Headed by three veteran forwards with a multitude of experience, the Central Division champion Sudbury Wolves were bound for a successful season.
Following the conclusion of their overage years, they Wolves will be without the talent and leadership of captain Macauley Carson, veteran centreman Brad Chenier and long-time winger David Levin moving forward.
Macauley Carson (2015-20)
Macauley Carson skates away from a full five-year career in Sudbury having left his mark on Wolves history. Early March saw the OHL vet set a new franchise record for games played when he suited up for his 302nd contest in a Wolves sweater. He’d round out his career with a total 304 games in the bag over which he amassed 182 points (85-97—182), matching a career high 50 points (22-28—50) in his overage year. Carson’s hard work and leadership earned him captaincy honours ahead of the season; a recognition he shared with fellow overager Shane Bulitka until he was traded to North Bay in January. Carson was a second round draft of the Wolves at the 2015 OHL Priority Selection and is currently a free agent with some experience at last summer’s NHL Prospect Tournament with the New York Rangers.
Brad Chenier (North Bay, Sudbury – 2016-20)
Brad Chenier was also proven captain material, having donned the C in North Bay before finishing out his final term in his hometown Sudbury Wolves. Over 263 games split between the Troops and the Wolves, the 21-year-old forward put forth a total of 177 points (81-96—177) and matched his career best 65 points over the course of his overage season, good for fourth in Sudbury scoring. His more than three-year stint with the Battalion led him to the postseason on three separate occasions. Chenier, a native of Hanmer, Ont., was North Bay’s fourth round pick in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection and is committed to the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees men’s hockey program for the 2020-2021 season.
David Levin (Sudbury – 2015-20)
Fifth year OHL vet David Levin saw the best season of his extraordinary hockey journey so far, notching 73 points (27-46—73) in his 57-game overage stint to finish second atop the Sudbury scoring race. He may have been plagued by injury through much of his career, but the 20-year-old native of Tel Aviv remained a reliable point producer worthy of consistent praise for his hockey sense and elite skill. Levin was selected first overall by the Wolves in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection and finishes out his full-length OHL career as a free agent, with a bout of NHL experience at the Arizona Coyotes’ rookie camp this past summer.
The Wolves also currently house seven 2000-born players that include Buffalo Sabres prospect Matej Pekar, Owen Robinson, Nolan Hutcheson, Owen Gilhula, Adam Samuelsson, Emmett Serensits and netminder Christian Purboo.
The 2019-20 OHL season came to a sudden end on Thursday, March 12th, with play suspended and the remainder of the playing season cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Sadly, many of the League’s overage and graduating players never had the chance to enjoy a proper send-off from their home fans. The 2020 Graduating Class series takes a look at the OHL tenure of each team’s overage players while also recognizing other potential graduates.