Wright Pearson
Hockey
Inducted in 2014
Wright Pearson graduated from Suffield High in 1979. In Pearson's four years at SHS he became the most prolific goal scorer in hockey history. Wright still holds the single game, season, and career records for the Wildcats. Hockey became important to Wright at the age of six. His dad helped found the Suffield youth Flyers hockey team and Wright soon began to show incredible ability as early as ten years old, and by the age of twelve he was playing for a Hartford all star team. This team played over seventy games and in several regional tournaments. Pearson was soon to enter high school and to play for legendary coach Larry Green.

Starting as a freshman as the center on the second line, Wright finished his first season as the third leading scorer on the team and also in the top ten scorers in Northern Connecticut. His first team qualified for the state tournament. Wright's sophomore season saw him lead the team in scoring as well as Northern Connecticut. This team made it to the state quarterfinals. Pearson was selected team MVP and to the Journal first team, and to the all-state second team. Pearson's scoring records were gaining him state wide recognition as he entered his junior year. Wright again was team MVP and, now, first team all-state. Once more, he led everyone in goals scored. He also led the Wildcats to the Division II State semi-finals. As a senior, Coach Green had toughened Suffield's schedule by playing down state powers. Pearson's scoring could not be stopped. He notched his 100th goal midway through the season enroute to 37 goals for the year. Wright held every scoring record for SHS as well as Northern Connecticut. He led the Wildcats to their first state tournament championship and won MVP honors in doing so. He, again, was selected first team all-state.

Wright's fabulous career was suddenly cut short after graduating from SHS; he contracted spinal meningitis which affected his motor skills and limited his hockey participation, forcing him to stop playing entirely after his freshman year in college.  Nevertheless, Pearson, unquestionably, is one of the greatest high school hockey players in Connecticut history.