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Sudbury Wolves
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City Sudbury, Ontario
League Ontario Hockey League
Conference Eastern
Division Central
Founded 1962 (NOJHA)
1972 (OHA)
Home arena Sudbury Community Arena
Colors Blue, white and grey
              
Owner(s) Dario Zulich
General manager Barclay Branch
Head coach David Matsos

Website
www.sudburywolves.com
Franchise history
1945–60 Barrie Flyers
1960–72 Niagara Falls Flyers
1972–present Sudbury Wolves

The Sudbury Wolves are an OHL ice hockey team from Sudbury, Ontario. Sudbury has had a hockey team known as the "Wolves" (or "Club Wolves" for their junior team) nearly every year since World War I. The Sudbury Wolves, the senior men's AAA team, have twice been chosen to be Canada's representatives at the Ice Hockey World Championships. They were Canada's team at both the 1938 and 1949 World Ice Hockey Championships, winning the World Championship title for Canada in 1938, and the silver medal in 1949.[1]

The Sudbury Cub Wolves junior team began play in the 1920s as a member of the Nickel Belt Hockey League, then later in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League. In 1932 and 1935, this team won the George Richardson Memorial Trophy as Eastern Canada's Junior "A" champions. They won the Memorial Cup in 1932 and were runners-up in 1935.

The current edition of the Sudbury Wolves is a junior ice hockey team that play in the Ontario Hockey League. The team is based in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. The Sudbury Wolves have existed since 1962 in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey Association, and 1972 in the OHL.

HistoryEdit

Sudbury has had a hockey team known as the Wolves or Club Wolves nearly every year since World War I. A Sudbury Cub Wolves junior team began play in the 1920s as a member of the Nickel Belt Hockey League, then later the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League. Under the management of Max Silverman, this team won the George Richardson Memorial Trophy in 1932 and 1935, as Eastern Canadian champions. They won the Memorial Cup in 1932 and were runners-up in 1935. The senior Wolves represented Team Canada at the 1938 and 1949 World Championships, winning gold in 1938.

The second incarnation of the Wolves was the 1962 entry into the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey Association. The Wolves won the McNamara Trophy as NOJHL Champions in 1969 and 1971.

The Ontario Hockey Association arrived in Sudbury in the fall of 1972 when the owners of the NOJHL's Sudbury Wolves bought the Niagara Falls Flyers franchise and merged the two teams.

Ken Burgess went out on a limb and purchased the hockey club and brought the team back to Sudbury. Ken Burgess was a visionary and he wanted to bring a championship to Sudbury. He died before his vision came true.

The Wolves frequently garner support from the hometown fans, and the team often ranks near the top of the OHL in attendance. Sam McMaster was named OHL Executive of the Year in 1989–90 as the general manager, helping his team have its first winning season in 10 years. Sudbury celebrated their 35th anniversary in 2006–07, also reaching the OHL championship series the same year.

In August 2012, the Wolves were sent to represent Canada at the 2012 Junior Club World Cup, an 10-team tournament that would feature some of the best junior clubs in the World. They opened up the tournament with a 9-1 win over Finnish Nuorten SM-liiga champion HIFK. The next day, the Wolves tied Latvian HK Rīga of the Minor Hockey League 1-1. Two days later, the Wolves clinched a semi-final berth with a 7-2 win over Denmark's National Junior Team. They then played the Swedish J20 SuperElit champion Linköpings HC and won the game 6-3. Finishing second in their pool, the Wolves drew the other pool's top seed Belorussian Dinamo-Shinnik of the Minor Hockey League. The Wolves would earn a trip to the finals with a 5-2 win. In the finals, the Wolves met the United States Hockey League's finalist Waterloo Black Hawks. The Black Hawks and Wolves were scoreless until almost halfway through the third, when the Wolves' Josh Leivo scored on a partial breakaway. Thirty-five seconds later Frank Corrado made it 2-0 on the powerplay. The Wolves would hold on to the 2-0 spread to win the Cup. Joel Vienneau picked up the win and the shutout for the Wolves, Michael Kantor was named top forward, and Leivo won the top scorer award.[2]

On July 31, 2016 the team issued a press release stating that the Burgess and Edwards families, who have owned the team for 30 years had reached an agreement with Sudbury businessman Dario Zulich on the sale of the clue. The transfer of ownership is on the agenda for the OHL's Board of Governors meeting for August 17 & 18, 2016.

ChampionshipsEdit

The current OHL Sudbury Wolves have never won the OHL championship, and have never participated in the Memorial Cup. Theirs is currently the third-longest championship drought in the Canadian Hockey League, and is now the longest in the OHL since the London Knights broke their 40-year drought in 2005.

