Choose among a variety of subscription packages and stay up to date with convenient home delivery and our on the go digital e-edition. “It was a learning experience last year, for sure. Sudbury Wolves head coach Cory Stillman watches the action from behind the bench during the 2019-20 OHL season. “Jeff had approached me to see if I was interested in this and I knew I wanted to stay involved in the game, so coaching was definitely something that interested me. In recent interviews, all three players have been quite complimentary towards Stillman, a former first-rounder himself and a veteran of more than 1,000 NHL games, and to the rest of his staff for helping them to become bona fide big-league prospects. Junior-age skaters and prospects working to stay in shape, Chase Stillman, right, handles the puck while Damien Giroux gives chase during a training session at Garson Arena in Garson, Ontario on Wednesday, October 14, 2020. Rayside general manager Jeff Forsyth is another familiar face, having coached Chaumont’s son in minor hockey, while senior advisor Blaine Smith and owner Mark Burgess were running the OHL’s Wolves throughout Chaumont’s entire run in that league. “It’s really about keeping busy. “I thought I would play another three, four years, but with everything going on in the world, things were put into question,” he said. “The summer months make a big difference in 18-year-old kids,” Stillman said. “We have a young group again, but we will compete no matter what and hopefully, we will have a good season.”.

“Once he realizes what he is, what he can be, he’s big and strong and he’s going to be a guy who is relied upon to shut down, to be hard to play against. All rights reserved. He also dressed for 13 contests with the Wolves, scoring his first OHL goal in a win Byfield was taken in the first round, second overall, by the Los Angeles Kings last Tuesday, making him the highest-drafted player in Wolves history. Man sought on serious outstanding charges. Stillman was pleased to hear his players speak so highly of his coaching staff, and take their advice to heart. “When I was done with the Wolves, things didn’t work out as far as playing in the NHL, but there’s always different avenues you can take if you have that passion for the sport.

Until he’s told otherwise, he’ll keep preparing for a Nov. 15 training camp, and look to show up in prime condition.

“He has had a long time to train, to get better.

© 2020 Sudbury Star. Stillman has little doubt that Byfield is working hard as ever during a lengthy off-season, and though the Wolves would be happy to have him back, Sudbury’s coach believes Byfield is capable of making LA’s lineup for 2020-21. “I’ll go there, hopefully play well in pre-season, and we’ll see how things settle out,” he said. A member of Sun Media Community Newspapers part of Postmedia Network. “It was nice to get a few games in last season, to get that experience. Bobby Chaumont in action in Germany during the 2018-19 season. Biondi has been on the ice regularly in late summer and early fall — first with the Rayside-Balfour Canadians of the NOJHL, who recently hosted a skills and conditioning camp, then with a group of junior-age skaters and prospects who gather three days a week at Garson Arena. “This is a transition for me, playing pro for many years and now being on this side of things, but it’s going great,” said Chaumont, shortly before heading on the ice on Wednesday. Published on: October 14, 2020 | Last Updated: October 14, 2020 9:00 PM EDT. Bobby Chaumont may be taking on a new role, but he’s certainly familiar with many of his castmates. This section was produced by the editorial department. As he gets bigger and stronger, I think you saw improvements from the first year to the second, and I think you’re going to see even more this year. This will be my first full year here in a long time and I hope everything gets going and we have a season.”. He’s eager to pick up where he left off, but in the meantime, the high-tempo sessions in Garson are proving an acceptable substitute. “When he came in as a 16 year old, he had dominated the minor midget level, and he had the puck all the time,” Stillman recalled. “With Q being the highest pick ever for the Sudbury Wolves, that’s a great accomplishment for him,” Stillman said of his star centreman. He also dressed for 13 contests with the Wolves, scoring his first OHL goal in a win over the North Bay Battalion on Sept. 27, 2019.
COVID-19 makes for hard times at Sudbury's arenas, Nickel City Nostalgia: Suspension of Sudbury Salto activities stirs memories, Ontario’s budget provides $180.5 million on training and jobs for tourism and hospitality sector, Winter Wonderland on the Island quickly cancelled amid COVID-19 growth, Sault to ask feds to limit cross border exemptions. Despite missing time due to injury, Zacharie Giroux had a good showing for the Canadians last season, collecting nine goals and 14 assists in 23 games. “It feels good to get the legs moving and to see the guys again,” said Giroux, who was impressed by the level of intensity on Wednesday. Considering Byfield’s effectiveness as a two-way player, even as an OHL rookie two years ago, it may be difficult to believe that for much of his minor hockey career, even at the U16 level, defence was mostly an afterthought for the talented Newmarket native. “You want to win those battles. In the meantime, local players have been doing their best to stay sharp, stay focused and to be ready when the puck finally drops.

