The Kitchener Rangers announced today they have acquired goaltender Mario Culina in a trade with the Sudbury Wolves.
In exchange, the Wolves will receive an 8th round pick (KIT) in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection.
The 20-year-old, Sault Ste. Marie, ON native is in his third Ontario Hockey League season after being signed as a free agent by the Windsor Spitfires on September 3, 2015. A member of the Spitfires for the last two seasons, he compiled a 23-13-2-1 record with the Club, averaging a 2.79 GAA and .904 save percentage. He was a Mastercard Memorial Cup champion last season along now-reunited teammates Logan Stanley, Logan Brown, Austin McEneny and was also a former teammate of Cole Carter during his time in Windsor.
Culina began the season as a member of the Ryerson Rams men’s hockey team (U SPORT) before being signed by the Wolves on November 20, 2017. In ten games this season with Sudbury, he has registered a 2-5-2-0 record with a 3.44 GAA and .903 save percentage.
“We are excited to add Mario to our team,” said general manager Mike McKenzie. “He is a veteran goalie that will help add some stability in the second half of the year. We look forward to seeing Mario play and continue his junior career in Kitchener.”
Mario Culina (Kuh-LEE-na)
Hometown: Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Birthdate: June 12, 1997