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Wolves take down the Rampage 7-3

The Chicago Wolves began their three games in three days at the Allstate Arena Friday night against the San Antonio Rampage with a  7-3 win. The Wolves improved to 3-0 on the season vs the San Antonio Ramage and 18-0-0-1 when leading after two periods this season.

The Chicago Wolves returned to the Allstate Arena Friday night with a trophy, the Illinois Lottery Cup. After beating the Rockford IceHogs in overtime 2-1 on February 7th, the Wolves clinched the trophy these two teams battle for every season. This marked the second trophy the Wolves have claimed this season. The other, the Amtrak Rivalry Cup against the Milwaukee Admirals. While these trophies are not the main goal, it’s gives the team and fans something to cheer about.

The Rampage got the scoring going only forty-three seconds into the contest from Gabriel Bourque putting home a rebound off goaltender Ville Husso. Husso, who has won his last three starts, left shortly after the goal with what looked liked a lower-body injury. His first save of the game got him in a weird position and was slow to get back on his feet. Pheonix Copley soon took over in net for the Wolves.

The Wolves would answer the Ramage early goal with three of their own in the first. The goals came from Ty Loney, assisted by the captain Chris Butler, Wade Megan, and Chris Butler with his second goal of the night even-though he was not done racking up points. Loney netted his first goal as a member of the Wolves. “It’s been great so far here (in Chicago). Great group of guys and I’m glad to be here.”Loney netted 18 goals this season in the ECHL and brings plenty of scoring ability to Chicago. With Agostino and Barbashev up with the St. Louis Blues, the Wolves will have to make up their scoring in some fashion and Loney is someone who can help.

The Wolves really took charge only a 1:05 seconds into the second period with a goal from Brett Sterling, his eighth goal of the season to make it 4-1 Wolves.

Sterling’s goal was assisted by Chris Butler, his third point of the game. The Rampage would quickly respond at 3:00 and later in the period at 9:18 to make it 4-3. The Rampage fought their way back with aggression and puck control in the neutral zone. The shots on goal were in favor of the Wolves the entire game, but quality chances from the Rampage allowed them to crawl back into the contest. But, Chris Butler netted another goal at 19:53 from a slapshot from the blue line. Butler then earned his fourth point, his new AHL career-high.

 

 

The third period was all Wolves. The Wolves scored two empty net goals at 18:41 and 19:09 from Wade Megan and Emerson Clark to put the icing on the cake.  

The Chicago Wolves simply played how they have all year: fast. The Wolves young core are great hockey players and they continue to add depth with the recent signings of Ty Loney and Steven McParland. And as usual, Pheonix Copley was strong in net, picking up 22 saves, with some big saves in the second period to keep the Wolves ahead. Copley improved to 12-5-3 after Friday night’s victory.

After the game, Coach Berube classified Ville Husso’s  injury as “lower body” and will know more tomorrow.

The Chicago Wolves will travel to Milwaukee and take on the Admirals Saturday night before returning home on Sunday for a rematch with the Rampage.

Chicago Wolves fall 5-2 to Griffins in first game back from All-Star Break

The Chicago Wolves drop their first game after the All-Star break 5-2 at home to the Grand Rapids Griffins.  

The Griffins got it going 1:29 into the first frame with a powerplay goal from Ben Street, his 15th of the season. The Griffins were dominate early, keeping the Wolves without a shot on goal close to the first four minutes of the game. But it would not be long before the Wolves answered.

At 9:14, Samuel Blais answered with a backhand goal right in front of the goal. The setup came from linemate Andrew Agozzino after he forced a turnover in the zone. That fancy goal tied the game up at 1.

 

The Griffins would go on and score the next two goals in the contest. The goals came from Matt Lorito at 14:59 in the first period and Todd Bertuzzzi at 3:15 in the second period. The Wolves were getting plenty of chances but were not finding the back of the net. Odd man rushes and kept the puck in the zone quite a bit but not enough to keep the Griffins from going up two goals.

The Wolves finally responded at 16:54 in the second period with a one-timer from All-Star Kenny Agostino, another powerplay goal for the Wolves.

