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Scott Barney introduced as new Wolves head coach
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But for the older Sudbury Wolves' faithful, those who enjoyed the team in the mid to late nineties, the name recognition of new head coach Scott Barney might be somewhat limited.

Still, rest assured that current Wolves' management had more than a few options for references in deciding the hire the former captain of the Peterborough Petes (1995-1999), a man who took on the challenge of guiding the Humboldt Broncos as head coach for the past six years.

"He is a young coach who brings great knowledge, communication skills and the demonstrated ability to teach junior age players," noted Wolves' VP and General Manager Rob Papineau in a team issued release.

"His ability to do what he did in Humboldt was truly impressive and inspiring."

A second round draft pick of the Los Angeles Kings who would play in 27 NHL games (despite missing three full years due to a back injury - 1999-2002) and would enjoy a professional career that spanned 12 years and seven different countries, Barney joined the Broncos less than six months following the tragic bus crash that saddened the entire hockey world.

Barney spent the 2005-2006 season with the Chicago Wolves (AHL), the third leading scorer (53GP - 32G - 19A) on a team that included Derek MacKenzie.

In the five years he would suit up in the American Hockey League, Barney would play parts of four seasons under long-time NHL coach Bruce Boudreau.

During the season that he spent with the Grand Rapids Griffins (2006-2007), Barney was teammates with current North Bay Battalion head coach Ryan Oulahen while Sault Ste Marie native Mike Martone was part of a few of the Petes' teams on which Barney also played.

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