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Another golden era for Soo fans — RUICCI COLUMN

Story by Peter Ruicci (Sault Star)  |  Photo by OHLImages

While they continue to build on a fantastic present-day streak, the Soo Greyhounds are also in the midst of the third golden era in franchise history.

Having gone 29 games (28-0-0-1) without losing in regulation, the Hounds are preparing to take a phenomenal 37-3-2-1 record into Sarnia on Friday.

At their current pace, these Greyhounds would break the OHL’s all-time record of 120 points in a season, set by the 2004-2005 London Knights.

Now, beginning with the 2013-2014 campaign, and carrying through to the present day, the Hounds are in the fifth year of an impressive run.

But the first memorable era of outstanding hockey in Hounds history began in 1980 with Sam McMaster as the general manager and Terry Crisp as head coach.

Over five seasons, the Soo finished with a combined record of 227-104-11 (wins, losses, ties).

So many stars passed through town during those days.

But, in part because of their longevity, among the most impactful over that stretch were Wayne Groulx, the franchise’s all-time points leader, star goalie John Vanbiesbrouck and high-scoring defenceman Chris Felix.

That era culminated with the 1984-85 OHL championship, and a regular season mark of 33-0-0 on home ice, an OHL record.

Beginning with the 1980-81 campaign, the Hounds went 47-19-2, 40-25-3, 48-21-1, 38-28-4 and, during their championship season, 54-11-1.

Their 109 points that year is second-most in franchise history.

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