Max Silverman was a tough coach and agrumentative. However, he managed to get his players national and world championships. Silverman was born in Sudbury on Aug. 25, 1906. He was a sports enthusiast from a young age. He was a water boy for the Sudbury senior hockey team working his way through the ranks. He became coach of the Sudbury Wolves in 1932. He became coach of the Sudbury junior hockey team after a falling out with Sam Rothschild following the 1932 Memorial Cup victory. Silverman scouted the province looking for the best players. He assembled a team in 1938 and united them under the Sudbury Wolves banner. He took them to Europe for an international competition where they won the world title. In 1948 Silverman asked and was granted permission from the governing bodies of hockey in Canada to coach and manage a team to defend its Canadian title. He then began to scout the country looking for anyone who was not under a contract to a professional club. What Silverman called a goodwill tour was already off to a rough start when customs in Britain seized the club’s 50 hockey sticks and more than $200 in chocolate and bubble gum for fear that it would be sold for profit. The Wolves were criticized by the Europeans for their rough style of play. Silverman was more than just a successful coach. In 1965 he was elected mayor of Sudbury serving until his death in 1966 at age 60.
Max Silverman Elected First Jewish Mayor of City in Ontario
December 14, 1965
SUDBURY, Ont. (Dec. 13)
Max Silverman, 67, a businessman who is active in Jewish affairs, has been elected the first Jewish mayor of this Ontario city by a huge margin. Sudbury is composed of a mixed population of Anglo-Saxon, French-Canadian and Central European origins.
Mr. Silverman, whose parents settled in Canada in the 1870’s, coming from Russia, is active in the fur business and mining but best known for his lifelong participation in hockey. He has been in the sport for almost 40 years and has managed Sudbury hockey teams to world titles.