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IN THIS ISSUE

FRONT OFFICE Seth Gold. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director Irwin Jann. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director Mike Gordon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President Wayne Messmer. . . . . . . . . . . . Senior Executive Vice President Dana Wildman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Executive Assistant OPERATIONS Courtney Mahoney. . . . . . . Senior Vice President of Operations Bryan Campion. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Operations Dan Harris. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Operations Manager John Sherlock. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Game Operations Coordinator Becky Jarosch . . . . . . . . . . . . Community Relations Coordinator CREATIVE SERVICES Imran Javed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Digital Content Manager Morgan Wojtkowski . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Senior Designer Troy Mueller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Graphic Designer Kara Konicki . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Creative Services Intern Ross Dettman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Team Photographer COMMUNICATIONS Lindsey Willhite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Public Relations Justin Skelnik. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Asst. Director of Media Relations Kristen Shilton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Communications Intern

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TV Ron Storto. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Executive Television Producer Sarah Draheim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TV Production Manager Zack Zollars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TV Associate Producer Rob Kerr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .TV Production Assistant BROADCAST TEAM Jason Shaver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Play-By-Play Announcer Bill Gardner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Color Analyst

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HOCKEY OPERATIONS Norine Gillner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hockey Operations Assistant Mike Nardella . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hockey Operations

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MEDICAL STAFF Dr. Scott Logue, MD . . . . . . . . . . . Team Physician/Orthopedics Dr. Rob Dugan, MD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Orthopedics Dr. Jack Morgan, MD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Internist Dr. Alan Acierno, DDS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Team Dentist Dr. Steven Horwitz, MD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ear, Nose, & Throat Jim Buskirk, PT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Physical Therapist John Jevitz, DC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chiropractor

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WOLVES HISTORY

FOUR-TIME CHAMPIONS

The Chicago Wolves have never hidden the fact that the organization’s culture is based around winning championships. During an 11-year span from 1997-2008, the Wolves reached the league Finals six times and skated away with the championship trophy four times. Chicago won the IHL’s Turner Cup in 1998 and 2000 and the AHL’s Calder Cup in 2002 and 2008. The team also made appearances in the Finals in 2001 (IHL) and 2005 (AHL). As the team enters its 19th season of competition, we look back at the four biggest days in franchise history when the Wolves ended their season on top of the mountain.

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Backed by 16,701 fans, the second-largest crowd in Turner Cup Finals history, the Wolves shut out the Detroit Vipers 3-0 to capture their first Turner Cup Championship, 4-games-to-3. It was the first seven-game series for the IHL Championship in 13 years, while the shutout set a then-franchise record with two in one postseason. Chicago won the last two games of the series to become only the sixth team in the IHL’s 53-year history to rebound from a 3-games-to-2 deficit in the Finals. Wolves center Alexander Semak walked away with the N.R. ”Bud“ Poile Trophy as the postseason’s most valuable player.

After a scoreless first period, center Derek Plante notched two goals just 26 seconds apart in the second period to eliminate the Grand Rapids Griffins at Van Andel Arena and capture the Wolves second Turner Cup Championship in three years. With the victory, Chicago became the 16th team in league history to capture multiple IHL championships (1998 and 2000). Wolves goaltender Andrei Trefilov was awarded the N.R. ”Bud“ Poile Trophy as the Turner Cup Playoffs Most Valuable Player, having led the league during the postseason in both goalsagainst average (1.35) and save percentage (.950).

The Wolves clinch their third championship in five years when center Yuri Butsayev scores 2:05 into the second overtime to defeat the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 4-3 and capture the Calder Cup Championship, 4-games-to-1, at the Allstate Arena. The Wolves, who played a leaguehigh 105 games, including an all-time AHL-high 25 playoff games, became the sixth team in AHL history to win the championship in their inaugural season. Goaltender Pasi Nurminen was awarded the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the playoff MVP, posting a league-leading and then franchise-high 15 wins. Right wing Rob Brown led the league during the postseason with 26 assists and 33 points.

The Wolves clinched their fourth league title in 11 years and second Calder Cup Championship with a 5-2 victory and a 4-games-to-2 series win over the WilkesBarre/Scranton Penguins at Allstate Arena. Center Jason Krog capped a four-point night with a hat trick and an assist, which earned him the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the MVP of the 2008 Calder Cup Playoffs. He matched franchise marks with 12 goals and 26 assists in the postseason and established a new club record with 38 points. Rookie goaltender Ondrej Pavelec collected his 16th postseason win, the most in club history and tied for the most in league history during a single postseason.

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The Wolves retire Wendell Young’s jersey. The record-setting goaltender becomes the first player in franchise history to receive the honor and his No. 1 banner hangs in Allstate Arena’s rafters.

