Wolves ready for exciting 2017-18 season on ice, in community

Posted: September 27, 2017 in News and notes

The Ripley Wolves are ready for another season of excitement on the ice and in the community.

The Wolves kick off their season against the Saugeen Shores Winterhawks with a special game in Kincardine on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 5:15 p.m., as part of Kincardine’s Hockey Day celebrations.

The Wolves first home game – almost all of which have moved to Saturday night at 7 p.m. this season to better suit our fans with young children – will be on Oct. 21 versus Huron East. See the full schedule.

Other highlights include the Justin Hammond Memorial Game vs Shallow Lake, on Friday, Nov. 3, at 8:30 p.m. in Chesley; a rematch from last year’s entertaining first round against Petrolia on Saturday, Nov. 25, at home at 7 p.m.; trips to Lucknow on Dec. 9 and 23 at 7 and 7:30 p.m. respectively; and our holiday game vs Saugeen Shores on Friday, Dec. 29, at 8:30 p.m. The regular season wraps up with a home game against our cross-township rivals on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m.

The Wolves finished sixth overall last year and gave third-place Petrolia a hard-fought series in the first round. The Wolves – one of the youngest teams in the league – are welcoming back many of their exciting players, and have signed a few new skaters, which should make for another action-packed season.

The team is also getting more involved in the community this year, holding numerous fundraisers throughout the season. The second Friday of every month, starting Oct. 13, will be Quiz Night at the Ripley Curling Club. For $20 per person, community members of all ages are invited to join their friends for a night of team trivia and fun. Teams can have up to eight players and the winners split the entry fees with the Wolves.

Quiz nights are age of majority, and bring your own refreshments. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the trivia begins at 8.

The Wolves are also making it easy for local businesses, families and groups of friends to have their holiday parties this year. The Wolves are holding a Christmas dinner and Yuk Yuks night on Friday, Nov. 24, upstairs at the Ripley Arena. The dinner, catered by Burke’s, will feature a full Christmas dinner, while three Yuk Yuks comedians will have the crowd in stitches during the 90-minute show. Doors open at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7. Age of majority only.

Tickets are $75/each if you buy the full table of eight or $85/each if you buy tickets individually. Call or text Dwight Irwin at 519-525-7106 to reserve your spot. Only 150 tickets will be sold, so don’t miss out on this great event!

The Wolves’ players will also be going door-to-door for the local food bank during the holiday season, so watch www.ripleywolves.com and our Facebook and Twitter feeds for more information on that fundraiser and for frequent updates about the 2017-18 season.

The Wolves executive committee is also looking for new members, so any man or woman who enjoys exciting hockey and a fun volunteer opportunity are invited to apply by contacting President Kevin Taylor at ktaylor@hurontel.on.ca or Vice President Dwight Irwin at dwightirwin16@hotmail.com.

Follow the Wolves online at www.ripleywolves.com, on Facebook and on Twitter @RipleyWolves. We look forward to seeing you at the rink this season!

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