Moving into a new arena is an exciting time for the Soo Greyhounds and the City of Sault Ste. Marie.
At the same time it's an expensive venture.
It's with that financial burden in mind that the Hounds organization has reached into it's past by asking alumni (players and staff) to assist them in this cause.
In a letter submitted to alumni Team President Dr. Lou Lukenda hoped that each member could recall their time and experiences as a Greyhounds in Sault Ste. Marie fondly.
His hope is that they could help provide future Greyhound players, through donations, with a facility that will allow them the opportunity to become better players and well-rounded individuals.
Any donation the team has already received, or receives in the future, will be used for the sole benefit of the players.
The plans for the new facility include a state-of-the-art dressing room, fitness and weight training area, medical and physiotherapy room, equipment room and laundry facilities, computer and video training area, and coaching rooms.
It is the Hounds goal to equip these area's with all the best equipment and training devices so that all Greyhound players have the opportunity to enhance their development as hockey players, and their educational requirements as students.
All alumni who make donations will have have their names honoured on a plaque that will be placed on the dressing room wall and also on a second plaque that will be located in a prominent area of the new facility.
Thus far some members have still shown their pride in the 'Red and White' by assisting in this cause.
The Soo Greyhounds organization would like to take this opportunity to thank the following individuals for their support. Their help is greatly appreciated.
– John Tavella
– Graeme Bonar
– Lou Nanne
– Dave Mancuso
– Collin Miller
– Jeff Toms
– James Colizza
– Mert Wright
– Doug Shedden
– Jack Valiquette
– Perry Pappas
– Denny Lambert
– Craig Hartsburg
– Dave Torrie
– Vaclav Zavoral
In addition we would like to pass along these kind words from four of the above-mentioned alumni.
“… I throughly enjoyed my time as a Greyhound, and still have wonderful memories of my days in the Soo. I often weaer my Memorial Cup Ring and consquently read the inscription: Once a Hound, Always a Hound
As mentioned on the phone I just had my first baby boy – Tyson George Pappas. One day I hope to return to the Soo, and enable him to see my name on the plaque in the dressing room. That means a lot to me, and so do the Hounds to this day.
Keep in touch, and best of luck for the remainder of 2006!”
“Angelo & Board members,
The Soo has always been a class organization, from team to community.
The 1973-74 season was incredible for me as a hockey player and a person.
Thanks for the opportunity and 'Good Luck' to the Hounds!”
“We are enjoying the work ethic and the hockey team, and wish them well for the balance of the season and the playoffs.
Graeme Ross Bonar
“Lou you nailed it on the head as my years as a Greyhound were the best years of my life. In 1984/85, we lost in the Memorial Cup. This year we went undefeated @ home, record still stands! Wayne Groulx tied OHL record @ time most point's career. Myself (Graeme) led OHL in goals with 66. My NHL career was cut short due to career ending injury; however the 8 games I played in Montreal and 4 games with Canadian National Team is all a close second to my life in the Soo