DECEMBER 15, 2007

Center Kevin Doell needs just 77 seconds to record the fastest hat trick in Wolves history. Doell scores three times in the second period --- once on a penalty shot --- as the Wolves roll to a 10-2 victory over the Iowa Stars at Wells Fargo Arena that ties the franchise marks for goals in a road game and margin of victory.

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The Wolves establish the franchise record for single-game goals with an 11-5 decision over the Peoria Rivermen at Allstate Arena. Ramzi Abid and Justin Morrison lead the way with 4 points apiece as the Wolves also set team records for goals in a period (7 in the second) and player points (28).

DECEMBER 10, 2011

Right wing Darren Haydar becomes the 22nd player in American Hockey League history to record 700 career points as he delivers a goal and an assist in a 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Admirals at Allstate Arena.

OWNERSHIP

DONALD R. LEVIN

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD/GOVERNOR Donald R. Levin (luh-VIN) founded DRL Enterprises, Inc., in 1969. The Chicago-based company has holdings in many industries including tobacco processing, aircraft and medical equipment leasing, licensed sports product manufacturing and distribution, and motion picture production and distribution. Levin’s film company has made nearly 20 motion pictures distributed in the U.S. and overseas. His films have featured such stars as Emilio Estevez, Charlie Sheen, Sharon Stone, Rodney Dangerfield, and Chuck Norris. Levin donates his time and serves on the board of directors for several charitable organizations. Levin also supports Chicago’s Department of Animal Care and Control (ACC). The Wolves host the ACC’s Adopt-a-Dog program at several home games each season and encourage fans to bring home an adopted dog after the game. The Adopt-A-Dog program found homes for 1,001 dogs in its first 12 seasons. Ten

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summers ago, Levin purchased and donated the Animobile – a mobile adoption unit and a modern clinic staffed by veterinarians and adoption specialists. The Chicago native was recognized at the Boy Scouts of America’s Northwest Suburban Council’s Distinguished Citizens Banquet as its 2005 Honoree. Under Levin’s direction, the Wolves organization has held a scout night for the Northwest Suburban Council at a home game for the last 15 seasons. Levin will be inducted into the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame on Jan. 27, 2013. He was honored as the International Hockey League’s Executive of the Year for the 1999-2000 season, which concluded with the franchise’s second of four championships. Before beginning his business career, Levin served in the United States Marine Corps, from which he was honorably discharged. Levin and his wife, Kathleen Ann, have a son, Robert, and live in the northern suburbs.

“I like all of the charities we’re involved with. It’s great to be able to help so many people and animals in need.”

WILLIAM BUDDY MEYERS VICE CHAIRMAN

William Buddy Meyers, a principal owner of the Wolves, has been involved in the world of hockey for more than 35 years. He is a former certified agent of the National Hockey League Players’ Association and is past attorney for the Soviet Red Army Hockey Team (CSKA). He is a practicing attorney and the principal in the law firm of William Buddy Meyers, Ltd. His concentration is in the areas of worker’s compensation and personal injury litigation. Additionally, he is a member of the Illinois Bar Association, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and Illinois Workers

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Compensation Lawyers Association; a former director of the Better Boys Foundation and River North Association; and a recipient of the Shomrim Society of Illinois’ Man of the Year Award in 2006. He also supports numerous charitable and environmental organizations. Meyers is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and holds a juris doctor degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology/Chicago Kent. He and Jill live in the River North area of Chicago and have five children between them: Justin, Lindsey, Zak, Brad, and Leslie.

“There are so many worthy causes that we work with through the Wolves. Don and I each have some favorites. Mine include Challenge Aspen (injured soldiers from the United States and Israel learn to ski), Little Heroes Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, and charities involving children.”

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HOCKEY OPERATIONS

WENDELL YOUNG GENERAL MANAGER

Wendell Young enters his fourth season at the helm of the Wolves hockey operations department. The team has compiled a .604 winning percentage (130-81-10-15) and won two division titles during his tenure as general manager. Young has been a member of the Wolves in numerous capacities – including player, coach, and executive – since the team’s inaugural campaign in 1994. He served as assistant coach and executive director of team relations for six seasons before transitioning into the general manager role. The 49-year-old is the Wolves’ all-time leader among goaltenders in games (322), wins (169), saves (8,467), minutes (17,912), and shutouts (16), and was a member of Chicago’s 1998 and 2000 Turner Cup championship squads. His jersey number “1” was retired on Dec. 1, 2001 – becoming the first Wolves player to receive the honor. The Halifax, Nova Scotia, native, who was inducted into the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame in 2007, is the only man to win all four North American championships: the Stanley Cup, Turner Cup, Calder Cup, and Memorial Cup. Young played 18 seasons of professional hockey, including 10 in the National Hockey League. He compiled a 59-86-12 record in 187 games with the Vancouver Canucks, Philadelphia Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Penguins. He also served as goaltending coach for the Calgary Flames from 2001-03. Young and his wife, Paula, reside in the northwest suburbs and have a daughter, Gabrielle, and sons, Matt and Jack.

