The Sudbury Wolves will have a different look behind the bench this season with the announcement that former NHL defenceman Drake Berehowsky will be the Wolves' new Associate Coach for the 2015-16 OHL season. Berehowsky, assumes the Associate Coach position from David Matsos who recently signed a multi-year contract with the Sudbury Wolves as the club's new Head Coach.
Berehowsky has coached at various levels of hockey for the past eight
seasons. Most recently, Berehowsky was the Head Coach of the Lethbridge
Hurricanes of the Western Hockey League. Prior to that, he served as Head Coach
of the Orlando Solar Bears of the East Coast League. Berehowsky was an assistant
coach with the Peoria Rivermen of the American Hockey League for three seasons
(2009-2012). He also served as an assistant coach for three seasons in the OHL
with the Barrie Colts and the Battalion.
"We are very pleased to have
Drake Berehowsky join our coaching staff" notes Wolves' President and General
Manager Blaine Smith. "Drake is an outstanding teacher and he will do a great
job mentoring our young defencemen in particular. He will also provide
experienced bench support for Coach Matsos. I believe we now have one of the
best coaching staff in the OHL with a good mix of OHL experience and Pro
Berehowsky was drafted 10th overall by the Toronto
Maple Leafs in 1990 and played 12 seasons in the NHL with Toronto, Pittsburgh,
Vancouver, Pheonix, Nashville and the Edmonton Oilers. Berehowsky concluded his
playing career in Europe in 2006.
"I am extremely excited to join David
Matsos and the rest of the Sudbury Wolves coaching staff and bring my family up
to Sudbury where OHL hockey is the big game in town" notes Berehowsky. "Having
played in North Bay, I know the passion that northern Ontario fans have for
their OHL teams, and I know how badly the fans of Sudbury want to see their
Wolves win a championship. I see excellent potential with the group of players
that the Sudbury Wolves have gathered together, and I like the plan that team
management has in place. I am truly excited to play a part of the future success
of the Sudbury Wolves franchise."
Wolves' Head Coach David Matsos is
equally pleased to have signed a long-term contract with the Sudbury Wolves and
very excited to have Berehowsky join his coaching staff.
absolutely loves living in Sudbury and I am very honoured that ownership and
management have awarded me with the challenge of being the Wolves' new Head
Coach" notes Matsos. "There are only 20 Head Coaching positions available in the
OHL and I am very grateful to be given the chance and the challenge to show what
I can do to help lead this team in the right direction. I believe we have the
makings of a winning hockey club moving forward and I look forward to working
with Drake and Bryan."
Matsos adds, "It was very important for us to hire
an Associate Coach that could teach our young defensemen and help us find ways
to cut down on our goals against. As a former NHL defenceman, Drake has some
excellent ideas on ways of improving our power play and generating offense from
the back-end. Drake is an innovator and he uses video and hockey analytics
effectively. I know that Drake will play a major role in getting our team back
on track and we are very fortunate to add the knowledge and expertise that Drake
provides to our team."
Bryan Verreault returns for his second full season
as Assistant Coach and working with David Matsos behind the Wolves' bench.
Verreault worked for the Wolves from 2004 until 2009 as an Assistant to Heach
Coach & GM Mike Foligno. The Sudbury Wolves advanced to the OHL finals in
2007 under the direction of Foligno, Verreault and former assistant coach Bob
(News Release from the Sudbury Wolves)