Cull was granted an extension to his contract, carrying him through until the end of the 2013-14 season, after leading the Wolves to their best regular season record in the past 11 seasons.
“Trent has done a great job helping to turn the team’s fortunes around since his arrival here in Sudbury two years ago,” Wolves’ CEO Mark Burgess said.
Joining Cull as assistants are David Bell and Jason Young. Bell comes to Sudbury from the Quad City Mallards of the CHL where he served as the head coach and general manager for one season. Prior to that, Bell was an assistant coach with the Barrie Colts for two seasons and played an important role in the Colts’ run to the OHL finals in 2010. Bell also served as an assistant coach with the Owen Sound Attack for three seasons as well as a two-year stint as an assistant coach with Springfield of the AHL. Bell is a former captain and defenceman with the Ottawa 67’s where he played four seasons for Brian Kilrea. Bell played in 471 professional games in the AHL, ECHL and UHL.
Young played for the Wolves in the early 90’s and was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres. He played professional hockey in Europe for 15 years and also played in the AHL and on Canada’s men's national team. Young recently pursued his interest in coaching as an assistant coach of the Nickel City Sons Major Midgets. He also served as the head coach of the Northern Ontario Minor Midget team that represented the North at the OHL Cup in March.
The teams scouts also has some new faces. Andrew Shaw has been hired as the team's new head scout. The Toronto native brings more than 20 years of scouting experience at the OHL and NHL levels to the Wolves’ organization.
Shaw will assume leadership of the Wolves’ veteran scouting department, which includes an experienced staff consisting of: 30-year OHL scouting veteran Gil Hughes (Toronto area), 15-year veteran Sean Howard (Ontario East) and former Atlanta Thrashers NHL scout Dave Burstyn (Ontario West). Also returning to the Wolves’ scouting staff are: Northern Ontario scout Peter Michelutti Jr., Northwestern Ontario scout Terry Chitaroni, USA scouts George Bessett and Rick Wolfe along with European scout Dan Cuomo.
Shaw replaces former head scout Norm Robert who recently completed a two-year term with the Wolves. Wolves’ director of player development Bryan Verreault will also return this season and will continue to provide feedback on the progress of drafted players and free agent players.
The Sudbury Wolves also announced the addition of two new support staff to the hockey club.
Former Wolves’ player Jeff Verreault, of Azilda, will be the new assistant trainer, assisting returning head trainer and athletic therapist Dan Buckland.
Wolves’ customers will also be greeted by a new face in the Wolves’ office this season. Miranda Swain assumes the role of office manager and will serve season ticket holders and the general public alike from the Wolves’ office located in the Sudbury Arena.