GENE UBRIACO

SENIOR ADVISOR & DIRECTOR OF HOCKEY OPERATIONS Gene Ubriaco, who has been with the Wolves since the franchise’s inception in 1994, returns for his 16th season as the team’s director of hockey operations and fourth as senior advisor. Ubriaco served as the Wolves first head coach and guided the expansion team to a 34-33-14 record and a berth in the Turner Cup playoffs. He compiled a 61-61-20 record with the Wolves during a threeyear span, which included a two-game interim stint during the 1996-97 season. In 1988, Ubriaco was hired to coach the National Hockey League’s Pittsburgh Penguins. Under his tutelage, the Penguins shattered several team records and advanced to the Stanley Cup Playoffs after a seven-year absence. He posted a 50-47-9 record with Pittsburgh. The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, native also played professional hockey for 10 years. He recorded 162 goals, 258 assists, and 420 points in 456 AHL games spanning nine seasons, which included a careerhigh 42 goals and 86 points during the 1965-66 season with the Hershey Bears. Ubriaco spent his final three years as a player in the NHL with the Penguins (1967-68), the Oakland Seals (1968-69) and the Chicago Blackhawks (1969-70). He posted 39 goals, 35 assists, and 74 points in 177 regular-season games. Ubriaco and his wife, Nella, have a daughter, Francine, and a son, Gene, and live in the western suburbs.

BILL BENTLEY

ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER Bill Bentley enters his fourth season as assistant general manager and 19th season with the Wolves organization. One of a handful of people who has been with the organization since the team’s inception in 1994, Bentley has been instrumental in the hockey operations department for more than 15 years, which includes all four championship campaigns. The Chicago native joined the organization as a statistician in 1994 and was promoted to team services manager a year later. The 43-year-old spent 12 seasons as the director of hockey administration – handling team travel, immigration, and accounting for the hockey operations department. Bentley and his wife, Jennifer, reside in the southwest suburbs.

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SCOTT ARNIEL HEAD COACH

Scott Arniel enters his first season with the Chicago Wolves after being named the ninth head coach in franchise history on June 26, 2012. The 50-year-old Arniel brings 12 years of professional coaching experience to Chicago’s bench, which includes 123 games of National Hockey League experience as head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets. He posted a 45-60-18 record behind the Blue Jackets bench before parting ways with Columbus on Jan. 9, 2012. The Kingston, Ontario, native compiled a 181-106-16-17 record and .617 winning percentage as an American Hockey League head coach with the now-defunct Manitoba Moose from 2006-10. He led Manitoba to an appearance in the 2009 Calder Cup Finals and was awarded the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award that season as the league’s coach of the year. Arniel also served as an assistant coach with the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres (2002-04; 2005-06), and with Manitoba (2000-02) before becoming a head coach. A veteran of 730 NHL contests as a player with the Winnipeg Jets (1981-86; 1990-91), Buffalo Sabres (1986-1990), and Boston Bruins (1991-92), Arniel registered 149 goals, 189 assists, and 338 points in 11 seasons.

MIKE FOLIGNO ASSISTANT COACH

Mike Foligno enters his first season with the Wolves after being named assistant coach on July 20, 2012. Foligno served most recently as assistant coach of the National Hockey League’s Anaheim Ducks, where he helped the Ducks amass an 81-66-17 record from 2010-12. Prior to joining the Ducks, the 53-year-old spent seven seasons as head coach and general manager of the Ontario Hockey League’s Sudbury Wolves, where he compiled a 189-229-12-46 record. He also spent five seasons as head coach of the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears from 1998-2003, posting a 186-154-44-16 mark. The Sudbury, Ontario, native entered the coaching ranks as an assistant with the AHL’s St. John’s Maple Leafs in 1995-96 and also served as head coach of St. John’s and assistant coach of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs that season. In 1996-97 he served as assistant coach with the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche. The Detroit Red Wings first selection, third overall, in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft, Foligno played 15 seasons in the NHL, recording 355 goals, 372 assists, 727 points, and 2,049 penalty minutes in 1,018 contests with the Red Wings (1979-81), Buffalo Sabres (1981-91), Toronto Maple Leafs (1991-93) and Florida Panthers (1993-94).

NOLAN BAUMGARTNER ASSISTANT COACH

Nolan Baumgartner enters his first season as Wolves assistant coach after announcing his retirement as a player and being named to the position on July 6, 2012. Baumgartner wrapped up his 16-year professional career by serving as the Wolves captain during the 2011-12 campaign. The 36-year-old tallied 83 goals, 307 assists, 390 points, and 815 penalty minutes in 878 career American Hockey League contests with the Portland Pirates, Norfolk Admirals, Manitoba Moose, Philadelphia Phantoms, Iowa Stars, and the Wolves. The Calgary, Alberta, native also posted 40 assists, 47 points, and 67 penalty minutes in 143 career National Hockey League outings with the Washington Capitals, Chicago Blackhawks, Vancouver Canucks, Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers, and Dallas Stars.