© 2020 Sudbury Star. 2019-20 Sudbury Wolves roster and statistics League Search Page-> OHL-> 2019-20-> Sudbury Wolves-> Roster & Statistics Click to view Player Register Game-by … “I feel like the conditioning is coming back, for sure.”. John Lappa / Sudbury Star. There’s only a select few activities you can do, but training is one of them, so I have been doing a lot of it and having fun. The OHL has targeted a Nov. 15 opening date for training camps and a Dec. 1 start to the regular season, but the league continues to work on details of its return-to-play plan. “The rounds they went into, I think that’s where they deserved to be, and there’s upside for everyone.”. “There’s not much you can do about the situation, so I’m just going to have fun with it.”.

A member of Sun Media Community Newspapers part of Postmedia Network. Mox (Darryl Moxam) has been here since I started, and we watch a lot of video, we discuss a lot of hockey, and for us to have two defencemen drafted, he’s a big part of that. Whatever knowledge he gave me I took to heart. “We knew coming in that he was going to be a special player, for however long we were going to have him, and for me, it’s just seeing his development, seeing his understanding of the game, seeing the strides he has made in those two years. Yes, but I would like to see him play in the NHL. on Wednesday September 16, 2020. Having wrapped up a 14-year pro hockey career, with stops all over North America and Europe, the 35-year-old Sudbury native has moved behind the bench as a member of the Rayside-Balfour Canadians’ new coaching staff. Ben Leeson/The Sudbury Star/Postmedia Network Biondi played in 27 games for Rayside last season, scoring 12 times and adding nine assists. “We switched him in his first year, for about a month, from centre to a wing, for him to stop and start, get into our zone, and to take some pressure off him, but he is a centreman and we have seen now, when he comes from behind, when he stops in our zone, when he gets the puck at the top of the circles at full speed, he’s hard to handle.”, "He's played over 1,000 NHL games and won a Cup. If you want to compete at that next level, you want to be competitive.”. “I’m looking forward to getting to know these guys and getting to know what their aspirations are with hockey, whether it’s finishing up here or to move on and explore other avenues,” Chaumont said.

“The staff has changed and this will be the first time coming back with the same staff, but the coaches that have come in here have all done a great job, from Jordan Smith to Bud Stefanski and now Storts (Zack Stortini).

He would be on the ice, playing and competing, and we get to take advantage of the skill set he brings, even if it is only for five or 10 games.”. It gets me socializing a little bit, which is good, and getting out as much as possible.”, Gio Biondi takes part in a puck-handling drill during a training session at Garson Arena in Garson, Ontario on Wednesday, October 14, 2020. "@Sudbury_Wolves defenceman Jack Thompson (@jackthompson_22) shares wisdom imparted to him by head coach Cory Stillman after being chosen 93rd overall by the @TBLightning in the 2020 #NHLDraft pic.twitter.com/dMM8hnUCI9. He believes that Phillips, too, can only benefit from becoming a more imposing physical presence, even if the Barrie native is already possessed of a larger frame, as well as superb skating and a smart stick. Photo supplied. He has been big for me.”. Gio Biondi takes part in a puck-handling drill during a training session at Garson Arena in Garson, Ontario on Wednesday, October 14, 2020. The siblings have relied upon one another for support since the OHL suspended, then cancelled the remainder of its season back in March. A couple of years ago, he got involved in the burgeoning Northern Ontario film industry, and played several small parts in locally shot films — police officer, military aide, search-and-rescue worker and, naturally, hockey player, before landing his first credited speaking role as a caroller in Pride and Prejudice and Christmas, a Hallmark movie starring Mean Girls alumna Lacey Chabert. Now, I know what I need to do to get to that level. “Every little mistake, everything I need to improve on, he’s always there to help me with those little things. Chaumont back full-time: Former Sudbury Wolves star, longtime pro player makes move to coaching with Rayside-Balfour Canadians This section was produced by the editorial department. Having recently played the game at a high level, he hopes to provide insight for Rayside’s returnees and recruits alike as to what will be required of them if they want to advance their own careers. Biondi played in 27 games for Rayside last season, scoring 12 times and adding nine assists. I know his goal, as it should be right now, is playing in LA and having a strong camp, whenever that is going to be. The Sudbury Wolves bench boss could look on with pride, and no small sense of accomplishment, when all three were selected in the NHL Entry Draft last week.

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