Ripley Wolves inducting five people onto its Wall of Fame

Posted: January 15, 2013 in News and notes

The Ripley Wolves are celebrating their 10th year since returning to WOAA Senior ‘A’ hockey by honouring five people who have been integral to a decade of team success.

The first inductees onto the Wolves Wall of Fame are Brent Armstrong, Bill Patterson, Rick Smith, Mark Stanley and Glen Wylds. A ceremony will be held and banner raised in their honour at the Wolves’ next and final home game of the regular season, on Fri., Jan. 25, at 8:30 p.m. The game, which is also Sponsor Appreciation Night, is against the Shelburne Muskies, who the Wolves are battling for second overall.

Kevin Taylor, President of the Wolves executive committee, said the individuals being inducted onto the Wall of Fame have been important members of the team from the 1980s through the late-90s, and since the Wolves’ revival in 2002.

“The people our executive chose to be the first recipients of this honour are a major reason why Ripley has an entertaining team to watch today,” Taylor said. “With it being the 10th anniversary since we returned to the league, we thought the timing was right to celebrate our past while looking towards more successful seasons in the future.”

Armstrong was one of the best players ever to play in the former Intermediate, Senior B and Senior A leagues. He is the Wolves’ all-time team leader in career goals (258), assists (306) and points (564) in 247 games. He also thrived in his 144 playoff games with 127 goals and 168 assists for a stunning 295 points. He has continued to commit himself to the team, currently serving as the head coach.

Patterson ranks seventh in Wolves’ all-time scoring with 87 goals, 162 assists for 249 points in just 185 games, while potting 19 goals and 43 assists for 62 points in 76 playoff matches. Later in his career, Patterson moved to Goderich and played for the Pirates, but gave up an opportunity to compete for a championship to return as captain of the fledgling Wolves when they returned to the league in 2002. His leadership and dedication set an example for his teammates and players that followed.

Stanley is the team’s leader in games played with 250, where he put up 89 goals and 137 assists for 226 points, with another 86 points (32, 54) in 144 playoff games. His commitment to senior hockey in Ripley has seen him end up behind the Wolves bench as an assistant coach.

Smith and Wylds were the driving forces behind returning the Wolves to the league and respectability. They volunteered countless hours organizing the team’s revival, recruiting players, building a strong executive committee and ensuring the team’s success for the next decade. Smith served as General Manager until the 2010 season, while Wylds spent years as team president, building a foundation for the executive committee that has ensured continued success after 10 years.

The Wolves invite the entire community to their home game on Jan. 25 to celebrate the Wall of Fame inductees, and stay to cheer the Wolves on as they fight for playoff positioning with their rivals from Shelburne.

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