Now, it’s 3-2 Griffins going into the third period.

Even though it was not the outcome the Chicago Wolves wanted, they played tough and competed in the third period. It was not until 15:39 that the Griffins went up two goals and took the excitement out of the crowd. The Wolves were getting a lot of chances and ended up with more shots in the final period but the Griffins were able to lite the lamp. The Griffins later netted the empty net goal in 18:25 from Matt Lorito, his second of the night to close out the game.

The Wolves were outplayed toward the end of the third period but hung around until the very end. This is a very fast team with a lot of young prospects that have been a huge part of the team’s success this season. The Griffins are the division leaders and extended their lead even more tonight. The Griffins now have six wins vs the Wolves, three in a row. These teams will not face off again until a home and home series March 17 and 18.

The final shots on goal favored the Wolves 32-30, and even outshot the Griffins 13-9 in the final period.

The Wolves are back at it again Saturday Night, February 4th vs. IceHogs. Rockford suffered an OT loss to the Admirals on Friday night 4-3. In their last meeting on January 8th, the Wolves fell 6-3. But the good news for the Wolves is that the IceHogs are last in the Western Conference with a record of 14-23-5-3. The Wolves will look to avoid losing three straight and keep pace in the standings with only 30 games left in the regular season.

Wolves handle Admirals 5-1

The only goal on Sunday at the Allstate Arena for the Wolves was simple: win.

 

The Chicago Wolves had lost their previous three games which they were outscored 8-3. And on the second game of a weekend series with the Milwaukee Admirals, the Wolves came out victorious.

It took 3:32 into the first period for the first shot on goal to register in the box score. It took the Wolves a little longer to get a SOG (around 7 minutes into the game) but the team was playing fast and looked fresh right from the puck drop despite playing their third game in three days. The Wolves came out of the first period leading the shots on goal 8-6 but no goals by either team.

Photos: Ross Dettman/Chicago Wolves

The first goal of the game came fifty-four seconds into the second period from Chicago Wolves All-Star Kenny Agostino giving him 17 for the season at that point. The assist came courtesy of captain Chris Butler. Butler, who only had 2 goals and 10 assists coming into Sunday’s game is truly a great leader of this Wolves team. Butler, 30, has a lot of NHL experience with multiple clubs (Buffalo, Calgary, and St. Louis). Having a guy like Butler on an AHL team, which is mostly prospects, allows him to brings experience and knowledge to guys still fighting for the call-up to the NHL. He is an example to the younger guys and a coach on the ice.

Wade Megan netted his twentieth goal of the season in the second period at 5:07. The team’s leading goal scorer blew by one defender, lost the puck, but got it back on his stick and let it rip. His stick skills and goal scoring ability have led the Wolves offense to this point in the season. Along with Ivan Barbashev and Kenny Agostino, the Wolves have three prolific goal scorers, but the entire team will need to keep producing as they are close to entering the second half of the season.

The Admirals responded shortly after Megan’s goal with a shot from the point by Derek Army(4) at 6:23 which made it 2-1 Wolves.

After two, the Wolves led 2-1. For the Admirals, that is not good news. When trailing after two periods so far this season, they are 2-10-1-0. For the Wolves, they have only had one loss so far this season when leading after two periods (16-0-0-1).

Wolves opened up the scoring in the third by a goal from Magnus Paajarvi at 1:36 assisted by Wade Megan and Kenny Agostino putting the Wolves up 3-1. That assist tallied Agostino’s third point of the game (1 G 2 A).

Samuel Blais kept the scoring going at 12:23 with a shot from right in front of the goal putting the Wolves up 4-1 Blais has been really successful this season for the Wolves. This is his first season at the pro hockey level and he’s been a strong contributor.

The Wolves kept pouring it on with a re-direct goal from Ivan Barbashev, his nineteenth of the season making it 5-1 Wolves. The slow start did not seem to phase the Wolves, from the second period on, they owned the ice.

Photos: Ross Dettman/Chicago Wolves

The Admirals were held scoreless in the third period. Jordan Binnington was strong all night, earning his eighth win on the season making 26 saves. His average on the season is 3.02 GAA but only allowed one past him Sunday afternoon. Binnington has been a good goaltender all season and he is bound to get some NHL time soon enough because he has earned it.

