The Sudbury Wolves have traded captain Michael Pezzetta and a 2018 8th round pick (Guelph) to the Sarnia Sting in return for two 2nd Round draft picks and a conditional 4th round pick and the rights to defenceman and Greater Sudbury native Ethan Lavallee. The 2nds returning to Sudbury in the exchange include Barrie’s in 2019 and Sarnia’s in 2023 as well as the 4th from Sarnia in 2019. Pezzetta was the Sudbury Wolves 1st Round selection in 2014 and the only player remaining from the 2014-15 season.
“Michael is a leader who brings grit, determination and energy to every game. Michael is one of the highest integrity people and players to ever wear a Sudbury Wolves Jersey. He is what our program is about which is having young players who become gentlemen of character. The entire Wolves organization and family wish to thank Michael for his contribution to the Wolves and wish him the best in Sarnia,” said Rob Papineau, Vice President of Hockey Operations & General Manager of the Sudbury Wolves. “It’s never easy to see important people in an organization move on. This trade is good for both our team and for Michael. We have a lot of confidence in the future development of our young players who are ready to have impact this season.”
“I am going to miss my billets, my friends and my teammates in Sudbury because this was a great place to play in the OHL. I have seen a lot in the Wolves organization during the last 4 years and so I feel lucky to have been a part it,” said Pezzetta upon learning of the trade. “I will now set my focus on Sarnia, get to know the goals and have an impact in the Western Conference this season in an effort to go deep in the play-offs.”
Lavallee currently plays for the Rayside Balfour Canadians of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League where he has 7 goals and 18 assists in 25 games. “Ethan is a very big defenceman who adds some depth in the position to our team. He is having a solid year in Rayside and we look forward to our discussions with Ethan and the possibility of him becoming a Sudbury Wolf,” Papineau said
The Sudbury Wolves will travel to Barrie Thursday to face the Colts at 7:30pm before returning to action at home on Friday against the Mississauga Steelheads in the first match-up of a double header weekend. Game time is 7:05pm. Tickets are on-sale now at the Sudbury Arena Box Office, or online at greatersudbury.ca/tickets. Fans are encouraged to skip the box office line and save time with WOLVES WEB WEDNESDAY. All day Wednesday, every Wednesday, fans can purchase their tickets online and save the service fees!