|Acadie-Bathurst Titan||Baie-Comeau Drakkar|
|Blainville-Boisbriand Armada||Cape Breton Screaming Eagles|
|Chicoutimi Sagueneens||Drummondville Voltigeurs|
|Gatineau Olympiques||Halifax Mooseheads|
|Moncton Wildcats||PEI Rocket|
|Quebec Remparts||Rimouski Oceanic|
|Rouyn-Noranda Huskies||Saint John Sea Dogs|
|Shawinigan Cataractes||Sherbrooke Phoenix|
|Val-d'Or Foreurs||Victoriaville Tigres|
|Brandon Wheat Kings|
|Edmonton Oil Kings|
|Medicine Hat Tigers|
|Moose Jaw Warriors|
|Prince Albert Raiders|
|Red Deer Rebels|
|Swift Current Broncos|
|Prince George Cougars|
September 04, 2012
The Sudbury Wolves reduced their number of overage players (20 year olds) down to three players after trading DEREK SCHOENMAKERS to the Windsor Spitfires. In return, the Wolves acquired a 3rd round draft selection in 2013 as well as a 2nd round draft selection in 2016. The big right-winger was a solid forward for the Wolves since being acquired from the Mississauga Majors back in January. The remaining overage players remaining with the club are: Forward MICHAEL KANTOR, defenceman CHARLIE DODERO and goaltender JOEL VIENNEAU.
“We wanted to get down to our maximum number of overage players as quickly as possible and there was a good interest in Derek from other teams” notes Wolves’ GM Blaine Smith. “We feel we received fair value in draft selections as we now have a couple of top draft choices to consider for our team’s future.”
Smith adds, “Derek is an excellent hockey player and a fine young man and he will be missed in our locker room. He understands that he will be a go-to-guy in Windsor and this is a very good situation for him to conclude his OHL career this season. Making this move also saves us from having to rotate our extra overage players in and out of our line-up which would not be practical to do in the long-term.”
The vacancy created by Schoenmakers’ departure will provide other Wolves’ forwards with an opportunity to move-up on the Wolves’ team roster. “It will now be up to our remaining forwards in camp to prove that they can handle the added responsibility that comes with being a top six forward” adds Smith.
The Wolves had five overagers make to trip to Russia and also to open Main Camp on Saturday. Defenceman RYAN HANES was also a finalist for the three overage positions on the team. The Ottawa native returned home on Monday to await reassignment by the club. “Ryan is a quality defenceman and a quality individual and we are going to miss his leadership and solid play on our blueline” notes Smith. “It is unfortunate that we cannot keep all of our overage players because they are all solid OHL players. We hope to find Ryan a new OHL home very soon.”
The Wolves’ pre-season roster is now down to 27 players including: 15 forwards, 9 defencemen and three goaltenders. The Wolves will travel to Sault Ste. Marie on Thursday before returning home on Friday night to host the Kitchener Rangers. Game time at the Sudbury Arena on Friday night is 7:30.