In 1976, the Wolves finished first overall in the OHA with 102 points, winning the Hamilton Spectator Trophy, and the Leyden Trophy for the Leyden Division. That year Sudbury reached the OHA finals, losing to the eventual Memorial Cup champion Hamilton Fincups in 5 games. The Wolves returned to the OHL finals 31 seasons later in 2006–07, where they were they fell just short in 7 games by the Plymouth Whalers. The Wolves also won was the 2000–2001 Emms Trophy as the regular season Central Division champions.

J. Ross Robertson Cup

  • 1976 Lost to Hamilton Fincups
  • 2007 Lost to Plymouth Whalers

Bobby Orr Trophy

  • 2006–2007 Eastern Conference Champions

NOJHA McNamara Trophy

  • 1969 Defeated Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
  • 1971 Defeated Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

NOJHA Regular Season Champions

  • 1970–1971 80 pts.

Hamilton Spectator Trophy

  • 1975–1976 102 points

Leyden Trophy

  • 1975–1976 Leyden division

Emms Trophy

  • 2000–2001 Central division

Junior Club World Cup

CoachesEdit

Jerry Toppazzini was awarded the Matt Leyden Trophy as the OHA coach of the year in 1976, leading his team to a first-place finish in the regular season.

List of Sudbury Wolves coaches with multiple years in parentheses.

  • 1972–73 - B.MacKenzie, L.Rubic, T.Boyce
  • 1973–74 - Mac MacLean
  • 1974–75 - Stu Duncan
  • 1975–77 - Jerry Toppazzini (2)
  • 1977–78 - Marcel Clements, Andy Laing
  • 1978–81 - Andy Laing (4)
  • 1981–82 - Joe Drago
  • 1982–83 - Ken Gratton, M.Clements, B.Harris
  • 1983–84 - Billy Harris (2), Andy Spruce
  • 1984–85 - Andy Spruce (2)
  • 1985–86 - Bob Strumm, Wayne Maxner
  • 1986–87 - Guy Blanchard
  • 1987–88 - John Wallin, Ken MacKenzie
  • 1988–92 - Ken MacKenzie (5)
  • 1992–95 - Glenn Merkosky (4)
  • 1995–96 - Glenn Merkosky, Todd Lalonde
  • 1996–97 - Todd Lalonde (3)
  • 1997–98 - Todd Lalonde, Tom Watt
  • 1998–99 - Reg Higgs
  • 1999–03 - Bert Templeton (4)
  • 2003–09 - Mike Foligno (5)
  • 2009-10 - Bryan Verreault
  • 2009-10 - Mike Foligno
  • 2010–13 - Trent Cull
  • 2013–15 - Paul Fixter
  • 2015–present - David Matsos

PlayersEdit

The Sudbury Wolves have retired three players' numbers, and have sent 77 players onto the NHL.


Retired numbersEdit

# 6 Randy Carlyle, # 10 Ron Duguay, # 17 Mike Foligno

Award winnersEdit

NHL alumniEdit

Team recordsEdit

Team records for a single season
StatisticTotalSeason
Most points1021975–76
Most wins471975–76
Most goals for3971978–79
Least goals for1712001–02
Least goals against1852004–05
Most goals against4271983–84
Individual player records for a single season
StatisticPlayerTotalSeason
Most goalsRod Schutt721975–76
Most assistsRon Duguay921975–76
Most pointsMike Foligno1501978–79
Most points, rookiePat Verbeek881981–82
Most points, defencemanJamie Rivers1211993–94
Best GAA (goalie)Matt Mullin3.041994–95
Goalies = minimum 1500 minutes played

