Sault Legends: Wayne Caufield

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caufieldwaynejerseydevils196566h500After many attempts to reach Wayne Caufield through other reporters that have written about his legacy have come up with no response, I still must give a column to this Sault-native, because he deserves it.

Wayne Caufield did well in the EHL before joining the Sault Canadians, having some amazing point-per-game seasons.

Caufield started out with the Philadelphia Ramblers in 1963-64, where he posted 25 goals and 39 points in his rookie season.

He went on to play two season with the Jersey Devils where he made 41 points in 48 games and 42 points in 37 games.

After playing another season with the newly-formed Jersey-Long Island Devils he went on to Syracuse where he made an astonishing 95 points in 65 games.

In 1968-69 he played a season between the Salem Rebels and the Greensboro Generals where he posted 56 points in 60 games. Ending the season with the Generals he made it to the playoffs where he notched 7 points in only 8 games.

After a short season with Salem again, getting 20 points in 22 games, he came back home to play for the Canadians in the Sault. Two seasons with them and 76 points later, he went on to the Milwaukee Admirals where he played five seasons before retiring, averaging more than a point a game.

Inducted into the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011 their website reads:

“During this period, Caufield became involved with Milwaukee SHAW, where his son began playing in 1973. For the next 16 years, Caufield coached both house and travel teams from mites through high school, and won the State Tournaments in 1984 for high school and 1986 for midgets. During this time, Caufield conducted annual hockey clinics for more than 25 years at State Fair Park and Wilson Park Arenas.

While continuing to play as an adult in the Men’s Metro Milwaukee Hockey Association, Caufield also coached the Milwaukee Flyers Hockey Club in 1988-89. In 1989, he became the association coach for Pius XI High school and continued through the 1992-93 season.

Caufield continues to follow and support youth hockey, and for the past 10 years, he has been an active member of the Greendale Lions Club as a board member and volunteer.”

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  1. We remember Lou’s cousin from the Soo coming to Milwaukee way back in those days.. Believe Frank meant Wayne, when he referred to “Paul” (our son) who back in those days would have been 5-6 years old.

  2. On a few occasions, a number of years ago, I visited my cousin Lou Caputo, who was also playing for the Milwaukee Admirals, and we met up with Paul. He was always a very personable guy and we had some nice conversations. When we showed with Lou, at one of their favourite watering holes, Paul and Lou introduced us as 2 rookies with the Admirals. The owner of the bar said, welcome boys; here’s a couple of drinks on the house. Good times. Good luck to Paul and his family. Definitely a real nice guy from Sault Ste. Marie.

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