SUDBURY NICKEL BARONS
Release date: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Sudbury Nickel Barons announce affiliation with OHL Wolves
SUDBURY — The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Sudbury Nickel Barons have announced that they have reached an affiliation agreement with the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League.
Purchased in 2012 by local businessman and former hockey player, Mike Mooney, renamed the club the Sudbury Nickel Barons.
The change in ownership had a positive impact in reestablishing a working agreement with the major junior Wolves after the Jr. A side had undergone a number of
ownership, management and coaching changes over the past few years.
“Working with the Sudbury Wolves, as their primary affiliate, gives the Nickel Barons more credibility as a
Jr. A hockey club,” stated Nickel Barons owner Mooney.
“We are honoured and look forward to working with the Wolves to help develop locally drafted players and others take the next step in their
A pair of local Sudbury Wolves draft picks suited up for the Nickel Barons last season including
goaltender Michael Muzyka and forward Dylan Callaghan.
For their part the OHL’s Wolves are also looking forward to the affiliation agreement.
“The Sudbury Wolves are pleased to welcome the Sudbury Nickel Barons Jr. A team as our official affiliate team for the 2013-14 season,” noted Wolves’ president and general manager Blaine Smith.
“Mike Mooney and his family have been big supporters of the Sudbury Wolves over the years and we look forward to
working with GM Oscar Clouthier and head coach Trevor Blanchard, both of whome are Sudbury Wolves
alumni,” added Smith.
“It will be great to give local players playing on the Nickel Barons an opportunity to experience OHL hockey as call-ups to the Wolves.”