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Brett Sterling rejoins Wolves

Brett Sterling, second most goals in franchise history for the Chicago Wolves, has returned to the team on a one year deal.  

The Los Angeles born and current Chicago resident stacked up 167 goals and 141 assists in 302 games during his first two stints with the Wolves, which included a 2008 Calder Cup championship.

“The Wolves are extremely pleased to bring Brett back into the fold,” said Wolves general manager Wendell Young.

Sterling, 32, is coming off back to back championship seasons playing for the EC Red Bull Salzburg of the Austrian Hockey league. “It’s very competitive over there, Sterling said in an exclusive one on one interview with Thomas Gibbons of cleatgeeks.com. “There’s a mix of young and old guys with great skill sets and the competition is like no other” Sterling netted a team high 33 goals last season, including 8 in the postseason to reclaim the Austrian Cup.

Sterling started his professional career with the Wolves back in 2006-07. He earned rookie of the year honors scoring a league high 55 goals. Sterling was phenomenal that year and still continues to be to this day. He credits his growth to his line mates, Jason Krog and Darren Haydar. “Both of those guys were older than me and have been playing in the league for awhile. They both had some NHL experience and really helped me turn into the player I am. They showed me the ropes and helped me improve my game, eventually ending up in a championship in 2008”

The four-time AHL All-Star posted 143 goals and 263 points in 254 games during his first run with the Wolves, then returned for the 2012-13 season and led the team with 24 goals despite missing some time with injury. Sterling also has 5 NHL goals on his resume, playing for the Atlanta Thrashers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and the St. Louis Blues.

Sterling hopes to bring his longtime career experience  in the US and in Europe to a young Wolves team. “A very important thing I tell the young guys is it doesn’t matter where you are at in your playing career, you have to live in the now. You have to prove yourself and your time will come to hopefully play at the next level. Everyone wants a winner and winning a Calder Cup brings attention and a chance to further your success.” Brett hopes to bring another Calder Cup back to the Wolves, something he has already expressed since rejoining the team that kicked off his pro career.

The Chicago Wolves and Brett  Sterling, a Dodger fan but also roots for the Chicago Cubs, host the franchise’s 23rd home opener on Saturday, October 15th.

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