Yearly resultsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

  • 1962–1972 NOJHL
  • 1972–1974 OHA
  • 1974–1980 OMJHL
  • 1980–Present OHL

Legend: OTL = Overtime loss, SL = Shootout loss

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL SL Points Pct % Goals
For
Goals
Against
Standing
1962–63401129 0 -- 220.2751272225th NOJHL
1963–64392612 1 -- 530.6792131702nd NOJHL
1964–6540 733 0 -- 140.1751672755th NOJHL
1965–66402316 1 -- 470.5882672113rd NOJHL
1966–67402119 0 -- 420.5252131893rd NOJHL
1967–68401919 2 -- 400.5002111984th NOJHL
1968–69483115 2 -- 640.6672291602nd NOJHL
1969–70483311 4 -- 700.7293411922nd NOJHL
1970–714839 7 2 -- 800.8333531591st NOJHL
1971–72522323 6 -- 520.5002141942nd NOJHL
1972–7363213210 -- 520.4132893797th OHA
1973–7470312613 -- 750.5362982885th OHA
1974–7570312910 -- 720.5143242895th OHA
1975–76664711 8 --1020.7733842241st Leyden
1976–77663824 4 -- 800.6063852902nd Leyden
1977–7868164210 -- 420.3092553776th Leyden
1978–79684027 1 -- 810.5963973612nd Leyden
1979–80683333 2 -- 680.5002993095th Leyden
1980–81682045 3 -- 430.3162843806th Leyden
1981–82681948 1 -- 390.2872744017th Emms
1982–83701555 0 -- 300.2142694227th Emms
1983–84701950 1 -- 390.2792874278th Emms
1984–85661746 3 -- 370.2802243488th Emms
1985–86662933 4 -- 620.4702933305th Emms
1986–87662044 2 -- 420.3182853778th Emms
1987–88661748 1 -- 350.2652083398th Emms
1988–89662336 7 -- 530.4022623347th Emms
1989–90663623 7 -- 790.5982952673rd Emms
1990–91663328 5 -- 710.5382882656th Leyden
1991–92663327 6 -- 720.5453313204th Leyden
1992–93663130 5 -- 670.5082913004th Leyden
1993–94663426 6 -- 740.5612992753rd Leyden
1994–95664317 6 -- 920.6973142082nd Central
1995–96662736 3 -- 570.4322622886th Central
1996–97662137 8 -- 500.3792513026th Central
1997–98662534 7 -- 570.4322572685th Central
1998–99682535 8 -- 580.4262612882nd Central
1999–2000683923 5 1- 840.6102622212nd Central
2000–01683522 8 3- 810.5742371961st Central
2001–02682533 5 5- 600.4041712163rd Central
2002–03681646 4 2- 380.2651752735th Central
2003–04682532 6 5- 610.4121852205th Central
2004–05683223 6 7- 770.5152011854th Central
2005–06683428- 1 5 740.5442272223rd Central
2006–07682930- 3 6 670.4862252413rd Central
2007–08681746- 2 3 390.2871752925th Central
2008–09682635- 3 4 590.4342272825th Central
2009–10682635- 4 3 590.4341932675th Central
2010–11682935- 2 2 620.4562352764th Central
2011–12683626- 4 2 780.5742422404th Central
2012–13682927- 5 7 700.5152142343rd Central
2013–14683324- 3 8 770.5662192283rd Central
2014–15681254- 1 1 260.1911493235th Central
2015-16681646-51380.2791833285th Central