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life without really thinking about it. I certainly knew from the onset that we better have an honest program for her or this could be disastrous. We all decided that we would treat Manon, who had the ability of a 15-to-17 year old male player, as a regular prospect. Her video had shown that she had the potential to land in the first rung of the minor leagues. I saw this as a challenge and felt that we could manage this and it would give us an opportunity to prove that hockey players would give her a fair chance. Phil agreed and Tampa invited her to camp. During training camp every effort was made to accommodate her. She was given her own dressing room and needless to say, there were always a number of reporters standing outside of it. Manon participated in all aspects of training camp and didn’t embarrass herself. However, it was obvious that her size and strength could hold her back, but her desire and attitude certainly made up for that. During the Lightning’s training camp, she played in the last half of an exhibition game, becoming the first woman ever to achieve this feat. The goalie that started that game for Tampa Bay … current Wolves GM Wendell Young. Of all the projects that I have been involved in, this truly was one of the highlights of my career. Even though she only played one season under me in Atlanta, she was a treat to work with. Manon gave hockey a lift in the South, namely, Tampa and Atlanta. The most satisfying aspect of coaching Manon was the fact that we never received any negative views or reviews about our inclusion of a female in an all-male program.

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Arena, Alice Cooper’s “No More Mr. Nice Guy” blares from the loudspeakers. It’s a humorous choice for a goal song because, well, Gordon never deviates from Nice Guy mode. “You know ‘Gordo,’ ” said veteran American Hockey League defenseman Dean Arsene, Gordon’s first roommate in professional hockey. “He’s a pretty easy-going guy. He’s always positive, always having fun, always in a good mood.” Before one of the Wolves morning skates on their mid-October trip to Abbotsford, B. C., Gordon amused himself and his teammates by balancing the end of his hockey stick on his chin and keeping it aloft for several seconds, while skating around on the ice.

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The 26-year-old native of Porters Lake, Nova Scotia, has a passion for life that extends in unpredictable directions. And when the Wolves alternate captain does latch on to a topic, he isn’t afraid to express his interest via Twitter (@AndrewGordon10). One sample from August: The guy who will be renting my place moves in at 9am. Maybe I should have been packing instead of YouTube-ing clips of pet pot belly pigs. Really? Potbelly pigs? “I’m allergic to dogs, but I went through a phase this summer where I wanted a pet really bad,” Gordon said with a laugh. “Potbelly pigs became a small fixation of mine. So I did research online and watched some pet videos and how to train them. They’re pretty remarkable little animals, but I definitely won’t be getting one any time soon. Like I say, it was a minor fixation. It was something to keep me away from doing responsible things.” That attitude might explain another one of Gordon’s tweets during offseason downtime: When my hockey career is over i want a job at the zoo wearing a giant panda costume feeding baby pandas. Maybe the 2nd best job ever. Gordon let out another long laugh upon hearing his words read back to him. “Well, I was watching some Discovery Channel, and there were some guys dressed up as giant pandas who would go in there and try to make baby pandas feel more comfortable when they were eating,” Gordon said. “I don’t know what the deal is, but cuddling a baby panda seems like the second-best job that would be out there. I’ve always been an animal lover, a zoo lover. It just seemed appropriate at the time.” Why did Gordon label it the second-best job in the world? Because he already has the best job in the world – and he knows it. Gordon is the guy who shows up for practice early and stays late because he loves everything about the sport. He’s the guy whose 4.8 percent body fat ranks as the lowest on the team, no small feat with his 6-foot, 198-pound physique when there are

wiry guys like Eddie Lack on the roster. He’s the guy who’s as serious about his craft as he’s unserious about everything else. “I have a lot to smile about,” Gordon said. “It’s something that not many people can say: I love going to work every day. Playing hockey for a living is a gift. If I didn’t respect it, then I would be doing everybody else who actually works hard for their living a disservice. I’m an adult. I play a game for a living and that’s something I can never take for granted.” Gordon, a sixth-year pro who has 49 National Hockey League games and 3 NHL goals on his resume, gives credit to the 32-year-old Arsene for teaching him how to be a professional. Gordon left St. Cloud State after three years and joined the Hershey Bears in 2007 as a “black ace,” which meant he served as a practice player for the Bears as they went all the way to the Calder Cup finals. Arsene, Hershey’s captain, was injured and couldn’t play during the playoffs. So when the Bears hit the road, he’d invite Gordon and a teammate or two over for dinner or take them to a baseball game. After the Cup Finals ended, Arsene asked Gordon if he’d like to live with him and his girlfriend, Alex, the following season. Gordon accepted eagerly. They developed such a close friendship, Gordon shared emcee duties with Alex’s brother during Dean and Alex’s wedding in 2010. When the Wolves played at Abbotsford in October, Gordon visited Alex’s parents’ house as both sides of the Arsene family filled the place in order to enjoy his company. “I really came out of college and was eating frozen pizzas and drinking Diet Pepsi,” Gordon said. “When I started living with Dean, I saw how he was doing it. I came to him and said, ‘Look, I see what I’m doing and I see what you’re doing – and I want that.’ You have to be interested in it. That’s one thing about anything in your life, I feel. If you don’t want to change it, you’re never going to. You’ll always revert back to the way you are and the way you want to be.” Arsene, now an alternate captain for St. John’s and a mainstay on the IceCaps blue line, remembers taking Gordon to the grocery store. “Jokingly, he’d call it ‘Dinner with Dean,’” Arsene said. “Once a week, we’d pick out a recipe from my book and we’d go to the store. I’d show him what to buy and what to eat. He’d write down everything and copy the recipe. I like food and I like cooking, so we always had fun with it.”

