Juniors: Sudbury Wolves shut down; Omaha roster moves open

The OHL suspended team activities for the Sudbury Wolves today after 12 players tested positive for COVID-19.

“All players affected are currently asymptomatic or exhibiting mild symptoms and the League and team will continue to monitor their well-being,” the league said in a statement.

All the players are presumed to have been vaccinated for COVID-19. The Ontario Hockey League had previously incorporated specific COVID-19 protocols including mandatory vaccination for all members of the OHL Community including players, staff, officials, and billets.

As a result of the suspension of team activities for the Sudbury Wolves, the following OHL regular season games have been postponed, with additional games subject to further review:

Wednesday, December 1 – Sudbury Wolves at Soo Greyhounds
Friday, December 3 – Barrie Colts at Sudbury Wolves
Saturday, December 4 – Sudbury Wolves at Barrie Colts

Kingston, Guelph announce commitments

The Kingston Frontenacs announced that Duncan Schneider has signed a standard player agreement.

“He is a stand-up defenseman who is going to force attackers to make plays before they hit his blueline due to his quick pressure,” said NZ scouts. “Most of the time those attacks are disrupted due to his gap, pressure, and great defensive skills. Strong in his own end, Duncan moves the puck quickly and smartly.”

Schneider, a 2005, was selected in the fifth round of the 2021 OHL Priority Selection by the Kingston Frontenacs. Duncan has been playing with the Cobourg Cougars during the 2021-22 season. In 17 games this season, the blueliner has registered 3 assists.

The Guelph Storm announced that Gavin Grundner has committed to an OHL Standard Player Agreement with the hockey club.

“Grundner elected to take on the defense most of the time, trying to beat them with speed rather than setting up a passing play, which sometimes saw him lose the puck,” said NZ scouts. “When these plays succeeded, he made good on the chance and netted a breakaway goal. He would frequently work to create space so that he could score without contention, rather than taking a contended shot.”

The 6-foot-1 left winger from Windsor, Ontario was selected by the Storm in the ninth round, 172nd overall in the 2020 OHL Priority Selection.

Grundner had an excellent 2019-2020 season with the Windsor Jr. Spitfires U16 AAA program recording 19 goals and 13 assists for 32 points in 32 regular-season games and producing 13 goals and 7 assists for 20 points in 14 playoff games for the U16 squad.

Grundner also had a nice start to his first season of junior hockey for the GOJHL’s Leamington Flyers, recording 9 goals and 8 assists for 17 points in 17 games to start the 2021-22 season.

Roster moves coming in Omaha

Chris Peters reported today that the Omaha Lancers have opened up their roster and several player transactions could be forthcoming. Peters reported that the team will begin facilitating trades soon.

“Some players had already requested trades before the league stepped in two weeks ago,” reported Peters on Twitter (@chrismpeters). “Others hoped to be dealt after things blew up.”