PlayoffsEdit

  • 1972–73 Lost to Ottawa 67's 8 points to 0 in first round.
  • 1973–74 Lost to Kitchener Rangers 8 points to 0 in first round.
  • 1974–75 Defeated Ottawa 67's 8 points to 6 in first round.
    Lost to Toronto Marlboros 9 points to 7 in second round.
  • 1975–76 Defeated S.S. Marie Greyhounds 9 points to 5 in quarter-finals.
    Defeated Ottawa 67's 8 points to 2 in semi-finals.
    Lost to Hamilton Fincups 8 points to 2 in finals.
  • 1976–77 Lost to Kingston Canadians 4 games to 1 with 1 tie in quarter-finals.
  • 1977–78 Out of playoffs.
  • 1978–79 Defeated Oshawa Generals 8 points to 2 in quarter-finals.
    Lost to Peterborough Petes 8 points to 2 in semi-finals.
  • 1979–80 Defeated Kingston Canadians 3 games to 0 in first round.
    Lost to Peterborough Petes 4 games to 3 in quarter-finals.
  • 1980–81 Out of playoffs.
  • 1981–82 Out of playoffs.
  • 1982–83 Out of playoffs.
  • 1983–84 Out of playoffs.
  • 1984–85 Out of playoffs.
  • 1985–86 Lost to Guelph Platers 8 points to 0 in first round.
  • 1986–87 Out of playoffs.
  • 1987–88 Out of playoffs.
  • 1988–89 Out of playoffs.
  • 1989–90 Lost to Owen Sound Platers 4 games to 3 in first round.
  • 1990–91 Lost to Oshawa Generals 4 games to 1 in first round.
  • 1991–92 Defeated Oshawa Generals 4 games to 3 in first round.
    Lost to North Bay Centennials 4 games to 0 in quarter-finals.
  • 1992–93 Defeated Newmarket Royals 4 games to 3 in first round.
    Lost to Peterborough Petes 4 games to 3 in quarter-finals.
  • 1993–94 Defeated Oshawa Generals 4 games to 1 in division quarter-finals.
    Lost to Ottawa 67's 4 games to 2 in division semi-finals.
  • 1994–95 Defeated Kitchener Rangers 4 games to 1 in division quarter-finals.
    Defeated Windsor Spitfires 4 games to 2 in quarter-finals.
    Lost to Detroit Jr. Red Wings 4 games to 3 in semi-finals.
  • 1995–96 Out of playoffs.
  • 1996–97 Out of playoffs.
  • 1997–98 Defeated Barrie Colts 4 games to 2 in division quarter-finals.
    Lost to Guelph Storm 4 games to 0 in quarter-finals.
  • 1998–99 Lost to Belleville Bulls 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 1999–2000 Defeated Kingston Frontenacs 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
    Lost to Barrie Colts 4 games to 3 in conference semi-finals.
  • 2000–01 Defeated Barrie Colts 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
    Lost to Toronto St. Michael's Majors 4 games to 3 in conference semi-finals.
  • 2001–02 Lost to Barrie Colts 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2002–03 Out of playoffs.
  • 2003–04 Lost to Toronto St. Michael's Majors 4 games to 3 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2004–05 Defeated Brampton Battalion 4 games to 2 in conference quarter-finals.
    Lost to Ottawa 67's 4 games to 2 in conference semi-finals.
  • 2005–06 Defeated Kingston Frontenacs 4 games to 2 in conference quarter-finals.
    Lost to Peterborough Petes 4 games to 0 in conference semi-finals.
  • 2006–07 Defeated Mississauga Ice Dogs 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
    Defeated Barrie Colts 4 games to 0 in conference semi-finals.
    Defeated Belleville Bulls 4 games to 2 in conference finals.
    Lost to Plymouth Whalers 4 games to 2 in finals.
  • 2007–08 Out of playoffs.
  • 2008–09 Lost to Belleville Bulls 4 games to 2 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2009–10 Lost to Barrie Colts 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2010–11 Defeated Ottawa 67's 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
    Lost to Mississauga St. Michael's Majors 4 games to 0 in conference semi-finals.
  • 2011–12 Lost to Brampton Battalion 4 games to 0 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2012–13 Defeated Brampton Battalion 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
    Lost to Belleville Bulls 4 games to 0 in conference semi-finals.
  • 2013–14 Lost to Barrie Colts 4 games to 1 in conference quarter-finals.
  • 2014-15 Out of playoffs.
  • 2015-16 Out of playoffs.

Uniforms and logosEdit

  • 2014–15 Out of playoffs.
Green wolves logo

From 1972 to 1988 the Sudbury Wolves' colours were green, white and gold, using the logo displayed on the right. The home jerseys featured white background with green and gold trim. The away jerseys had a green background with white and gold trim.

Since the 1988–89 season, the Sudbury Wolves' colours have been blue, white and silver, with the current logo at the top of the article. The home jerseys have a white background with blue and silver trim. The away jerseys have a blue background with white and silver trim.

The Sudbury Wolves have also had special logo designed and worn as patches on the jersey for their 25th and 30th anniversaries.

Jake Cardwell of Sudbury Wolves

Jake Cardwell of the Wolves wearing the 2009 version of the away jersey

Sudbury wore a black third jersey briefly in the 1995/96-1996/97 seasons. The next third jersey was first worn October 13, 2006. The jersey has a silver background, with blue and white trim, and the name "Sudbury" on the front diagonally from upper left to lower right and lasted the and lasted the 2006/07-2008/09 seasons. The current third jersey is black with a grey and white wolf's head, with white piping, and a wolf's paw as the shoulder patch and has been worn starting the 2010 season.

ArenaEdit

The Sudbury Wolves play their home games at the Sudbury Community Arena, which was constructed in 1951 and is located in the downtown core. The arena holds approx. 5,100 spectators - 4,600 seats and 500 standing room, and has an ice size of 200' x 85'. Every time the Wolves score a goal, a taxidermic wolf rolls out on a pulley system to howl at the opposing team's bench. The City of Greater Sudbury and the hockey club have recently upgraded the facility. The 1.5 million dollar expansion includes 12 new suites, 990 club seats, a new lounge as well as improved lounge and washroom facilities.

MediaEdit

In the 2009-10 hockey season, Wolves games will be broadcast on CJTK-FM in Sudbury.[3] On TV, games are broadcast on local programming in Sudbury.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Holland, Dave (2008). Canada on Ice; The World Hockey Championships, 1920–2008. Canada On Ice productions, 46–47, 56–57. ISBN 978-0-9808936-0-1. 
  2. http://www.ontariohockeyleague.com/article/wolves-win-2012-world-junior-club-cup
  3. "Wolves move away game broadcasts to FM dial", Northern Life, September 11, 2009.

External linksEdit

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