Dave MacQueen will continue in Corona Brașov’s “wolfpack”.

The management of our club has decided to extend the contract of Canadian coach Dave MacQueen (61 years old) for next season as well.

Coming to Brașov in February to replace Slovakian coach Julius Penzes, Dave MacQueen failed to complete his term because Romania’s national championship ended prematurely due to the Covid pandemic 19.

We remind you that the Canadian coach also went through the strong EBEL league where he coached the Austrian team Dornbirner EC for seven seasons (during 2012-2019).

He will be seconded on the bench by Levente Zsok (second coach) and Rajmond Fulop (goalkeeping coach).

Olivier Dame-Malka, the defender of the French national team, joins the “wolves”.

The Canadian defender, but naturalized as French (and part of the national team of France), Olivier Dame-Malka (30 years old) will strengthen the defense of Corona Brașov.

For the French national team, Olivier has played in two World Championships “elite group” and in 38 friendly games.

In total, he wore the French jersey 52 times.

The Montreal-born defender trained in North American hockey (including QMJHL, ECHL and AHL) and is a highly titled player who has won the French championship, the French Cup and the Continental Cup, the World Championships and played as well in the League of European Champions.

Last season he played for Nice, in the first French league, being the team captain and the second scorer in terms of points, with 27 points in 38 games (8 goals and 19 assists).

Olivier made his debut in the French championship in the 2014/2015 season, for the Dijon team.
Two seasons followed in Rouen, where he managed – in the 2015/2016 season – to become champion of France, to win the French Cup and to win the Continental Cup.

For Rouen, he also played in the Champions Hockey League, in the 2016/2017 season.

After the second season in Rouen, he was selected in the French national team, debuting in 2017 at the World Championship, playing in 7 matches (against Canada, Finland, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Norway, Slovenia and Belarus).

He managed to score an exceptional goal in the goal of Canada, a goal that was chosen “goal of day 7” of the World Championship.

At the beginning of the 2017/2018 season, he transferred to the HC Banska Bystrica team in the first Slovak league (for which he also played in the Champions Hockey League) and in the second part of the season he returned to the French first league (in Grenoble).

The 2018/2019 season started in the North American ECHL league with the Florida Everblades but for the end of the season it returned to the first French league (in Nice).

In 2019, he represented France for the second time at the World Championship, playing in Group A (Kosice – Slovakia), entering the ice against Canada, Finland, the United States, Slovakia, Germany, Denmark and the United Kingdom.

At this World Cup he managed to score a new goal, surprising the Danish goalkeeper from the middle of the field (not a coincidence, Olivier scoring goals from this distance at other times, including in the European Champions League).

We are glad that such a player, highly titrated in European hockey and with a huge experience at a high level, could be convinced to wear the “wolves” jersey for the 2020/2021 season.

Welcome, Olivier!

Canadian defender Josh McFadden joins the “wolves”.

To complete the defense of our team, the club’s management reached an agreement with the Canadian defender Josh McFadden (29 years old).

Josh (185 cm. And 91 kg) is a very energetic defender, with exceptional physical qualities and a strong shot from the “blue line”.

Due to these qualities, he was co-opted in 2012 by the Florida Panthers (NHL) team with which he signed an “entry level” type contract for 3 years, after impressing in the “training camp”.

He didn’t make his NHL debut, but he played for the Florida Panthers in the AHL and ECHL (San Antonio Rampage and Cincinnati Cyclones) at the time.

After completing his contract with the Florida Panthers, he had a one-year break and then joined the team at Guleph University (Canada).

After completing his studies in Canada, he returned to professional hockey, joining in 2018 the Sheffield Steelers team (in the British professional league-EIHL).

In the 2018/2019 season he played for the Sheffield Steelers in a number of 51 games, scoring 27 points (6 goals and 21 assists).

Last season he played for the German team EV Landshut (DEL 2).

From the 2020/2021 season he will appear in the “wolves” team where he will bring extra strength and attitude.

Welcome, Carlo Finucci!

After our team has strengthened its attack with Radim Valchar and Tomas Klempa, a very valuable new striker will join the “wolves”.

It is about the Canadian (holder and Italian citizenship) Carlo Finucci (33 years old), who can evolve as both “left” and “right”.

The 175 cm player and 86 kg comes from the British Professional League (EIHL) where he played in the last 4 seasons for the Scottish team Fife Flyers.
In the British professional league he played – in the 4 seasons – in a number of 221 games and scored 197 points.

He also had 28 appearances in the EIHL Cup, scoring 15 points.

Carlo joined European hockey in 2014, signing with the Danish first league team Rungsted.
That season he was the team’s third scorer, scoring 35 points in 35 games.

In European hockey he also played in the British EPIHL league (2015-2016 season) for the Swindon Wildcats team.

Until 2014, Carlo played in North America, in the Canadian youth leagues Midget, PIJHL and BCHL, in the American university league NCAA (at the “Alaska-Fairbanks” university team) but also in the professional league ECHL.

In the North American professional league, ECHL played for 3 seasons, for the Las Vegas Wranglers and Evansville Icemen teams.

Carlo Finucci is a very professional player – according to the received references – a technical and fast striker, with a very good mentality and an innate scorer.

Given the experience and value of this player, we expect many goals scored for “wolves” in this season.