Sudbury, ON – The Sudbury Wolves are pleased to announce that Alain Valiquette, the team’s starting goaltender during the 2009-11 seasons, has been named the team’s new Goaltending Coach. Valiquette was with the team from 2006 through 2011 playing in 142 games in the OHL over 5 season.
“We are very happy to be adding Alain Valiquette to our coaching staff,” said Rob Papineau, Wolves VP Hockey Operations and General Manager. “He is a Greater Sudbury native as well as a Sudbury Wolves OHL graduate. Every person we checked with could not say enough positive things about Alain as a person and as a student of the game and the goaltending position. We look forward to having Alain work with Jake and our other goalie prospects.”
Valiquette is eager for the challenge and looking forward to getting on the ice and working with the goaltenders as soon as training camp starts which is in just over two weeks.
“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to coach at this level with a staff that has this talent and I’m looking forward to contributing to the team,” said Valiquette, “my experience, having played in the league, having played with a winning team my first year in the league and now coming full circle and getting a chance to use my coaching experience to improve the performance of the goalies when it counts, is great. I can relate to the players and stress the importance of mental strength especially during those challenging points in the season. This is going to be fun.”
He brings a connection to the 2006-2007 Eastern Champion team having been called up from the Jr. Wolves that year. Valiquette has played in 11 professional games in the ECHL but spent the majority of his hockey career after his four seasons with the Wolves in the CIS playing in 65 games split between Western (10) and Laurentian University (55). Valiquette recently completed his Bachelor’s degree and stayed on as goaltending coach of the Laurentian Men’s Hockey team.
“Having a player that is familiar with the organization and brings with him such a positive and constructive attitude and solid experience in this league is great,” said Head Coach Cory Stillman. “Other than the selection of the team and the first few weeks of bringing the players together, the next challenge is bringing together the coaching staff and laying the groundwork for the new season. Lots of challenges lay ahead, but I think we are putting together a strong group that will lead the development of these players that will result in the competitiveness of the team.”
Fans will have a chance to reconnect with Alain at training camp or before as he is currently assisting at the Wolves Hockey School. The team is preparing to welcome 50 players and three teams to training camp on August 31st for the on-ice and off-ice training before the annual Blue and White game at 9am, Saturday September 2nd at the Sudbury Arena.
What they are saying:
“I am real excited for Al and the Wolves organization. This is a natural progression for his career. I have been lucky to have had the opportunity to work closely with Vali for the past 10 years as a player for the Sudbury Wolves, Laurentian University and also as a coach. It is easy to see the great knowledge and passion he has for the game and the position. Al is a high character human being who’s coachability and compete are obvious strengths. The Wolves goaltenders are fortunate to have a leader like Al as he has the intangibles and knowledge to set them up for success in the OHL and beyond in their careers. He is a great addition as his work ethic, loyalty and ability to communicate will quickly allow him to build solid relationships with everyone in the organization. I cannot say enough good things about Al. You meet a lot of good people in the game of hockey but Al is a person that has become someone I respect, trust and will always be a lifelong friend”
Scott Murray, Goaltending Coach – Washington Capitals
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