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Past articles by Jeff:

Wolf Tracks: Goodbye, maybe

If this is goodbye, his visit to Sudbury was way too short.But when Quinton Byfield eventually puts on the ball cap of the NHL team that drafts him — whether that’s virtually or physica… → Read More

Wolf Tracks: Excitement for the short and long term

In the midst of a global pandemic, any tidbit of good news is welcomed. We need it to keep our resolve.But good hockey news — well, that brings hope to the die-hards and at least temporarily … → Read More

Wolf Tracks: Byfield snubbed in OHL Coaches Poll

There is at least one player who has an even better case than Quinton Byfield to be perturbed by the annual OHL Coaches Poll.You may not have heard of Francesco Arcuri, but the 16-year-old rookie l… → Read More

Wolf Tracks: Thank goodness for trades not made

In retrospect, a relatively quiet trade deadline in the Ontario Hockey League back in January was somewhat of a blessing in disguise. Based on the timing of the outbreak in Wuhan, China, it would have been next to impossible for any of the OHL’s general managers to envision that COVID-19 would eventually stop their season […] → Read More

Wolf Tracks: Dreaming of playoffs

If you’re a Sudbury Wolves fan and need motivation to avoid large groups, practise social distancing or good hand-washing habits, think about a first round playoff matchup with the Hamilton Bulldogs. That’s what awaits if the playoffs ever happen. There’s obviously no guarantee we’ll get there, but every time we take the precautions our civic, […] → Read More

Toppers midgets make thrilling run to NEHL title

Talk about pulling a rabbit out of your helmet. To the surprise of many, the Valley East Toppers Pizza Major Midgets were recently crowned A Division champions in the Northeast House League. Defenceman Adam Labrie ripped a shot off the post and in, 1:05 into overtime in the championship game on March 10 to give […] → Read More

Wolf Tracks: Chenier wearing hometown jersey well

If you’re only looking at the stats page, you’re not getting the full picture. That’s not to say the numbers look bad for Hanmer native Brad Chenier — they don’t. It’s just that the eye test is more flattering and his impact tends to be felt all over the ice, not just in the offensive […] → Read More

Wolf Tracks: Carson ready to become franchise games leader on Thursday

Jamie Matthews was a rookie in what was indisputably one of the most memorable seasons in Sudbury Wolves history. The first of Matthews’ 301 games played in the Ontario Hockey League — the franchise record that current captain Macauley Carson is about to break — was in the fall of 1989. A few months earlier, […] → Read More

Wolves pick up point, but fall in shootout after hard-fought affair

There won’t be shootouts come playoff time, but other than the breakaway competition that gave the Mississauga Steelheads a 4-3 victory at the Sudbury Community Arena, Sunday’s game definitely had a playoff feel about it. The Wolves spotted the Steelheads a 2-0 lead, but fought back to earn an important point in a well-played and […] → Read More

Wolf Tracks: Bowen's magnificent Sunday

Exactly what the goaltending situation looks like the rest of the season for the Sudbury Wolves is anyone’s guess. But for at least one day, David Bowen was the king of the castle. His 26-save shutout against the top-ranked Ottawa 67’s on Sunday is possibly the most shockingly impressive performance we’ve ever seen in the […] → Read More

Bowen gets shutout as Wolves win big one over Ottawa

A gutsy decision paid huge dividends for the Sudbury Wolves as affiliate goaltender David Bowen got called up to play against the No. 1 junior hockey team in the country, and made 26 saves to shut out the Ottawa 67’s 2-0 on Sunday afternoon. The win, coupled with Barrie’s 8-1 loss at Mississauga, helped the […] → Read More

Wolf Tracks: Manikis making strides with Wolves

It’s a bit cliche, but when one player goes down to injury, coaches will usually signal that it’s an opportunity for someone else to step up. While Blake Murray has definitely filled the void left by the injured Quinton Byfield, scoring seven goals in his last five games, it’s fair to say fans have come […] → Read More

Wolf Tracks: Win over Colts could prove a key rallying point

Circle Feb. 8 on your calendar. I know the date has already passed, but it might just be a significant one. If the Wolves are able to fend off the Mississauga Steelheads and Barrie Colts to win the OHL’s Central Division, a come-from-behind 6-4 win in Barrie last Saturday might have been this season’s TSN […] → Read More

Wolf Tracks: Division titles hard to come by

It was February 2001, and the Sudbury Wolves were supposed to be a serious contender in the Eastern Conference. But they were in a bit of a funk. It wasn’t situation critical, it’s just that everyone knew they could and should be better. For whatever reason, they just weren’t. After loading up at the trade […] → Read More

Wolf Tracks: No dog days here

If this was America’s pastime, these would be the dog days of summer. In Major League Baseball, dog days speaks to July and the early part of August, when temperatures are the hottest, and quite frankly for a lot of teams and their fan bases, there’s less and less to play for as they sink […] → Read More

Wolf Tracks: Not sure what, but Northern rivalry means something

It has been a while since the Sudbury Wolves were kings of the North. Not even once, in the six seasons since North Bay got its franchise back, have the local juniors been better than both the Battalion and Soo Greyhounds. In five of those six years, the Greyhounds were best among the Northern rivals, […] → Read More

Wolf Tracks: Better Today, Not So Bad Tomorrow

If you’ve ever been a hockey parent, or coached Canada’s Game, you probably know all about the 48-hour rule. The concept is pretty simple — if a parent is angry with a coach for something that happens during a game, resist the temptation of screaming at them in the lobby 15 minutes after the final […] → Read More

Wolf Tracks: One deal down as the clock ticks on OHL trade deadline

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Rob Papineau, it’s that he’s not afraid to walk a tightrope. For the third straight season at the helm, the Sudbury Wolves’ general manager is demonstrating a willingness and ability to swing deals in the hours and days leading up to the OHL trade deadline on Jan. 10. […] → Read More

Wolf Tracks: Which way to go?

Will the buyers and sellers in the Ontario Hockey League please stand up? With the league’s trade deadline a little more than a week away, the only certainty at this point seems to be uncertainty. There have been tweaks and waiver acquisitions in recent weeks, but few trades that you’d consider blockbusters dating back to […] → Read More

Wolf Tracks: Byfield's absence an opportunity for McCallum

In a game that ended 1-0, you knew the goaltenders would take first- and second-star honours. Christian Purboo was solid for the Sudbury Wolves in a losing cause last Friday, making 24 saves, while 17-year-old rookie Brett Brochu had a dominant 29-save shutout for London. The easy choice for third star would have been the […] → Read More