The Sudbury Wolves have been in the Ontario Hockey League since the 1972-73 season. The most successful season in franchise history came in just their fourth year. The team finished first overall in 1975-76, earning the Hamilton Spectator Trophy, and made it to the Robertson Cup final series before being bounced by the Hamilton Fincups.
On that highly explosive offense that led the league in goals scored, there were three players that surpassed the 100 point plateau. Rod Schutt totalled 135 and finished sixth in the league. Ron Duguay had one less point and finished a position behind Schutt. Alex McKendry had 102 points and finished out of the top ten.
Rod Schutt was in his third of three seasons with the club. In 199 games over the three seasons, he contributed 295 points. Schutt’s 135 points were made up of 72 goals and 63 assists. The 72 goals still stand today as a Sudbury Wolves record for most goals in a season.
Rod was taken by the Montreal Canadiens thirteenth overall at the 1976 NHL Amateur Draft. Schutt played just two games with the Habs but appeared in 284 more games with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs.
His first year of pro hockey, 1976-77, was spent mostly with the Nova Scotia Voyageurs of the American Hockey League, Montreal’s farm team. The Voyageurs won the Calder Cup with a 4-2 win over the Rochester Americans in the finals. Schutt finished eighth in the AHL with 84 points and earned the Dudley ‘Red’ Garrett Award as the league’s top rookie.
Ron Duguay built his 134 point season on 42 goals and 92 assists over 61 games. The 92 assists is the team’s current record for most in a single season. Ron was in his third of four seasons with the Sudbury Wolves in 1975-76. Over his four years, he totalled an impressive 361 points in 245 games.
In 1977, the New York Rangers drafted Duguay thirteenth overall. He played 860 NHL regular season games with the Rangers, Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins and Los Angeles Kings. Over his career, he contributed 620 points.
Alex McKendry finished the 1975-76 season with 102 points on 43 goals and 59 assists. It was Alex’s third and last year with the Wolves and his 102 points accounted for 61% of his career output. The darker side of Alex McKendry was his 475 career penalty minutes in the league. In 1974-75, he finished seventh with 181.
Alex was the fourteenth overall pick at the 1976 NHL Amateur Draft, going to the New York Islanders. He played just 46 games in the NHL with the Islanders and Calgary Flames. It was his toughness that shone through in his professional career. With the Fort Worth Texans of the CHL, he finished eighth in the league in 1977-78 with 149 PIM. The following season, he moved up to second spot with 202 minutes.