Sudbury Wolves have dealt overage centre Mathew Campagna to the Plymouth Whalers in an Ontario Hockey League trade finalized earlier today.
In exchange for Campagna — who finished third on the Wolves in scoring in 2013-2014 with 74 points — Sudbury receives two second-round draft picks and a third-round pick from Plymouth.
The trading of Campagna was partly necessitated by the Wolves having an abundance of potential overage candidates returning for the 2014-2015 season including forwards Nathan Pancel, Brody Silk, Ray Huether and defenceman Jeff Corbett.
Campagna, who has played for the Wolves for four seasons, requested the move.
“I feel it is time for me to go in a new direction,” said Campagna. “I struggled offensively in the second half of last season and given the tragic loss of my billet (Fabio Belli), I really believe it would be difficult for me to play hockey in Sudbury again without Fabio by my side.
“I want to thank Wolves management for giving me this new opportunity and I want to thank (owner) Mark Burgess and the Burgess family who have been fantastic to me and very supportive of me and my family during my four years in Sudbury. I now look forward to a new start in Plymouth.”
Wolves general manager Blaine Smith said Campagna will be missed.
“Mathew is a very skilled player and a fine young man and we are going to miss him here in Sudbury,” said Smith. “I feel we owed it to Mathew to give him a fresh start with a new team after all he has been through and provide him with renewed hope of earning a free agent contract with a National Hockey League team,” said Smith.
Smith acknowledged that Campagna was one of the most attractive overage players that the Wolves had and provided the team with the best chance of recouping some missing early draft selections.
“Plymouth gave us the best offer for Mathew and it was important to our organization and our scouting staff to recoup some top draft selections in order to draft high-end players in the future,” added Smith.