(Greater Sudbury, ON) The Sudbury Wolves spent the much of the past weekend enjoying time with their fans and taking part in some of the great winter activities Greater Sudbury has to offer, including some chilly pond hockey, a Meet the Wolves autograph session, a cooking demonstration and some practice time with a local minor hockey team.
After a Friday night game vs the visiting Erie Otters, the boys’ hectic weekend schedule continued early Saturday morning as the Wolves joined in the fun at the annual Pond Hockey Festival on the Rock hosted at the Northern Watersport Centre with benefits and proceeds going to Camp Quality and other local charities. Several of the Wolves players served as referees for the games, while others joined spectators to cheer on the teams and take advantage of the opportunity to hang out by the fire with fans and player participants a like.
On Saturday afternoon, the Wolves headed over to the New Sudbury Centre for the annual Meet the Wolves event at Centre Court, where hundreds of fans lined up to meet the players one-on-one, take photos and have the team autograph their free Wolves souvenir hockey cards and other memorabilia. “This relationship (between our hockey team and the New Sudbury Centre) is one of those long term special relationships that provide our fans with the up close and personal encounters with players in a warm and inviting atmosphere,” said Andrew Dale VP Marketing and Development with the Wolves. “The team at New Sudbury Centre are a wonderful group to work with and great community partner because we share common interests and values in fostering the imagination of our youth. Each season we look at various weekends to get the players out meeting fans and participating in local events.”
Immediately following the New Sudbury Centre event, several players – along with Howler – participated in the Meet and Eat cooking demonstration hosted by the Real Canadian Superstore’s cooking school, where shoppers and fans had the opportunity to see the players demonstrate some of their off-ice skills.
On Sunday, the Veteran members of the team, including Drake and Darian Pilon, as well as Kyle Rhodes and Cole Candella, joined a practice in Walden with the Nortrax minor hockey team at the Tom Davies Arena. Sharing their time and experience as well as having some fun with the young players in a practice ending scrimmage is something the Wolves look forward to whenever their schedule allows.
On Wednesday players will be visiting off visiting local schools as part of the PAWES Program that connects players with Mentor Police Officers as they deliver valuable messaging to children in the comfort of the classroom setting.