When Chris Terry was playing junior hockey for the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League during the 2007-08 season, the current Wolves forward met and befriended Bobby Suvoy, a 16-year-old diagnosed with ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative disease.
Bobby’s favorite player was Chris, who at the time was not that much older than the teenager, and the Suvoy family had plans to attend a game but had to cancel when Bobby’s health took a turn for the worse. It was then that Terry made the decision to visit the Suvoy family home.
“I got to go over to his house and meet him and his family,” Chris said. “He was 16 years old and all his body functions were gone and he couldn’t speak but we became friends,” Chris said. “Unfortunately, he passed away later that year but I remain close with the family. They’re a really great family and he was a really great kid. It’s something that’s been near and dear to my heart since.”
The Wolves are proud to support Chris Terry and those afflicted with ALS and their families through Chris’ ALS All-Stars. Through the program, families are invited to attend a Wolves home game during the 2023-24 season.
“The point of the program is to give families going through this who might have financial and mentally hard times with this awful disease a night out,” said Chris, who won the Dan Snyder Memorial Award as the OHL’s Humanitarian of the Year for the 2008-09 season. “They can come to watch a hockey game and enjoy the game. It gives them a night to hopefully step away for it for a while. I enjoy meeting the families after and hearing their stories.”
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