Consummate volunteer Albert Corradini is moving up from his long-time position as general manager of the Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves to take over as commissioner of the Great North Midget Hockey League.
The 57-year old Corradini takes office as the new sheriff in the Great North from Darren Potvin, who recently stepped down after one season on the job to return to a management post with the league’s Kapuskasing Flyers.
Corradini spent 11 seasons as GM of the Nickel Capital Wolves, who are the reigning champions of the Great North and a perennial league power.
Under his guidance and leadership, Sudbury and the Nickel Capital Wolves played host to the Telus Cup central region play downs in 2017 and the Telus Cup national championships in 2018.
In taking on the responsibilities as volunteer commissioner of the nine-member Great North (six major midget teams and three minor midget clubs) Corradini told Hockey News North that he has a “long list of things” to do to try to improve the overall state of the league, which was founded back in 1986.
Corradini, who has the full support of the league’s member teams and who just recently took official reins as commissioner, said he wants to upgrade the statistical and electronic content related to players and teams that includes games being shown on HockeyTV.
The new commissioner also stated that the Great North needs to work on the consistency of how games are officiated, calling that a matter of “us needing to achieve a certain standard that meets the standards of other midget leagues in Ontario.”
Corradini added that he wants to work with commissioner Robert Mazzuca and the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League to implement programs relative to “the safety of our players and the mental health of our players.”
Having had championship and player development success during his 11 years with the Nickel Capital Wolves, Corradini noted that he is “protective of the midget brand of hockey in the north.
“This isn’t just about Sudbury … or Sault Ste. Marie or North Bay for that matter. This is about all of our teams in the north, including the ones in Timmins, Kapuskasing and New Liskeard,” Corradini said pointedly.
A Sudbury resident who works in the financial industry, Corradini acknowledged that “it is going to take time” to implement the processes that he hopes will improve the overall brand of the Great North loop.
“We have a good league … a first class league,” he said. “We have a really long history with some good results. We just want to make it more appealing for families and their kids to want to play in the Great North Midget Hockey League.”
Corradini said the Great North loop will continue to operate with the same nine teams in 2018-2019 that it did in 2017-2018.
Soo Thunderbirds, Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves, North Bay Trappers, Timmins Majors, Kapuskasing Flyers and New Liskeard Cubs will make up the major midget division with all teams playing 36 regular season games.
Soo Thunderbirds, Sudbury Wolves and North Bay Trappers will comprise the minor midget division with all teams playing 24 regular season games.
The major midget teams will play one another six times and play the minor midget teams two times each.