Fresh from a stint as head coach of the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, Denny Lambert has joined the scouting staff of the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League.
The 51-year old Lambert will be primarily responsible for covering northern Ontario as well as cross over duties to other regions for the Wolves.
Wolves general manager Rob Papineau noted the character and background of the well respected Lambert, who is originally from the small northern Ontario town of Wawa.
“He is from the north and he is a proud member of the Batchewana First Nation where he is a role model and works as a police constable. I have always respected him both as player and as a person. He was always a fierce competitor who had a never quit mentality and attitude. He had an incredible hockey career and is a terrific example to all young players that staying committed and never losing sight of your goal can pay off as he was amazingly never drafted into the OHL or the National Hockey League, yet he persevered and had a great professional hockey career. He has a great eye for talent and we are thrilled to have Denny on our team now,” relayed Papineau.
A hard-nosed, rugged left winger during his playing days, Lambert skated for the Soo Greyhounds from 1988 to 1991 and posted 65 goals, 83 assists, 148 points over three full seasons.
Then, regular season and playoffs included, Lambert played in more than 500 NHL games with four different teams.
Following his playing career, Lambert coached the Soo Greyhounds for parts of eight seasons, including three as the head coach.
Now, in taking the scouting job with Sudbury, Lambert said he is looking forward to helping identify the next generation of Wolves players.
“I am very excited to be joining the Sudbury Wolves as a scout,” Lambert began. “It is a first class organization and I would like to thank (owner) Dario Zulich and (GM) Rob Papineau and the entire Sudbury Wolves organization for this great opportunity. I look forward to working with head scout, Mike Taylor, and the rest of the scouting staff. Hockey is always been a big part of my life and I look forward to this next chapter in my hockey journey.”
Taylor, as head scout, noted the bond that the Wolves have with Lambert.
“Denny has been a person in the north that we have built a great relationship with over the past few seasons and his experience and insight will immensely help our staff with identifying the type of players we covet,” said Taylor.