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Sudbury son Nick Foligno traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs

Following in the footsteps of father Mike, Nick will suit up for the Leafs for playoff run
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Former Sudbury Wolves standout Nick Foligno has been traded from the Columbus Blue Jackets to the Toronto Maple Leafs. (File)

Former Sudbury Wolves standout Nick Foligno has been traded from the Columbus Blue Jackets to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

A three-team trade involving the Blue Jackets, Maple Leafs and San Jose Sharks will see Foligno suit up for the Leafs for the playoff stretch drive.

Once again following in the footsteps of his father, Mike Foligno, Nick will don the same jersey as his old man for the second time in his career. Nick spent his OHL career playing for the Sudbury Wolves, where he amassed 196 points in three seasons. 

Nearly 30 years prior, Mike was a dominant scorer in Sudbury, racking up 347 points in his four seasons with the Wolves.

The careers of the father and son have once again hit a parallel, as Mike was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs at the later stages of his career, joining the Leafs as a 31-year-old who would bring leadership and experience with his more than 800 games played in the NHL.

Nick joins the Leafs at a similar stage in his career as his father, now 33-years-old with 950 NHL games to his name, including serving as captain in Columbus since 2015. 

Mike Foligno served as captain of the Buffalo Sabres for a brief stint before he joined the Leafs in 1990.

The trade brings Foligno closer to his summer home of Sudbury, where he has set up deep roots within the community.

He has been closely connected with NEO Kids for a number of years, and helped launch the NHL vs Docs charity hockey game in the Nickel City that has grown in leaps and bounds since its inception in 2016 and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for NEO Kids. The event unfortunately had to be cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19.

Foligno will have to quarantine for seven days before he is able to join the Maple Leafs, and fans could see him in the lineup as early as April 19 when the Leafs take on the Vancouver Canucks.