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Ripley Wolves inductees to Wall of Fame

January 15, 2017
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(L-R) Kevin Taylor, Wolves President, Mike Smith, inductee, Dave Quinn, inductee, Jeremy McQuillin, inductee, and Mark Smith, Wolves General Manager

The Ripley Wolves had a big weekend when they won both of their games defeating Elora 8-5 on Saturday and then the Mapleton Mintos 4-2 on Sunday afternoon.

They also honoured three of their own when they inducted them in to the Ripley Wolves Wall of Fame.

Wall of Fame Inductees

Jeremy McQuillin’s name and number has appeared on a game sheet more than anyone in Ripley Wolves history. He is fifth in regular season games played with 236, fifth in goals with 125, fourth in assists with 216 and fifth in points with 341. In the playoffs, he’s seventh in goals with 47, third is assists with 93 and fifth in points with 140, while not even cracking the top five in playoff games played. He’s also third in both regular season and playoff penalty minutes with 511 and 206 respectively. Aside from his on-ice accomplishments, Jeremy is perhaps the most dedicated Wolf of his era – a player who truly loved his teammates and the organization. Now in his first year of retirement, he has taken a role with the Wolves executive.

Dave Quinn was one of the first coaches to stand behind the bench upon the Wolves’ return to the WOAA Senior A league over 10 years ago. Though a young team in relation to their opponents, he led them to respectability throughout the league and some good playoff runs. After leaving the bench, he joined the team’s executive and served as Secretary for years, among other duties. He has also rarely missed a game in the score clock keeping track of goals, assists and penalties on the gamesheet, a time-consuming volunteer position that is of utmost importance.

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Mike Smith was the original goalie for the Wolves when they returned to the WOAA in 2003, guarding the pipes for four years. He was also instrumental in recruiting players and bringing legitimacy to those early teams, which may have struggled on the ice but were always entertaining to watch. For 14 years, he has been a member of the Wolves Executive, first as a player rep and today as a volunteer. His tireless dedication to the Wolves and his knowledge of hockey, ability to recognize a player’s strengths and weaknesses and understanding of how the league operates makes Mike’s a key voice to the Executive.  

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