Now Gordon counts his daily grocery-store visit among his passions. He gets a kick out of spending 45 minutes roaming a store, even when he has just three items on his list for that night’s dinner. Upon hearing that anecdote, Arsene chuckled knowingly. “He’s just a good guy, down to earth,” Arsene said. “I thought of him as kind of a little brother to me. He was kind of like Alex’s little brother too.” With that in mind, an intriguing situation unfolded last March within the Wolves family. Right about the time Gordon suffered a season-ending lower-body injury, rookie defenseman Brad Hunt joined the squad shortly after his career ended at Bemidji State University. Gordon and Hunt became roommates at the Wolves team hotel and they hit it off. “The boys jokingly call Brad Hunt my son,” Gordon said with a laugh. “I drove him to practice every day. I was cooking meals for him in the hotel.” Hunt tried to protest occasionally and offered to take turns in the kitchen, but Gordon would have none of it. Hunt was still << GET IT GET THE GEAR AT in the midst of wrapping up his final classes at Bemidji State, so CHICAGOWOLVESSTORE.COM Gordon would suggest that Hunt study while he prepared the meals and juices. “I think my favorite meal of his was the salmon,” Hunt said. “And he always had tons of vegetables. He loves his vegetables. It was great. I loved him for that. It brought me really close to him for the six weeks that I was there.” Hunt, who took to calling Gordon “Pops,” sent him a “Happy Father’s Day” text in June. “It was totally natural for him,” Hunt said. “He wasn’t trying to do anything to impress anybody. It was just the type of guy that he is. Just a great person and he wanted to make sure I was as comfortable as can be. He made my time at the end of the season very enjoyable. It was awesome.”

HANGIN’ WITH “SID THE KID” Canada says, ‘You can’t put a 13-year-old on your Midget team.’ So there was this long waiting-out process.” Gordon and Crosby sat in the stands for a month while Hockey Nova Scotia fought off legal action and determined Crosby must wait until he was 14 to play against 17-year-olds. “At that age they felt he wasn’t physically ready, which he totally was,” Gordon said with a laugh. “He would have been the best player in the league as a 12-year-old.” The following year, Crosby and Gordon teamed up to lead Dartmouth to the finals of the 2002 Air Canada Cup – a rarity for a team from Nova Scotia. Crosby, who scored 193 points in 74 games for the year, won the tournament MVP honors. Gordon took home the Most Sportsmanlike Player award. Gordon and Crosby renew their friendship every summer when they train together in Nova Scotia. Crosby doesn’t spend his entire summer there, but brings along famous players when he does. Gordon said Colorado goaltender J.S.

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After Andrew Gordon scored his first National Hockey League goal on Dec. 21, 2010, he found a congratulatory text waiting for him from none other than Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby. Crosby, who trails only Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Mike Bossy on the NHL’s all-time points-per-game list, doesn’t do that for everybody. He and Gordon are boyhood friends who grew up 10 miles apart in Nova Scotia (Gordon in Porters Lake and Crosby the next town west in Cole Harbour). “Sidney is two years younger than I am, but he’d always play two years above everybody,” Gordon said. “He played with all the kids born in ’85, but he was born in ’87. So Sidney played against me and all of the kids my age for all of our time growing up. Then we’d play together on Team Nova Scotia in the summers.” Gordon will always be able to tell people he beat out Crosby for the last spot on a roster – though he’ll always tell the backstory of how he made the 2000-01 Midget AAA Dartmouth Subways ahead of “Sid the Kid.” “I was still Bantam age and he was first-year Pee Wee age,” Gordon said. “It comes down to the last cut – me and him. They tell me, ‘We’re taking Sidney.’ Hockey

said. “It’s good to sort of be part of that circle. Whenever you can play with the best player in the world, you do it. “To be one of the guys he calls up when he needs bodies on the ice is sort of a privilege. I take that as an honor.”

