his second season in the NHL, he has already scored 32 times are recorded 22 assists (32-22-54). 

Columbus Blue Jackets- Nick Foligno (2004-2007) 

In Nick’s last year with the Wolves, he was named captain and led the entire team in assists. Through his three seasons with the Wolves, he recorded 196 points (65-131-196)Nick was drafted to the Ottawa Senators 28th overall in 2006 and quickly found success at the professional level. He has played over 900 NHL games and recorded over 470 points. He is currently the Captain of the Columbus Blue Jackets. In 2017 Nick won the King Clancy Memorial Award (notable leadership and community contribution) and the Mark Messier Leadership Award (Chosen by Hockey Hall of Fame for players that exemplify leadership both on and off the ice). 

Dallas Stars- Radek Faksa (2014) 

In the 2013/ 2014 season, Radek was acquired by the Wolves through a trade with the Kitchener Rangers. Through his 29 games with the Wolves, he tallied 21 points (5-16-21).  The following season, Radek earned a spot on the Texas Stars of the AHL. Radek is now in his 6th season with the Dallas Stars where he has played over 350 NHL games and registered nearly 130 points.  

Detroit Red Wings- Marc Staal (2003-2007) 

Thunder Bays Marc Staal quickly made an impact on the Wolves organization. By his second season, the steady blueliner was named Assistant Captain. For Marc’s final two seasons he was Captain of the Wolves. He played his entire OHL Career in Sudbury and notched 123 points (23-100-123). Staal was named to Team Canada World Juniors in 2006 and 2007 where he won gold medals both times and received the top defenceman in the tournament award, in 2006. After being drafted 12th overall in 2005 by the New York Rangers, Marc played three seasons before being named Assistant CaptainHe was Assistant Captain for 10 years before being traded to his current team, the Detroit Red Wings. Marc has surpassed the 900 career games played in the NHL and has tallied nearly 200 points. 

Edmonton Oilers- Dominik Kahun (2012-2014) 

In 2012, Dominik was selected 39th overall in the CHL Import Draft. He went on to play two seasons with Sudbury where he found the scoresheet 71 times (22-49-71). Dominik has bounced around to four different teams in the NHL and is currently playing with the Edmonton Oilers. He has played over 150 games and recorded over 70 points during his NHL career so far. 

Edmonton Oilers- Mike Smith (2000-2002) 

Through Mike’s two seasons with the Wolves, he recorded a 41-41-12 record and a .921 save percentage. After being acquired from the Kingston Frontenac’s, Mike helped the Wolves earn top seed in the Central Division and a lengthy playoff run in the spring of 2001. After his OHL career, Mike played in the AHL for four seasons before earning a full-time roster spot with the Dallas Stars. Now playing with the Edmonton Oilers, he has won nearly 250 games and started in 588 NHL games. In 2012/2013 he led the NHL in shutouts with five and in the 2016/2017 season he participated in the NHL All-Star game. 

Minnesota Wild- Marcus Foligno (2007-2011) 

Marcus played with the Wolves for four seasons and was named Assistant Captain in his 3rd season and Captain in his final season. During his time in the OHL, he played entirely for the Wolves and recorded 159 points (54-105-159).  After being drafted 104th overall by Buffalo in the 2009 draft, Marcus split his two first seasons between the AHL and NHL. After finding success in the NHL between the Buffalo Sabres and Minnesota Wild, Marcus has played nearly 500 NHL games and racked up over 180 points. 

Montreal Canadiens- Ben Chiarot  (2010-2011) 

After joining the Wolves through a trade with the Guelph Storm, Ben played an important shutdown role for the Wolves. He played 51 games and recorded 21 points (9-12-21). He was named Assistant Captain in his second and final season with the Wolves. Ben was drafted 120th by the Atlanta Thrashers in 2009 and has gone on to play over 380 NHL games between Winnipeg and Montreal.  

Washington Capitals- Michael Sgarbossa (2010-2012)

After being acquired by the Wolves in the 2010/11 season, Michael went on to put up 164 points (76-88-164) in 103 games. In his second season with the club, he was named Assistant Captain and during that season he led the entire team in points with 102. After concluding his OHL career, he has gone on to play over 50 games in the NHL between Colorado, Anaheim, Florida, and Washington. Currently, Michael is playing with the Washington Capitals where he already has 2 assists in five games played.

 

Coaching Staff
Arizona Coyotes- Cory Stillman (Assistant Coach) (2017-2020) 

In the 2019/ 2020 season, Cory coached the Wolves to a 34-27-1-1 record which led the OHL’s Central Division. Through his three seasons behind the bench, Cory held a 94-89-13-3 record. In his professional hockey career, Cory played 1,025 games, notched 727 points, and won two Stanley Cups. This past summer, Cory accepted an Assistant Coach position with the Arizona Coyotes. 

Calgary Flames- Ray Edwards (Assistant Coach) – (1987/1988) 

Ray played one season with the Wolves and played in 21 games. Since 2019, he has been an Assistant Coach for the Calgary Flames. Before his current position, he was Director of Player Development with the Flames. 

Florida Panthers – Derek Mackenzie (Assistant Coach) (1997-2001) 

Sudbury native, Derek Mackenize played his entire OHL career in his hometown for four seasons. During his time, he scored 253 points (95-158-253) and was named Captain in his final season. He went on to have a successful NHL career playing in 611 games and scoring 125 points. He was the Captain for the Florida Panthers for two seasons before retiring in the 2018/2019 season. The following year, Derek continued his hockey career as an Assistant Coach with the Panthers where he currently resides.  

New York Islanders- Piero Greco (Goaltending Coach) (1985/ 1986) 

In 1985/1986, Piero played in three games with the Wolves between the pipes. After his OHL career, he played hockey overseas. After returning to Canada, Piero became an OHL Goaltending Coach for various teams. He is currently in his 3rd season with the New York Islanders as their Goaltending Coach. 

Philadelphia Flyers- Mike Yeo (Assistant Coach) (1990-1994) 

Through Mike’s four seasons with the Wolves, he played in 190 games and had 101 points (54-47-101). Mike has been an Assistant Coach for the Philadelphia Flyers for the past two seasons. He has Head Coach experience with the Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues. He has been part of NHL teams coaching staffs every year since 2006. 

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