Wolves’ forward MICHAEL SGARBOSSA accomplished what no Sudbury Wolves player has been able to do for the past 33 years. He has won the OHL SCORING TITLE.
The Campbellville, Ontario native collected four points with a hattrick and an assist and collected in leading the Wolves to a 5-1 victory in Kingston in the final regular season game. Four points was all that he needed to give him a two point buldge over defending OHL scoring ace TYLER TOFFOLI of the OTTAWA 67s.
SGARBOSSA credits his teammates for winning the scoring title but no one can deny the skill and precision shot that the skilled centreman possesses. When ANDREY KUCHIN went down with injury, there was concern that SGARBOSSA would not be able to sustain the offensive output that he was producing in harmony with KUCHIN, however, SGARBOSSA showed why he is also a candidate for league MVP honours as he continued his climb up the scoring race while playing with different wingers and eventually won the league scoring race.
“We are extremely proud of Michael and all that he has accomplished in less than two seasons with the Sudbury Wolves” notes Wolves’ President & GM Blaine Smith. “Winning the OHL scoring race is very difficult to do given all of the skilled players in the OHL, but, we all know that Michael is a special player and a special person and we have watched him do great things with the puck since his arrival here in Sudbury.”
SGARBOSSA finishes the 2011 – 2012 regular season with 47 goals and 55 assists for 102 points. He also led the OHL in power play goals with 18.
The last Wolves player to win the EDDIE POWERS MEMORIAL TROPHY, awarded annually to the OHL top scorer, was MIKE FOLIGNO back in 1978-79. Foligno edged-out second place TOM MCCARTHY of the OSHAWA GENERALS. The Wolves haven’t had a player finish in the top 10 in league scoring since DEREK MACKENZIE finished in 6th place back in 2000-01. MACKENZIE is now a regular with the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Wolves’ faithful are now hoping that MICHAEL SGARBOSSA can now do what nobody has done in the club’s 40 year history and that is to lead Sudbury to an OHL CHAMPIONSHIP. Considering what the 19 year old forward and his teammates have accomplished this year, with all of the injuries that the club has sustained, there will always be an air of ‘confidence’ that this year might finally be the year. The Sudbury Wolves open the playoffs on Friday night in Brampton.
CONGRATULATIONS MICHAEL SGARBOSSA from the SUDBURY WOLVES organization and Wolves’ fans everywhere!!!