The Sudbury Wolves celebrated their 40th season in the Ontario Hockey League during the 2011-12 season. The team began play in 1972-73 and has produced some great hockey players over the past four decades.
Test and expand your knowledge of the Sudbury Wolves with the following four hockey trivia questions.
Q. What Ontario Hockey Association team was moved north to Sudbury to become the Wolves for the 1972-73 season?
A. The Niagara Falls Flyers existed from 1960-61 until 1971-72 before moving north to Sudbury. Previous to 1960-61, the franchise was located in Barrie, Ontario and known as the Barrie Flyers. Barrie entered the league for the 1945-46 season. In 1976-77, the St. Catherines Black Hawks move to Niagara Falls and once again there was a team named the Niagara Falls Flyers. That incarnation of the Flyers became the North Bay Centennials and eventually became the present day Saginaw Spirit of the OHL.
Q. What player holds the Sudbury Wolves record for most points in a single season?
A. Mike Foligno totalled 150 points in 1978-79 for the Wolves. The total was good enough to lead the league and earn Foligno the Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy. Mike went on to play over 1000 games in the National Hockey League with Detroit, Buffalo, Toronto and Florida.
Foligno returned to Sudbury in the capacity of General Manager and Head Coach from 2003-04 to 2009-10. For 2013-14, Mike has joined the New Jersey Devils in the NHL as Assistant Coach to Peter DeBoer.
Q. In what year did the Sudbury Wolves win their first and only Hamilton Spectator Trophy to date as the OHL’s first overall team during the regular season?
A. In only their fourth season since moving from Niagara Falls, the Sudbury Wolves led the league in 1975-76 with 102 points. The 102 points also stands as a team record. The Wolves marched through the playoffs that season but fell short in the Robertson Cup finals to the Hamilton Fincups.
The Wolves would reach the Robertson Cup finals again in 2006-07. It was just their second time in team history to reach to finals but, that year, they were nowhere near winning the Hamilton Spectator. Sudbury was the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference with just 67 points over 68 regular season games. The Wolves fell to the Plymouth Whalers in six games.
Q. Who is the only Sudbury Wolves player to be named the CHL Rookie of the Year?
A. In 2004-05, Benoit Pouliot not only won the Emms Family Award as the OHL’s rookie of the year but was also named the top first year player in the entire Canadian Hockey League. Benoit scored 29 goals and assisted on 36 for 65 point over 67 regular season games. He added another 14 points in 12 playoff games. After that season, Pouliot was selected fourth overall by the Minnesota Wild in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He is currently a member of the New York Rangers.