The Sudbury Wolves completed their second trade of the season with the Sarnia Sting by acquiring Sting captain CRAIG DUININCK. Duininck, 6’1”, 190 lbs, right-shot defenceman, was acquired from the Sting along with a 10th round draft selection in exchange for overage defenceman JIMMY MCDOWELL and London’s 2nd round draft selection in the 2014 OHL draft.
Duininck was named team captain of the Sarnia Sting at the start of the season and he has also won a Memorial Cup with the Windsor Spitfires. Duininck has played 317 regular season games in the OHL as well as an impressive 47 play-off games and brings a wealth of experience to the Wolves’ blueline. The rugged two-way defenceman helped the Windsor Spitfires win a Memorial Cup in 2010.
Duininck also played one season under former Spitfires Assistant Coach and current Wolves’ Associate Coach David Matsos. Duininck sits in 5th in team scoring with 4 goals, 6 assists for 10 pointsin 20 games and 19 penalty minutes. Duininck is a native of St. Cloud, Minnesota and was selected in the 4th round of the OHL Priority Selection in 2009 from the Detroit Compuware Minor Midgets.
“The Sudbury Wolves are very excited to acquire one of the most experienced leaders in the OHL in Craig Duininck” notes Wolves’ GM Blaine Smith. “We paid a high price to acquire Craig but we feel that we have addressed an important need and we have made a significant addition to a strong leadership group. Craig is one of the best shot-blockers in the league. He is fearless and he has developed into a solid offensive defenceman as well. We are very excited to have Craig join our organization.”
McDowell, 20, had one goal and six assists in 20 games for the Wolves. The Michigan native was acquired by the Wolves in early September from the Erie Otters. By moving London’s 2nd round draft selection, the Wolves now have 15 draft selections remaining in the 2014 OHL Priority selection including draft selections in Rounds: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14.
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