The Sports and Entertainment organization that encompasses the Sudbury Wolves Hockey Club is pleased to announce that the Sudbury Spartans Football Club are joining the organization. Dario Zulich, owner of the Wolves entered into a purchase sale agreement with the owners of the Spartans, Gord Goddard and Bill Costello, which was executed at the end of April. The Wolves recently completed their 45th season with a successful campaign and first play-off berth in 3 years. The Hockey club was purchased in late August, 2016 by Zulich, a local entrepreneur and business leader in Greater Sudbury.
The Sudbury Spartans Football club is celebrating its 65 year history in 2017. With training camp underway, the change in ownership signals the organizations attempt to return to glory for the local football tradition. The previous co-owners Costello and Goddard, who owned and ran the franchise since 2014, entered into and closed on the sale of the franchise to Wolves Sports and Entertainment Group led by Zulich. Passionate loyal and dedicated football enthusiasts, Costello and Goddard are happy to play a big part in the exchange as well as a continued commitment to the football community.
“I grew up with the Spartans and have enjoyed so many great memories with the team,” said Costello, former co-owner of the club. “This opportunity allows all of us who love the game to get the support we need away from the field so that we can focus on players, practice and playing. Football has been a big part of my life, Coach Forster had such an influence on the football community. We believe the common resources that the Wolves’ staff offer in terms of knowledge and networks will help us grow the game.”
“The Spartan Franchise has deep football roots in this community,” said Zulich, owner of the Wolves, TESC Contracting and now Sudbury Spartans and graduate of St. Charles College. “From the high school coaches and volunteers to the Joe MacDonald youth league and Gladiators development program, there is a strong core of alumni and football passion in Greater Sudbury. Our position in the Sudbury Sports and Entertainment scene offers great support and complementary skills to extend to Football. A big plus is the complementary seasons for our people to promote and deliver fun filled family entertainment.”
“The game has changed to the degree that coaches are teaching how to hit and tackle safely, injuries are way down and the sport offers a position for everyone. If you are a big guy, you can play. If you are small and quick, you can play. Football is a universal game that is action packed, lots of fun and develops character,” said Goddard, former co-owner. “We value character, integrity and discipline, 3 values that align closely with the vision that Dario shared with us about his Wolves organization.”
The Spartans will continue to operate and be run by Costello and Goddard, a team of volunteers and a an enthusiastic group of players young and experienced.
The season opens up on Saturday May 27th when the Spartans play in Oakville in a traditional rivalry starting at 6pm. The first home game of the season is set for June 3rd at James Jerome field near Science North and HSN. Three football games will be on tap that day beginning with the Junior Gladiators. The Varsity Glads will follow and the Spartan will cap it off Saturday evening. For more information, season tickets, sponsorship inquiries or to volunteer, please contact the Sudbury Wolves office at email@example.com or call 705-675-3941.
About the Sudbury Spartans
In 1952 a local senior football team was born in the form of the Sudbury Hardrocks. Throughout the late 1950’s and the 1960’s, amateur senior football thrived in the North. A significant change took place in Sudbury in 1967 when Head Coach Sid Forster renamed the team “Spartans.” League expansion into southern Ontario stirred much excitement and some trepidation among local gridiron fans. Through it all, the Spartans set new standards in football excellence and achievement in the area. The team won 18 league championships, a mark unrivalled by any other NFC team. Many of its players are members of the NFC Hall of Fame. The team operated in the NFC through 2006 – Sudbury was the common thread stretching back to the league’s inaugural days. In 2007 the Spartans suspended operations due to a lack of players. But football’s roots are deep in Greater Sudbury thanks in large measure to former Spartans players and coaches actively developing and promoting the sport at the minor, junior and high school levels. The team rejoined the NFC in 2011 and in 2014 team ownership changed to two dedicated volunteers, Bill Costello and Gord Goddard. With the support of a thriving football scene, the recently expanded Gladiators organization and successful Joe MacDonald Development league, the club has been operating in the NFC with a renewed sense of enthusiasm and determination to return to glory.
About the Sudbury Wolves
The Sudbury Wolves are a Jr. Hockey team that plays in the Ontario Hockey League, a member of the Canadian Hockey league. Each season, teams compete in a 68 game regular season schedule with 4 rounds of play-offs that consist of 7 game series within the league before competing in a year ending tournament called the Memorial Cup. The Sudbury Wolves have played their entire 45 season membership in the OHL in the Sudbury Community Arena, but the Wolves have been leading the hockey scene in the Sudbury region since the early 20th century. The Wolves play in the Central Division in the Eastern conference of the OHL. The team has reached the OHL final play-off series twice, in 1976 and in 2007. The team boasts one of the most productive teams in terms of producing NHL players, captains and leaders at professional levels of hockey.