With this 5-1 Wolves win, they now are 6-2-1-1 vs. the Admirals this season. With that record the Wolves clinched the 2016-17 Amtrak Rivalry trophy that goes to the winner of the teams’ season series.
The Wolves will three days off before traveling to Cleveland to take on the Monsters on January 26th and the 28th. Then, the AHL will go into All-Star weekend in Lehigh Valley, PA with the Skills Competition on January 29th and the All-Star Challenge on January 30th. There are a variety of ways to view AHL All-Star weekend either on AHL Live or your local cable channel. Check network listings here:  http://theahl.com/2017-ahl-all-star-tv-network

Hungry like the Wolves: Wolves beat Wild 4-2 on Star Wars Night

Rosemont, IL-  It was Star Wars night  in Rosemont Saturday night and the force was strong with the Wolves.  

The Wolves jumped out to an early one goal lead as Samuel Blais (4)lit the lamp 1:18 into the contest picking up right where they left off last night in Rockford. The Wolves were 7-1-0-1 entering Saturday’s game when leading after one period and later in the period, Brad Hunt made sure the Wolves improved to eight wins after scoring his seventh goal of the season. Hunt leads the AHL in points with 25. He has been a huge part of the Wolves success so far this season.

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The second period was full of scoring, 3 goals to be exact. The Wild picked it up in the second. The Wild got goals from Grayson Downing (4) and Adam Gilmour (3). But the Wolves managed to keep the lead with a goal from Mackenzie MacEachern between the two Wild goals. After the Wolves led in the shot category for the first, the Wild managed to fight back and take the lead after two, 13-11.   The Wild were able to get things going on their end after a lackluster  start in the first period. The Wild were in Grand Rapids the night before and back to backs are never easy despite the 4-3 win.  

Who else than Brad Hunt to find the back of the net in the third that extended the Wolves lead to two. Hunt has been really impressive so far this season, not only with his offensive game but defense as well. Remember, he is a defenseman but his goal numbers would think he plays among the forwards. Do not let his size fool you either. Big time players come in all shape and sizes and Hunt, standing at 5ft 9in is short for his position but that does not seem to be a problem for the twenty-eight year old.  

Hunt’s goal in the third would be the only by both teams. The Wolves go on to win 4-2 and extended their win streak to three. For the Wild, they continue to add to the loss column when it comes to failing to win a game after trailing after the opening period.

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The Wolves got the win, but their powerplay struggled. The unit went 1/7 on the night, one had no shots and two had only one. The Wild’s PK kept the puck near the blueline and were in the shooting lanes. This is definitely a concern for Craig Berube.  The Wolves entered the night at 20.7% powerplays converted but after tonight’s showing, they will find themselves in a deeper hole.  

The Wolves now have a well-earned three days off before traveling to Grand Rapids to face-off against the Griffins on Wednesday. Following that one, the Wolves will travel to play the Milwaukee Admrials on Saturday before playing in front of the home crowd on Sunday, Decmeber 11th vs. Griffins.

In the end, Yoda’s pre-game pep talk before the game was successful.

All photos by; Dale Woltman/Chicago Wolves

Wolves Drop Home Opener 4-2; Fall to 0-2 to Start Season

The Chicago Wolves started their 2016-2017 season at the Allstate Arena on a low note, dropping the second of the home to home series to the GrandRapids Griffins 4-2. The Wolves also lost Friday night in GrandRapids 3-1.  The Wolves were outshot Saturday night 28-25 and only six came in the third period where it mattered most.wolvesopeningnight

The Wolves entered the third period with 43 seconds left on the powerplay only down one. But their efforts were not enough. The Wolves went 8 minutes in the third period without a shot which really hurt their chances to tie the game.

The Wolves started rookie goaltender Ville Husso tonight in the home opener. The 21 year old had 24 saves tonight in the loss. Husso, a Finland native, allowed two goals in the first period. He settled in after that and gave the Wolves offense a chance to win but it was not the offenses night when they really needed it. “We just had to eliminate those mistakes.” Sterling said after the 4-2 loss. “We had too many penalties early. And it’s a long year, 74 more games. Now, it’s back to work and we got another chance on Wednesday to get our first win.”