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practice. Sterling already has a solid reputation for activism – he was named the Dan Snyder Man of the Year for the 2009-10 season, an award honoring a player’s commitment to service in the Chicagoland community. “Brett has always been very community-oriented. He has always been tremendous like that,” she said. “The way his character is, he just wants to do more. He had a loose concept of what he wanted to do and we talked about it and brainstormed and ultimately came up with ‘Team Up With 29.’ With the help of social media, Sterling hopes to get the word out about the causes he’s supporting. “I’ve tried to use social media and Twitter to get our fans and

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charity. Sterling can really appreciate the Wolves commitment to the community and sees it as an opportunity to impact the lives of others. “I’ve spent four years of my career in Chicago already, so I saw the charity work being done and going to other organizations, you see it’s not like here,” he said. “Being in the privileged position we are as professional athletes, it’s important to go out there and help others. (Vice President of Operations) Courtney Mahoney and the Wolves have really helped try to make a difference.” Getting the Wolves involved in their community is something Mahoney has focused on expanding, and she’s set a goal of growing and improving the team’s charitable programs every season. “I think community involvement is a huge part of this organization,” she said. “It’s the responsibility of a sports team to do as much as they can for the community that supports them and to give back as much as possible. These are important causes to this organization and that’s why we fund-raise at every game.” When Sterling stepped forward and wanted a program centered around his success on the ice, it was a no-brainer for Mahoney to help him devise a successful idea they’ve been able to put into

really anyone involved with causes in their area,” he said. “I want to show people it’s pretty easy to help out.” While the pressure of knowing his success on the ice directly correlates to charitable donations, Sterling sees his role as an athlete as just the beginning; it’s about what he can do with that status that really matters. “I think hockey players in general try to get out there and help the community,” he said. “Being a part of it as long as I have and being in Chicago, you have great coverage and great fans so you know you can hopefully make a difference. If you can change one person’s life, it’s all worth it in the end.” That’s the same philosophy the Wolves organization tries to keep at the forefront as they expand their charitable outreach every season. “Ultimately, no matter what a fan is sponsoring, whether it’s a dollar a point or three dollars a point, every little bit helps,” Mahoney said. “If we can get one kid off the couch reading a book because he saw (Wolves center) Jordan Schroeder at a Read to Succeed event, that’s great. With this program, whatever little bit Brett can make, it does make a real difference.”

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ROOMIES

BEST ROOMMATES IN HOCKEY JOE MULLEN MAY BE IN THE HOCKEY HALL OF FAME. He may have amassed 1,063 points over the course of a 16-year National Hockey League career. He may have won three Stanley Cups. But perhaps Mullen’s most unheralded achievement was lucking out with the “best roommate in hockey,” his Pittsburgh Penguins teammate (and current Wolves general manager) Wendell Young. “Joe was the second-best roommate ever in hockey because I was first,” Young said, laughing. “We roomed together most of the time we were in Pittsburgh. He had a bunch of young kids at the time so when we got to our room we basically just slept. There was one night we went to our room and slept 14 hours. It was exhausting on the road, so lights went out early.” Like finding the perfect partner to play opposite you on the ice, finding a roommate you actually enjoy long road trips with can be

about when he’d come back from dinner and my dad would already be asleep, glasses on and everything, and it was the exact same scenario talking to Glen Murray (who played for the Penguins in 1996-97). When they were roommates, it was the same situation. My dad passed out on the bed, glasses still on, TV blaring. They’d have to put him to bed early.” Having the next generation of Mullen playing for his team is something Young actually worked to orchestrate, bringing the kid who used to run around the Penguins facility trying on goalie equipment into his fold. “I called Joe when Patrick was a free agent and I told him about what the Canucks and the Wolves were about,” he said. “I wanted him to play here. It’s funny, my wife saw him on video the other day and she just said, “he looks like a grown-up Patrick!” because he was such a young kid when we were in Pittsburgh but he looks exactly the same, just older.” Despite the years that have passed since the two shared hotel rooms around the country, Mullen and Young remain as tight-knit as ever. “Joe was such a nice guy,” he said. “Certain guys in hockey you remember and they become a big part of your life. Being such a great guy and a humble guy, he was great to be around. And

JOE WAS THE SECOND-BEST ROOMMATE EVER IN HOCKEY BECAUSE I WAS FIRST. – WENDELL YOUNG

5Wendell Young, left, and Joe Mullen pose with the Stanley Cup after the Pittsburgh Penguins captured the 1992 National Hockey League title.

