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Wolves claim first Central Division title since 2001

 

The Sudbury Wolves are Central Division champions, claiming the Emms Trophy for the first time since 2001.

The Wolves ended the 2019-20 regular season on a high note, defeating the Kingston Frontenacs 8-0 on March 8th to wrap things up with a 34-27-1-1 record for 70 points over 63 games.

The Wolves managed to hold down the Central Division’s top spot for most of the 2019-20 regular season. This marks the second time Sudbury has captured the Emms Trophy after first doing so in 2000-01. The distinction is a nod to late goaltender and founder of the OHA’s Barrie Flyers, Hap Emms. The Wolves have won their division one other time in franchise history, earning the Leyden Trophy in 1975-76.

Sudbury boasts a top NHL Draft prospect in Quinton Byfield, who rounded out the season with a club-leading 82 points (32-50—82) over 45 games. Fifth-year winger and former first overall OHL Priority Selection choice David Levin had a steady performance with 76 points (27-46–73) in 57 appearances, followed by Carolina Hurricanes draftee Blake Murray’s club-leading 35 goals and 72 points (35-37–72) in 63 games. Mid-season addition Brad Chenier joined the Wolves from the North Bay Battalion and put up 24 points (8-16–24) over 22 games in a Sudbury uniform while Buffalo Sabres prospect Matej Pekar was another big January insert, recording 34 points (12-22–34) in 25 games. Overage captain Macauley Carson completed his OHL regular season career as Sudbury’s all-time franchise games played leader.

The Central Division title sees the Wolves wrap-up some unfinished business after losing out on the distinction in the final weeks of the 2018-19 regular season, coming four points shy of the Niagara IceDogs.

Sudbury returns to the postseason after being eliminated in the second round of last year’s playoffs by the eventual Eastern Conference champion Ottawa 67’s. The Wolves are in the hunt for their first-ever OHL Championship.

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