SIOUX LOOKOUT SHARPSHOOTERS WOLFE AND HOFFMAN ADVANCE TO COLLEGE HOCKEY
This fall the dynamic duo of Anthony Wolfe and Chris Hoffman, who finished second and third in SIJHL scoring, will be ready to light the lamp in Saint Paul Minnesota for the Hamline University Pipers an NCAA Division Three squad.
The two veteran forwards acquired from the NOJHL Champion Soo Eagles, displayed instant on ice chemistry for the Flyers. Wolfe's pin-point passes combined with Hoffman's deceptive shot were the bane of opposing defensemen and net minders.
Examples of their prowess abound. In an exciting 5-2 win over the first place Wilderness, they teamed up to score twice. With an empty net tally Hoffman earned a hat trick for the evening. In a thrilling home ice victory over the Dryden Ice Dogs, their hard work helped produce three goals which saw the Orange and Black erase a 4-0 deficit to prevail 6-5 in overtime. They brought a lot of entertainment value to local fans at the Sioux Lookout Arena.
January was a very memorable month for Hoffman with the skilled forward earning both player of the week and player of the month honours.
At the conclusion of the 2011-2012 regular season, Wolfe led all SIJHL skaters with sixty assists and Hoffman was the league goal scoring champion. He was sixth in goals in the entire 130 team Canadian Junior Hockey League. WHAT A COMBO!
It did not take the Flyer's faithful long to realize that Chris and Anthony were on pace to set franchise records for all individual offensive statistics. When the dust had settled Wolfe shattered the single season points (84) and assists records and Hoffman set the high water mark for goals scored in one regular season with 49. He is second all time in points with 80.
The offensive numbers by Wolfe and Hoffman also compare favourably to other high scoring players in the SIJHL in past seasons. Only one player in the last four years has notched more assists in one regular season than Anthony Wolfe. Only two have had more points in the same time frame. Just two players in league history have earned more goals in one season than Chris Hoffman.
Hamline University had a 9-12-2 record during the 2011-2012 season. The 2010-2011 edition of the Pipers won the MIAC regular season title and MIAC post season tournament. As well Hamline U. went 16-6-4 during the 2009-2010 campaign sporting a .692 winning percentage and won the regular season conference title during 2007-2008.
When Anthony and Chris arrive in Saint Paul to begin the school year they will be attending the longest serving institution of higher learning in Minnesota. Hamline University was founded in 1854 and is one of five associated Colleges of the Twin Cities. In 2010 it ranked first in Minnesota and 9th in America.
The Sioux Lookout Flyers Junior "A" Hockey Club would like to thank them for their dedication to the team and congratulate them on their advancement to college hockey. Good luck both in the classroom and on the ice.