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tricky. Fortunately for Young, he and Mullen clicked quickly. “We had a lot in common. We both have kids, we love hockey, that sort of thing,” he said. “There were some things we didn’t have in common, like he was really good at hockey and I wasn’t. We’re both bald. We have the same sense of humor. We just got along really well. He was a great teammate to everyone and that’s what I tried to be. We had a great support system and we were always there for each other.” And like any good roommate, Young took his responsibility in the relationship very seriously. “I had a job every night,” he said. “When Joe fell asleep, I had to try and get his glasses off his face so he didn’t break them during the night. It was a challenge every time. But I didn’t mind because he was great to have around, whether we were talking about family or hockey or whatever else.“ That story sounds familiar to Mullen’s son, Patrick, a defenseman who was signed by the Vancouver Canucks as a free agent this offseason and is now playing with the Wolves. In fact, Young isn’t the only one of his dad’s roommates to have been tasked with that particular job. “I always knew Wendell and my dad had fun together being roommates,” Mullen said. “But Wendell was telling me a story

we’re still friends. I went to a reunion recently and he was the one I was hanging out with. After the function, I was with one player off my team and that was Joe. We might not see each other for a while, but as soon as I see him walking down a hallway, we start laughing. It’s just one of those friendships. It’s heartwarming when I see him.” And the time-honored tradition of having a good roommate has been passed on to Patrick as well, who won’t be replacing his best road mate any time soon. “My buddy Jeff Zatkoff was my roommate in Manchester when we were playing for the Monarchs,” he said. “We switched teams after three years together last season and we told each other we wouldn’t get new roommates, so we’re not cheating on each other.” If he’s anything like his dad, c PLAY HOCKEY 20 years down the line, the relationship will remain. c BE BALD “There’s a lot of fun c LIKE TO SLEEP memories there,” Young said. “Even now, I’ll say to Pat, ‘Say hi c SENSE OF HUMOR to your dad. Remind him I’m the best roommate ever.’” c BE A FAMILY MAN

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WOLVES RECORDS SINGLE-SEASON FRANCHISE RECORDS

ALL-TIME POINTS LEADERS

GOALS: Steve Maltais, 60 (1996-97)

PLAYER Steve Maltais

GP 839

G 454

Rob Brown

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Jason Krog

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Darren Haydar Bob Nardella

PLUS/MINUS: Arturs Kulda, +47 (2009-10)

Brett Sterling

254

143

WINS: Kari Lehtonen, 38 (2004-05)

Steve Larouche

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SHUTOUTS: Wendell Young, 6 (1999-2000)

Chris Marinucci

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99

121

220

77

Steve Martins

262

64

129

193

307

Derek MacKenzie 377

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184

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ASSISTS: Rob Brown, 91 (1995-96) POINTS: Rob Brown, 143 (1995-96) PENALTY MINUTES: Kevin MacDonald, 336 (1994-95)

A 497

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WOLVES PACK FACTS The Wolves have never had a losing season in their 18-year history. Originally a member of the International Hockey League, the Wolves joined the American Hockey League in 2001.

Eddie Lack was the AHL’s All-Rookie goaltender in 2011. He played 46 games for the Wolves in 2011-12, finishing with a record of 21-20-3.

On Dec. 11, 2011, right wing Darren Haydar became the 22nd player in AHL history to record 700 career points. The game was a 4-2 Wolves victory over the Milwaukee Admirals.

Nolan Baumgartner, last year’s team captain, is now an assistant coach on the Wolves staff. Baumgartner had 22 points in 60 games in 2011-12.

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HOCKEY 101: PENALTIES

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1. BOARDING

3. CROSS-CHECKING

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Called for any action which causes opponent to be thrown violently into the boards.

Called for hitting opponent with both hands on the stick and no part of the stick on the ice.

Called when using the elbow to impede an opponent.

2. CHARGING

4. DELAYED PENALTY

6. HIGH-STICKING

Called for taking three or more strides before checking opponent.

Call is made when the penalized team gains control of the puck or upon a stop in play.

Called for making contact with an opponent when carrying the stick above the shoulder.

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9. ICING

11. MISCONDUCT

Called for using the hands, arms or legs to hold an opponent.

Called when a player on his teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side of the red center line shoots the puck down the ice and it crosses the red goal line at any point (other than the goal), and is first touched by an opposing player other than the goalie.

Called for an infraction that warrants a more serious penalty than a standard minor or major penalty.

10. INTERFERENCE

Called for engaging in fisticuffs or shoving of a level that is not worthy of a major penalty.

8. HOOKING Called for using stick or blade to hook opponent.

12. ROUGHING

Called for having contact with an opponent not in possession of the puck.

13. SLASHING Called for swinging the stick at an opponent.

14. SPEARING Called for using the stick like a spear.

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15. TRIPPING Called for using the stick, arm or leg to cause an opponent to trip or fall.

16. UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT Called for the abuse of an official or other such misconduct.

