I realize this is a bit of a cheap one, but hey not every week can be super exciting! So yes, I have been to many Wolves games BUT this counts as a new thing because I haven’t been to a playoff game. Spoiler alert: they lost 😦 So I guess that was another new thing…witnessing a team’s last game of the season and seeing players’ and fans’ hopes and dreams get crushed.
For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of attending a Wolves game, there are a few things you should know:
- Be prepared to hear everyone shout “Shoot the puuuck!”. Does it matter if the player is only at center? No. Shoot the puck at any time from anywhere = recipe for success.
- There is a taxidermied wolf that makes an appearance whenever the Wolves score. It chugs along on a pulley system over the ice and this never gets old. It’s the best part.
- Get your 50/50 ticket from 50/50 Gail.
And for those of you who are familiar with the Wolves, I tried to dig up a few fun tidbits of info for you:
- The Wolves had cool Batman jerseys for this year’s charity game to benefit NEO Kids.
- They’ve never won an OHL championship or Memorial Cup under their current name. Before moving to Sudbury, the Wolves were called the Barrie then Niagara Falls Flyers – the Flyers most recently won the Memorial Cup in 1968. That’s Leafs-level drought.
- A change in ownership this past season ended the Burgess and Edwards families’ 30-year ownership run, making them the longest-serving owners in the OHL. The Wolves were established in Sudbury in 1976 then purchased by Ken Burgess in 1986. The team is now owned by Dario Zulich.
The game was a pretty good one. There was mass confusion/hysteria at one point because of a strange play. Oshawa had scored, but the puck somehow managed to go through the net (don’t they check these kinds of things?) so play (kind of) continued….and the Wolves scored immediately after. The crowd goes wild and is up in arms when, after review, the goal goes to Oshawa. Nobody knew what was going on, and it didn’t help that there was no explanation or replay. I tried to explain my theory (i.e. that the puck went through the net) to the guy beside me but he wasn’t accepting it. Nope. Couldn’t happen, didn’t happen, gonna ignore the score.
When all was said and done, Sudbury lost 3-1 and was ousted from the playoffs. Oh well, there’s always next year…my mom has instilled this mantra into me from a very young age (for context: she’s a Leafs fan).
Happy Easter and enjoy playoff season 🙂