Brett Sterling retuned to the Wolves this season after departing in 2008. Sterling, who helped the Wolves capture the 2008 Calder Cup, talked about being back at the Allstate Arena. “I felt great to be back. I love playing in this arena…fans are great and the atmosphere is fantastic.”

Sterling spent the last two seasons in Austria, playing for Salzburg EC winning back to back championships. I talked to Sterling during the off-season on coming back to Chicago. He loves the city of Chicago and loved his time here and wouldn’t want to pass up another opportunity.

The first period did not go the Wolves way. It was not one sided though despite the Griffins jumping out to a 2-0 lead. The Wolves had plenty of chances but Griffins Jared Coreau was stopping pucks left and right. He was also in net  Friday night in Grand Rapids. Coreau finished with 25 saves and moves to 2-0, along with his team, to start the season.

dunn-wolves-goal-1024x683The second was a different story.  The Wolves scored twice with goals from Vince Dunn, first of his AHL career, and Ivan Barbashev lit the lamp for the home team. The Griffins lone goal was from Matt Lorito. SOG were notched at nine for both teams in the second. The Wolves fixed some things and came out to play in the second. But would it transfer to the third?

The Wolves were not at their best in the final period. Penalties and only six shots on goal hurt the Wolves and kept the momentum with the Griffins.  The Wolves were having trouble with possession and simply getting a shot off in the third, which kept the Griffins ahead. The Griffins finished it off with a late goal at 15:51 from RW Evgeny Svechnikov.

New head coach Craig Berube praised the players for their effort tonight after Saturday’s loss: “We got a lot of young guys so a lot of teaching but great effort all around. We got to bury more pucks and when we had opportunities we got to capitalize on them.” And when asked what did he tells the guys going into the third, Berube had this to say: “Stay with it. We did a good job getting the puck behind the defense. We had a lot of opportunities just got to find the back of the net.

“We’ll get there.” is what coach ended with tonight after his team fell to 0-2 to start the year.

The Wolves go back to work as they prepare for Wednesday’s match-up as the Milwaukee Admirals come to Rosemont. The Admirals won their season opener against the San Antonio Rampage 2-1 and play the Rampage again on Sunday.

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.

Player Profile: Ty Rattie

During my time with the Wolves, I’ve gained experience and was given the opportunity to watch some great hockey. The Chicago Wolves is home to some of the best talent in the AHL and winning is a tradition.

Again, the talent is through the roof at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL. The AHL is a time for development and a chance to play in the NHL, every players dream. Ty Rattie, standout prospect for the St. Louis Blues, is among the top prospects in the NHL today.

Ty Rattie, 23, was drafted by the Blues in the second round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Rattie has 4 goals and 2 assists in thirteen games for the Blues this season.  While with the Wolves, he is blowing away the competition. Rattie has 15 goals on the year and had the game winner this past weekend at the AllState arena.  A future NHL star continues to impress and improve his skill and continues to be a leader on and off the ice.

Ty Rattie started his rise to stardom at a young age. When he was fourteen, Rattie played for the AirDrie Xtreme in the AMBHL where in just 33 games; he scored 75 goals and had 56 assists.

Yes, I double checked, he is that good.

From 2009-2013, Ty played for the Portland Winter Hawks of the WHL. His young career started to take off here where he scored 57 goals during the 2011-2012 season. It was here he earned numerous awards: WHL West First All-Star Team (2012) WHL West Second All-Star Team (2013) Memorial Cup All-Star Team (2013).

 

Rattie was drafted at the age of 18. The first part of his dream came true, getting a chance to play in the NHL.

Ty Rattie began his AHL career in 2014 and was nothing short of greatness.  Rattie scored 31 goals and added 17 assists, helping the Chicago Wolves win the division that season.

Ty Rattie is a phenomenal player. Very talent and a natural born leader is what propels him to the success he has had his entire career. He has seen the NHL, he knows what it takes, and it will not be long before Rattie is a full time NHL player and the face of the St. Louis Blues franchise.

