BY SCOTT HADDOW
The Sudbury Junior Wolves paid tribute to their all-time leading scorer, and arguably the best player in franchise history, captain Brian McGarry on Wednesday night.
The celebration took place before the Junior Wolves dumped the Northern Michigan Black Bears 4-2.
McGarry scored one goal and two points in the win.
McGarry was presented with his game-worn jersey from last season (his old number 9, he wears number 10 now) to commemorate his achievements with the club.
Since joining the franchise back in 2001, the 20-year-old has ripped up the franchise records, becoming the all-time leader in goals, assists, points and games played. He has led the team in scoring three times during his career. He's on pace to lead the squad for a fourth time this season.
He also recently set a new mark for most points scored in a single season, eclipsing the old mark of 105.
Earlier this season, McGarry became the first player in team history to pass the 200 games played mark.
In 211 career games, as of Friday, March 3, McGarry had recorded 161 goals, 222 assists for 382 points.
McGarry hasn't just impressed his own club, but has also impressed the entire league. The Junior Wolves captain was recently named the NOJHL league MVP for the 2005-06 season. He was also named to the First All-Star team.
The Junior Wolves actually ate up a lot of the First All-Star selections.
Joining McGarry were goalie Paul Pidutti, defenceman Rob Bonhomme, forwards Nick Heins and Brenden Biedermann, head coach Darryl Moxam and manager Barry McCrory.
North Bay defenceman Quinn Waller and Abitibi trainer Bruce Renwick rounded out the other First All-Star picks.
Other local award winners were Mike Rowlandson as Executive of the Year and McGarry was nominated as the Molson CJAHL Nominee for Player of the Year.