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Wolves trim roster down to 30 players

Five new faces commit to the team
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The Sudbury Wolves trimmed their pre-season roster to 30 players following the completion of their training camp Friday afternoon. 

The Wolves roster breaks into a combination of 19 forwards, eight defencemen and three goaltenders.

Additionally, the team announced that five players have committed to the hockey club; they are Ryan Smith, Giordano Biondi, Andre Anania, Nick DeGrazia and Nathan Ribau.

Ryan Smith was selected by the Wolves in the 11th round of the 2018 OHL Priority selection. The Bala, ON native played last season for the French River Rapids where he picked up 13 goals and 23 assists in 56 games. The 17-year-old left shot centreman played his minor midget season with the North Central Predators.

Sudbury native, Giordano Biondi, was selected by the Wolves in the 14th round of the 2018 OHL Priority Selection and played last season for the Rayside-Balfour Canadians of the NOJHL where he scored 15 goals and added 17 assists for 32 points in 47 games.

Andre Anania was selected by the Wolves in the fourth round, 71st overall in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection. The left defenceman from Richmond Hill played last season for the Toronto Red Wings Minor Midget. In 65 games, the 16-year-old scored 6 goals and added 33 assists for 39 points.

Nick DeGrazia was the Wolves first round selection in the U18 Draft this past spring, 14th overall. In 38 games with the Thunder Bay Kings Midget AAA, the 6-0, 163 lb. forward scored 28 goals and added 16 assists. DeGrazia was also named the 2018-19 Telus Cup Most Sportsmanlike Player.

Nathan Ribau was selected by the Wolves in the fourth round, 78th overall, of the 2018 OHL Priority Selection. The 6-1, 174 lb. defenceman was a member of the OJHL champion Oakville Blades and played in both the Dudley Hewitt Cup and RBC Cup.

The full 30 players that got through the first round of cuts are as follows:

Forwards:

David Levin
Macauley Carson
Shane Bulitka
Owen Robinson
Nolan Hutcheson
Owen Gilhula
Blake McConville
Blake Murray
Kosta Manikis
Quinton Byfield
Ryan Smith
Giordano Biondi
Nick DeGrazia
Landon McCallum
Chase Stillman
Ethan Larmand
Carson McMillan
Jett Leishman
Mathieu Dokis-Dupuis

Defencemen:

Peter Stratis
Emmett Serensits
Liam Ross
Isaak Phillips
Nathan Ribau
Andre Anania
Jack Thompson
Phil Caron

Goaltenders:

Mitchell Weeks
Jonathan Lemaire
David Bowen

The Wolves will play two more pre-season games, with a neutral site game against the reigning Memorial Cup champion Rouyn-Noranda Huskies at the McIntyre Community Centre in Timmins on Sept. 13.

The team will then look to get a measure of revenge on their Northern Ontario rivals the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds after the boys from the Soo came into Sudbury on Aug. 31 and downed the Wolves by a score of 7-2. 

The Wolves and Greyhounds will face off with at the GFL Memorial Gardens in the Soo on Sept. 15 for their final pre-season game.




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