The 1985-1986 edition of the Sudbury Wolves ended a string of five straight seasons of missing the Ontario Hockey League playoffs.
The Wolves of ’85-86 got off to a nice 13-6-1 start before coach-general manager Wayne Maxner made a trade that backfired by shipping starting goalie Sean Evoy and all-star left winger Craig Duncanson to the Cornwall Royals for three players who did not prove to be of equal return.
Following the ill-advised trade, which would cost Maxner his job at the end of the season, the Wolves posted a record of 16-27-3 and then lost in the first round of the playoffs.
Star players for the Wolves that season included 40-goal scorer Max Middendorf and standout defenseman Jeff Brown, who tallied 22 times and would go on to a long career in the National Hockey League.
One of the owners of the Wolves of ’85-86 was Joe Drago, who is now the chairman of the board for Hockey Canada.