The 2004-05 Sudbury Wolves placed fifth in the Eastern Conference. The Wolves took out the Brampton Battalion in the opening round before falling to the Ottawa 67’s in the Eastern Conference semi-finals. Both sets went six games. The only hardware for the Wolves went to Benoit Pouliot, earning the Emms Family Award as the Ontario Hockey League’s rookie of the year.
Of those on the Sudbury roster in 2004-05, ten are signed to play pro hockey in 2013-14 with two more to potentially be secured. Interestingly, five of the ten did not play with the Wolves in the season directly following being drafted. Eight of the ten went on to be drafted to the National Hockey League. Five have played in the NHL. In addition, two members of the coaching staff will be behind benches in the hockey world this upcoming season.
Pouliot played three years with Sudbury from 2003-04 to 2005-06. His first year consisted of just four games. Benoit was drafted by the Wolves in the eleventh round of the 2002 OHL Priority Selection, 207th overall. In his final year, Pouliot wore the ‘A’.
By 2005, Pouliot’s value had risen considerably. He was taken fourth overall at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota Wild. Ahead of him were Sidney Crosby, Bobby Ryan and Jack Johnson. Benoit has played nearly 300 regular season NHL games with the Wild, Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning. He played 2012-13 with the Lightning and will start 2013-14 with the New York Rangers.
Bobby played four years with the Wolves from 2001-02 to 2004-05. He was taken in the fifth round by Sudbury in 2000, 96th overall. Over his four years, Chaumont did not miss a regular season game. He wore the ‘A’ in his final year. Bobby split his 2012-13 season between the Braehead Clan and Fife Flyers in Great Britain’s EIHL. He is set to start 2012-13 with Fife.
Stortini played four years with the Wolves from 2001-02 to 2004-05, team captain of the club for the final three years. He was a second round pick by Sudbury in 2001, 37th overall. Zack then became a third round pick of the Edmonton Oilers in 2003 and went on to play 257 regular season NHL games to date with the Oilers and Nashville Predators. Stortini played 2012-13 in the American Hockey League with the Hamilton Bulldogs. He will start 2013-14 in the AHL with the Norfolk Admirals.
Foligno played three years with Sudbury from 2004-05 to 2006-07. He was a fifth round pick by the club in 2003. Three years later, in 2006, Nick was a first round pick of the Ottawa Senators, 28th overall. He needs just four games to surpass the 400 game plateau in the NHL. After starting his career in Ottawa, Foligno moved to the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2012-13 and will start the 2013-14 season with that club.
D’Aversa played four years with the Wolves from 2003-04 to 2006-07. He was a fourth round pick by the team in 2002. Jonathan played 2012-13 in Austria’s Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (EBEL) with Dornbirner EC. He remains with the club for 2013-14.
Staal played with Sudbury for four years from 2003-04 to 2006-07. He was the second overall pick by the Wolves at the 2003 OHL Priority Selection, behind just Patrick McNeill of the Saginaw Spirit. In his final two years with the Wolves, Marc was team captain.
Marc was the 12th overall pick at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, going to the New York Rangers. He remains with the Rangers through the start of the 2013-14 season. Staal starts the years 12 games shy of 400 in the National Hockey League.
McQuaid played the same four years in Sudbury as D’Aversa and Staal. He was a third round pick by the Wolves in 2003. Adam was then taken by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second round in 2005. He has appeared in 190 regular season NHL games to date, all with the Boston Bruins. McQuaid will start 2013-14 with Boston.
Didiomete played four years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2004-05 to 2007-08, mostly with Sudbury but he ended his career with the Sarnia Sting. Sudbury picked him in the third round, 45th overall in 2004. Two years later, he was a seventh round pick of the Calgary Flames. In 2012-13, Devin did a three way split between the Cardiff Devils in the EIHL, Colorado Eagles in the ECHL and Chicago Wolves in the AHL. He is currently on a tryout with Farjestad in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL).
Beech played between the pipes in the OHL for four years from 2003-04 to 2006-07, mostly with Sudbury but finishing off with the Erie Otters. Kevin was a deep 14th round pick of the Wolves in 2002, 267th overall. In 2005, the Tampa Bay Lightning took him in the sixth round, 165th overall. In 2013-14, Beech will enter his second year with Neuilly-Sur-Marne in France’s Tier 2 league.
Ehelechner was the number one goalie in Sudbury for two seasons, 2003-04 and 2004-05. Sudbury picked him sixth overall at the 2003 CHL Import Draft. That same year, Patrick was also drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the fifth round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He has played in Germany’s Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) since 2005-06 and enters his second year with Augsburger Panther in 2013-14.
Mike Foligno – Head Coach
Foligno played with the Wolves for four years from 1975-76 to 1978-79. He was the third overall pick by the Detroit Red Wings in 1979, behind just Rob Ramage and Perry Turnbull. Mike went on to play over 1,000 games in the NHL with the Red Wings, Buffalo Sabres, Toronto Maple Leafs and Florida Panthers.
Mike was head coach and general manager of the Wolves from 2003-04 to 2009-10. In 2012-13, Foligno was assistant coach with the Chicago Wolves in the AHL. He is set to be assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils for 2013-14.
Bob Jones – Assistant Coach
Jones played five years in the OHL from 1985-86 to 1989-90, all with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. He was a ninth round pick of the Detroit Red Wings in 1989 but played no NHL hockey. Bob has been an assistant coach in the OHL since 1995-96 and has stood behind benches with the Greyhounds, Brampton Battalion, Toronto Majors, the Wolves and Windsor Spitfires. He has been assistant coach with the Spitfires since 2007-08 and will be behind the bench when the 2013-14 season starts.
One player that most likely would have been playing pro hockey in 2013-14 is Stefan Blaho. Unfortunately, Blaho was killed in a car accident in Slovakia near the end of August, 2006. He played three years in the OHL from 2003-04 to 2005-06 with the Wolves and Sarnia Sting. Sudbury took him 44th overall at the 2003 CHL Import Draft and the New York Islanders took him the same year in the fourth round of the NHL Entry Draft. He was to play pro in the Slovak Extraliga in 2006-07.