This season, Rattie scored his first NHL goal. It was a great moment for him and first of many for the 23 year-old. Rattie played in thirteen games this season and hopes for the call up once again for the Stanley Cup playoffs, something he was a part of last year and enjoyed it.

 

Ty Rattie is a player to watch for next season.  With his maturity and hitting his game in full stride, I fully expect to see Rattie take the ice for the Blues on opening night.

 

The Blackhawks Backhand

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The Blackhawks have suspended prospect Garret Ross indefinitely pending the outcome of a criminal proceeding against him after he was charged with a felony for sharing an image of a woman engaged in a sexual act without her consent (“revenge porn”). The Blackhawks also said in a statement they only became aware of a “legal proceeding” against Ross on Saturday. Ross, who plays for their AHL affiliate Rockford IceHogs, was charged with the felony on February 2nd after a four-month investigation into the alleged offense.

“On Saturday afternoon, March 19, 2016, the Chicago Blackhawks and Rockford IceHogs learned of a legal proceeding against IceHogs player Garret Ross,” the statement said. “At that time, we excused Garret from team activities pending our preliminary review of the matter. After further review, we have determined to suspend Garret indefinitely pending the outcome of the legal process. Because this is a pending legal proceeding, we will have no further comment at this time.”

Ross continued to play for the IceHogs after he was charged until Saturday. His last game with the team was Friday.

Oct 21, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger (16) during the third period at United Center. The Chicago Blackhawks defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Kruger could make his return during the team’s four-game western road trip. Kruger has been out since December 18th after undergoing surgery for a dislocated wrist and he returned to practice on March 13th. “Optimistically, I wouldn’t [discount] the possibility of him even playing Saturday [against the Flames in Calgary],” Coach Quenneville said. “I’m hopeful, but we’ll see.”

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The Blackhawks assigned defenseman David Rundblad to the Rockford IceHogs. Rundblad was on loan by the Blackhawks to the ZSC Lions of Switzerland’s National League A. He notched two assists in nine games with the Blackhawks this season.

Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) in the second period of an exhibition game Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 at the United Center. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)

Goaltender Corey Crawford has not played since March 14th because of an upper-body injury. His status continues to be “day-to-day” and according to Joel Quenneville, there is uncertainty over whether Crawford will travel on the four-game road trip. Crawford did not practice before Tuesday night’s game against the Stars and when asked if he would travel Friday, Quenneville said “We’ll see.” Quenneville didn’t elaborate on Crawford’s injury except to say there was a “little bit” of progress.

Hungry Like the Wolves: Milwaukee Admirals vs. Chicago Wolves

ROSEMONT, Ill. – It’s the third game in three days for the Chicago Wolves as the Milwaukee Admirals traveled to Chicago for the last time this season.illinois-lottery-cup-game-i10

The Wolves came into today on a two game win streak with both wins coming vs. Rockford.  The Lottery Cup continued this past weekend with a home-to-home back-to-back and the Wolves came away with both games, one being in OT on Saturday and marked their first win in Rockford this season. RW Danny Kristo scored the game winner in OT Saturday night, who has had a lot of OT success this season. G Jordan Binnington played outstanding making 30 saves and rookie Emerson Clark added another goal to his AHL campaign.

With play-offs right around the corner, the Wolves find themselves currently out of the play-off picture. With 11 games left in the regular season, there is still plenty of time to move up in the division. 7 of 11 games come against teams ahead of them in the standings, its go time more than ever if the Wolves want a shot at the Calder Cup.

PheonixCopleyup (1)On Sunday afternoon, the Wolves know they have to keep this win streak going. Pheonix Copley is in net and looks for the thirteenth win of the season.  RW Danny Kristo, team leading in goals with 21, along with Ty Rattie look to lead the charge on offense with the goal to continue to rise in the standings.

The Wolves came out fast and aggressive, something you wouldn’t expect right away after playing back-to-back nights. There is no doubt the Wolves want and have to keep winning to have a chance at the playoffs.

