Former Sudbury Wolves star joins Sting as goaltending coach

Goalie Franky Palazzese of the Sudbury Wolves defelects a shot from Barclay Goodrow of the North Bay Battalion during OHL action from the Sudbury Community Arena on Sunday Dec. 15, 2013. Gino Donato/The Sudbury Star

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The Sarnia Sting hired former star Sudbury Wolves netminder Franky Palazzese as their new goaltending coach Tuesday.

Palazzese, 26, played four full seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 2010 to 2014 with Kingston, Kitchener and Sudbury.

The Mississauga native then played two pro seasons with the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers before retiring in 2016.

“I am very excited that we have been able to hire Franky to our staff,” Sting general manager Nick Sinclair said in a statement. “Having recently retired from the pro game his ability to relate and guide our goaltenders will be instrumental in their development going forward.”

Franky Palazzese

 

Palazzese was the goaltending coach for the University of Toronto last season. He’s also run the Franky Palazzese Goalie School since 2016.

“As we went through the evaluation process, Franky’s name was one that continued to be pushed forward as one of the top up-and-coming goaltending instructors around,” Sinclair said. “His passion for the game, work ethic, and attention to detail are key elements in his makeup that will serve him well in this position.”

Palazzese had a 71-69-7-19 record with a 3.13 goals-against average and .914 save percentage in his OHL career. He posted a pair of 20-win seasons.

“I am very excited to be back in the Ontario Hockey League and to have the opportunity to work with such (an) experienced staff,” he said in a statement. “I look forward to being able to share my knowledge with the goalies and help contribute to a successful season ahead.”

Palazzese replaces Cory Campbell, who was the Sting’s goaltending coach for two years.

The Sting open training camp Monday, Aug. 26.

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