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Icing is when a player on his team’s side of the red center line shoots the puck all the way down the ice and it crosses the red goal line at any point (other than the goal). Icing is not permitted when teams are at equal strength or on the power play. When this occurs, play is stopped and the puck is returned to the other end of the ice for a faceoff in the offending team’s zone. Icing the puck is not called: > If the goalie leaves the crease to play the puck, even if he does not touch the puck. > If an official rules an opposing player could have played the puck before it crossed the red goal line. > An official may wave off the icing call if he deems it was an attempted pass.

SHOT ON GOAL A shot on goal is a shot that would enter the goal if it is not stopped by the goaltender. A shot on goal must result in either a goal or a save.

PENALTIES Penalties are classified into three categories: minor, major and misconduct. For a minor penalty, players are required to serve two minutes in the penalty box while their team plays short-handed. A minor penalty will expire if the opposing team scores while on the power play. Major penalties require a player to serve five minutes in the penalty box and only expire at the end of that time. Misconduct penalties vary in length.

A team is on the power play when one team has more players on the ice than the other team because a player is serving a penalty. Conversely, the team with fewer players is on the penalty kill.

OFFSIDES A team is offside when any member of the attacking team precedes the puck over the defending team’s blueline. The position of the player’s skate — and not that of his stick — is the determining factor. If both skates are over the blueline before the puck, the player is offside. If he has only one skate over the blueline and one on it, he is onside.

OVERTIME Any regular-season game that ends regulation play with a tie score will go into a five-minute sudden-death overtime period. If at the end of that overtime period the game remains tied, the game will then go into a shootout. During the playoffs, there will not be a shootout and overtime periods will be 20 minutes in length.

SHOOTOUT Any regular-season game that ends overtime play with a tie score will go into a shootout. A shootout is a series of penalty shots in which each team is allowed five attempts to score in alternating fashion. If after five attempts the teams remain tied, the shootout will continue to alternate shots until one team fails to match the attempt of the other. The winner of the shootout will be awarded one goal.

WOLVES FACTS AVERAGES & RATINGS (2011-12) AVG. GOALS PER GAME

2.80

AVG. GOALS AGAINST PER GAME

2.54

POWER PLAY GOALS SCORED

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15.4%

PENALTY KILL RATING

84.2%

OVERTIME GAMES PLAYED

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LEADING AFTER THE SECOND PERIOD

Last season the Wolves won 89 percent of games in which they were leading after two periods.

PENALTY KILL

Last season the Wolves won 58 percent of games in which they did not allow the opposing team to score a powerplay goal.

POWER PLAY

Last season the Wolves won 66.7 percent of games in which they scored at least one power-play goal and 64 percent of games when they scored two or more.

SCORING FIRST

Last season the Wolves won 72 percent of games in which they scored the first goal.

SHOTS ON GOAL

Last season, the Wolves outshot their opponents in 48 of their 76 regularseason games, and won 28 of those games (28-14-4-2).

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BEHIND THE INK TATTOOS ARE A LOT OF THINGS – symbols, memorials, art. But as Wolves defenseman Kevin Connauton found out, something they also can be is hard on a mother. “My mom hates tattoos,” he said. “She doesn’t like them at all. So she was pretty upset when she first saw mine.” Granted Connauton just has one piece of ink, but the work on his left shoulder matches that on the shoulder of his older brother Sean, compounding Mom’s displeasure. But, “she’s okay now,” Connauton said, and the meaningful familyoriented tat holds special significance to the brothers. “I always wanted to get one. But to me there should be some meaning behind it so you can’t just rush into it,” he said. “A tattoo should be important to you and you should put a lot of thought into it.” Their shared artwork, which includes their last name and “Brothers Forever” in Gaelic, was a true team effort. “My brother and I are really close and we wanted to do something together. We brainstormed together for a long time and finally got it how we wanted it,” he said. “We figured out where we wanted to put it, messed around with the design until we got one that would fit, and then we decided how to do the wording, which we really wanted to connect to our families. It only took about 90 minutes to get the work done.”

I ALWAYS WANTED TO GET ONE. BUT TO ME THERE SHOULD BE SOME MEANING BEHIND IT SO YOU CAN’T JUST RUSH INTO IT, Connauton is certainly not the only guy on the Wolves roster sporting ink and, during his years with other teams, he’s seen a fair share of tattoos in every locker room; ones that come with their own unique stories. “I’ve known a lot of guys over the course of my career and I’ve seen a lot of them with different designs and different reasons behind them,” he said. “Sometimes it’s a certain meaning, or a variety of them, but it’s cool to hear some of the stories guys will tell about why they got them. Sometimes the stories are pretty funny and the guy might regret them. There’s quite a bit of ink around hockey.” While Connauton stresses how personal tattoos are to him, and how they should convey meaning, one thing he might not be willing to commemorate with permanent ink is a hockey championship, should the situation arise. “I’m not sure I’d get a championship tattoo. You already get that big ring,” he said. “I’m all about team camaraderie, but that’s staying on your body forever. That’s not always for everyone.”

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