OWNERSHIP like no other.....
The Sudbury Wolves have existed since 1962 in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League, and 1972 in the OHL. This year marks the Burgess family’s 25th season owning and operating the Sudbury Wolves, which makes them the longest serving owners in the Ontario Hockey League.
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN....
Our family has a rich hockey heritage in this community. My father Ken (deceased 1998) was active in minor hockey in the late 70’s and 80’s. His midget team won the OHF championship and participated in two national midget championships. His Junior Tier II team was the first Northern Ontario team to win the Ontario Junior Championship and participate at the national level. In 1986 my father, with the support of my mother Joan, purchased the Wolves and have now owned the team for 25 of the team’s 40 year history in the OHL.
Today, the team is owned by the Burgess and Edwards’ families, which include my brother Miles and his wife Viviane, my sister Roxann and her husband Tim, my mother Joan, myself and my wife Karen. I can honestly say that I am proud that this is a family operated team and one of the very few in the league. We all have families and know first-hand the pleasure, fun and sometimes heartache of being the parents of hockey players.
Therefore, it is important to us that your boys are treated with respect and fairness and are given first-class care and development while in Sudbury. We are proud to be Wolves, our players are proud to be Wolves and the members of this community are proud to be Wolves’ fans. Our entire organization is determined to bring a championship to Sudbury, but we are also determined to help build fine young men and make them better players and to aid in their development of being leaders within hockey and their communities. I have built a staff of dedicated people such as Blaine Smith, that were born and raised in this community and are also leaders in it. I can’t think of any better people than our team of coaches, trainers, scouts and staff to have in charge of our organization and to lead by example. And I cannot say enough about Trent and Jeff’s coaching and leadership either. Great men, great visions, great team!!
You can rest assured that our ultimate goal remains the same — we want another Memorial Cup. It is undeniable what the past season has demonstrated — this team is built to win championships. When we stumbled along the way, you helped pick us up and have been behind us 100 percent. You cheered us on in the stands, at home, on Twitter, through Facebook — proudly wearing your blue, white or black.
We are all passionate about hockey, community and about life. I thank you and your family for being a part of our “Wolves family” and for the faith that you have shown and will continue to show in my family and our staff in supporting our SUDBURY WOLVES.
Here at the Sudbury Wolves, we remain committed to an open, fun and innovative culture, engaging and inviting our fans along for the ride. You are an important part of this team and we appreciate your loyalty and dedication. Trust us — our will to win will be that much stronger in 2011/12. The best of the Wolves is yet to come.
Mark W. Burgess
Chairman and C.E.O., Sudbury Wolves