The Admirals had a great opportunity with a 2 man advantage early in the first period after Trupp was sent away for tripping at 7:19 and Rattie soon joined him at 8:29. But to no prevail, Copley and the Wolves defense shut the door. The shot totals for the first period favored the Admirals 12-5.

JeremyWelshJeremy Welsh scored his 13th of the season near midway through the second period and put the Wolves up 1-0. Later in the period, the Admirals would have a chance to tie it up with a penalty shot from Felix Girard but was denied by Copley. The Wolves have done really well between the blue lines, which has helped them hold onto the 1-0 lead.  Minimizing turnovers and puck possession is very important, especially in a one goal game.

The Admirals outshot the Wolves 14-10 in the second and 25-15 through two periods.

The Admirals lit the lamp early in the third period. LW Kevin Fiala scored his 16th of the season after a turnover by the Wolves in the neutral zone. Fiala, 11th overall pick in the 2014 NHL draft, has put together a great year in Milwaukee scoring 15 goals and 26 assists coming into today’s game.  Fiala,19, has been called up by the Predators this year and scored his first NHL goal on January 14th vs. Jets.

Vladislav Kamenev put the Admirals up 2-1 with under three minutes left in the third period.  It was do or die time for the Wolves and they would get some help. The Admirals would get called for hooking with 26.3 seconds left in the third. It would be 6 on 4 for the Wolves since Copley was on the bench. And the Admirals help their own and pulled out the victory at the AllState Arena.

The final shot total was 37-20 Admirals. Both teams had quality chances but the Avs snuck two by Copley in a very close game.

The Wolves look to rebound and keep some play-off hope alive as they travel to Charlotte Wednesday for a very important game versus the Checkers.

The Wolves are much more than Hockey

The Chicago Wolves are more than just hockey. The Wolves recognize those who even allow this great sport to be played.messmer&soldier

On Saturday, February 6, the Chicago Wolves honored current and former servicemen, servicewomen, and their families for their selfless dedication to keep this country free.

“We were uplifted by the responses to our Military Families initiatives,” said Chicago Wolves president Mike Gordon. “Many people who make a practice of avoiding the spotlight graciously accepted the attention they deserve. We want to provide this opportunity while allowing families to enjoy their evening together. Partnering with Sears Home Services, which has an established connection with the military community, is a perfect fit.”

Sears Holdings Corporation employs more than 25,000 veterans and 1,500 active members of the Reserve and National Guard.

WolvesMilitaryJerseysThe Chicago Wolves also put out the opportunity for fans to bid in a silent auction for a personalized Military Appreciation jersey.  The auction starts on Feb. 5 and concludes at 5 p.m. on Feb. 22. The winner gets to select the name on the back of a No. 16 jersey.  Proceeds from the commemorative jerseys will benefit Chicago Wolves Charities, The Heart of a Marine Foundation, 1Fur1 Foundation, Defending the Blue Line and other military-related charities.

A lot of other teams are active in their community, but the Wolves are always showing their appreciation.  At every game, the Wolves bring out a hometown hero (servicemen or servicewomen) onto the ice before the game to be recognized and then stay on the ice for the National Anthem.

TurtlewaxChicagoWolvesAlso, the Wolves have added another night honoring community members.  In the teams regular season finale on April 16, the Wolves and Turtle Wax are on a mission to support first responders and their families via an interactive social media campaign.  If you visit @TurtleWax on twitter and re-tweet its pinned tweet, you can add to the goal of 2,000 re-tweets in which Turtle Wax will donate $25,000 to the 100 Club of Chicago.  So go on twitter and retweet to help out the 100 Club!

Count Chicago Wolves senior executive vice president Wayne Messmer among those who have benefited from first responders’ expertise. When Messmer was shot in the throat during a robbery attempt on Chicago’s near west side in the early morning on April 9, 1994, the Chicago Fire Department’s Henry Hugel and Bill Steiner rushed to his aid.

“Without the incredible work of first responders Bill and Henry, it is possible that I would not be here today,” Messmer said. “The sacrifices made by first responders are invaluable. We’re honored to host them and their families at the arena in April and hope fans, friends and the community will join us in retweeting for this great cause.”

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