The Sudbury Wolves have traded defenceman Zack Malik to the North Bay Battalion in exchange for North Bay’s fifth round draft pick in 2021.
“We would like to thank Zack for all of his contributions to the Sudbury Wolves,” said Sudbury Wolves VP hockey operations and general manager Rob Papineau. “He is not only a good hockey player, he is a great person from a great family and we wish him continued success.”
After missing most of the first half of the season due to recovery from off-season surgery, Malik notched three points in 11 games and was a +4.
Malik was born in Raleigh, N.C., while his father, Marek, played for the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes, and is a dual Czech and United States citizen who was selected by Sudbury in the first round, 19th overall, of the Canadian Hockey League Import Draft in 2017.
As a rookie in 2017-18, he had 12 assists for as many points in 32 games while being assessed nine PiM.
“He’s a solid two-way defenceman who’s played for his country at the under-17 and under-18 world championships and who can stabilize our young defence,” Stan Butler, the Battalion’s director of hockey operations and head coach, said of the Czech international.
The Wolves are back on home ice this Friday night when they host their Central division rivals, the Mississauga Steelheads at 7:05 p.m. Great seats are still available on-line at greatersudbury.ca/tickets.