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The North Vancouver Wolf Pack is a Junior A ice hockey team based in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. They are members of the Tom Shaw Conference of the Pacific Junior Hockey League (PJHL). The team was founded in 2008 in Squamish, British Columbia, as the Squamish Wolf Pack until relocating to North Vancouver in 2011.
In the 2013-14 season, the team earned the most points, had their highest placing (2nd, Tom Shaw) in their division, and earned their first playoff series win.
The 2014-2015 season marked, at the time, the best season in franchise history as the Wolf Pack won the PJHL Division Championship by beating the Richmond Sockeyes by one point to finish in first place in the league.
In the 2018-19 season, the Wolf Pack took all the glory the PJHL had to offer! Winning their third league title in five years with 69 points, tying the Delta Ice Hawks for first but placing higher than them due to the tie-breaker rule. The team also set records for the most and fewest goals allowed in franchise history. They would take the PJHL title in four straight games vs. the Langley Trappers before finishing third in the Cyclone Taylor Cup in Campbell River, BC.
From 2008-2015 Matt Samson was the team's president, general manager, and coach. For the 2015-16 Season, Matt Samson was hired by the Merritt Centennials of the BCHL. Bayne Koen took over as Head Coach and would coach the team to a PJHL Championship in 2018-19, setting new franchise records along the way.
For the 2019-20 season, Matt Samson returned to the bench in a full-time role and was the general manager. He was joined by Mike Borrelli, who took the position as the team's assistant GM and assistant coach. Lucas Barker represented the team as the captain for the 2019-2020 season.
The Wolf Pack set their sights on another PJHL Championship and planned to win their first Cyclone Taylor Cup in team history during the 2019/20 season. The team had a record-breaking season, becoming the first in PJHL history to reach 40 wins, including a 27-game winning streak. The Wolf Pack would finish the season with a record of 40-3-0-1 and 81 points.
The Wolf Pack would keep rolling in the playoffs, defeating the White Rock Whalers in 5 games before sweeping the Grandview Steelers in the second round, clinching a second straight finals appearance. The Wolf Pack were set to face off against the Aldergrove Kodiaks in the PJHL finals. However, the finals were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving no champion for the 2019-2020 season.
Wolf Pack 2019/20 PJHL award winners:
MVP - Lucas Barker
Best Defenceman - Jacob Callas
Best Goaltender - Bradley Cooper
Scoring Champion - Alex Suprynowicz
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, plans were made and implemented to allow for another season of PJHL hockey in the 2020-2021 season. Many efforts were made to allow for a season to occur, but the Wolf Pack could only play five games (2-3-0-0) and earn four points before the season was put on hold and ultimately canceled. Ryan Stack was the captain.
The 2021-2022 season saw the Wolf Pack playing another PJHL season during the COVID-19 pandemic, but unlike the previous season, this season ran smoothly. Alex Binette became the Captain, Ryan Hunter and Corson Penman were the alternate captains when the team played at home, and Jonathan Wong and JJ Pickell were the alternate captains when the team played on the road. The Wolf Pack clinched a Playoff berth in the 2022 PJHL Playoffs but lost to the White Rock Whalers in the first round in six games.
The Wolf Pack has established a winning tradition in their 15 years in the PJHL. Since the club’s inception, the North Vancouver Wolf Pack has become one of the province's premier Junior hockey programs. Winning two Pacific Junior Hockey League Championships, earning Bronze in the Cyclone Taylor Cup tournament, and finishing their 2019-2020 season with 40 possible 44 wins, a feat that has never been accomplished before. The Wolf Pack will be participating in several community events, celebrating its history and alumni at games throughout the season, and also introducing an alternate logo celebrating this milestone season. The Wolf Pack celebrated 15 seasons in the PJHL during the 2022-23 season.
The 2023-24 season is now underway! The Wolf Pack are now a Junior A Tier 2 club and have JJ Pickell as their team captain.
Wolf Pack individual player records set (regular season):
Points - Alex Suprynowicz (77)
Goals - Dominic Davis (42)
Wins - Bradley Cooper (25)
Shutouts - Bradley Cooper (6)
PP Goals - Lucas Barker (18)