BLOG: Dustin Wolf ‘ready to go’ when he gets the chance

Dustin Wolf has been waiting for this moment for a long time.

The Everett Silvertips rookie goaltender is scheduled to debut tonight in Kamloops, presumably as the backup.

While Carter Hart is still officially “day-to-day” per head coach Dennis Williams, I expect Hart will play if he feels up to it. I don’t know if Wolf or Dorrin Luding will start if Hart doesn’t feel ready.

Regardless, it will be Wolf’s first appearance on a WHL score sheet.

“Just getting back into it with the guys is (enjoyable) for me,” Wolf said. “I’m ready to go.”

Wolf had surgery on both his hips this offseason. He underwent the knife on his right side in May, then returned in June for the left. Instead of ramping up summer workouts prior to his rookie WHL campaign, Wolf found himself sitting on the couch, recuperating.

“It’s really hard, not only for your skill sets, but for your mind, too,” Wolf said. “I had a real tough time in July when I had to go watch a couple of hockey camps, but once I started to get back on the ice I started to get my confidence back.”

The signing of the Tustin, California, native was a coup for the Silvertips, who selected Wolf in the fifth round of the 2016 bantam draft. He’s been described as a WHL “first-round talent,” but fell because he’s an American.

The Tips beat out the U.S. National Development Team Program and numerous NCAA Division I programs when he signed in January.

An only child, Wolf relocated to Everett with his parents during the offseason.

“Having my family here is wonderful and having the guys – just close proximity to everybody – I’m not used to that (in California),” Wolf said. “I get to hang with the guys a bunch and bond a bunch.”

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