THE OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF THE CHICAGO WOLVES
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IN THIS ISSUE
THE CATCH Jake Allen has seen highs and lows on his way to hockey stardom, but heâ€™s finally arrived and not about to change a thing.
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LEAGUE WELCOME WOLVES HISTORY OWNERSHIP HOCKEY OPERATIONS BEHIND THE BENCH MAP THE LEAGUE
Seth Gold Irwin Jann Mike Gordon Wayne Messmer Dana Wildman
Courtney Mahoney Bryan Campion Dan Harris John Sherlock Becky Jarosch
HOCKEY OPERATIONS Norine Gillner Mike Nardella
PARTNERSHIPS Jon Sata Greg Sprott Kendele Carney Kristen Keane Mark Iralson Mike Short Dan Zarzynski
Director Director President Senior Executive Vice President Executive Assistant Senior Vice President of Operations Director of Operations Operations Manager Game Operations Coordinator Community Relations Coordinator Hockey Operations Assistant Hockey Operations Vice President of Partnerships Manager of Partnerships Partnerships Client Services Manager Partnerships Client Services Coord. Partnerships Sales Executive Partnerships Sales Executive Partnerships Sales Executive
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MEET THE WOLVES FAST FOUR HANSON GOES HAND-IN-HAND WITH HOCKEY THE UNEXPECTED RECORD BREAKERS
TICKET SALES & SERVICES Kevin Dooley Eric Zavilla Dave Pawelek Jackie Schroeder Stefanie Starck Aaron Holz Rob Newburg Steve Winner Mike Elliott John Golz Janel James Matt Agase Jenna DiDiana Anthony Krzyzak Cori Giblichman Kevin Nathan Ricky Campione Mike Czopek Pawel Sienko Emily Durfey
Senior Executive Dir. of Ticket Sales Exec. Dir. of Ticket Sales & Services Senior Director of Strategic Alliances Director of Ticket Sales & Services Director of Program Development Ticket Sales & Services Coordinator Youth Hockey Coordinator E-Business Specialist Manager of Inside Sales Senior Account Executive Senior Account Executive Account Executive Account Executive Account Executive Account Representative Account Representative Inside Sales Representative Inside Sales Representative Inside Sales Representative Ticket Services Intern
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COMMUNICATIONS Lindsey Willhite Justin Skelnik Elise Butler
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Ron Storto Sarah Draheim Stephen Fabro Cameron Gibson
TV BROADCAST Jason Shaver Bill Gardner
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Director of Public Relations Asst. Director of Media Relations Communications Intern Digital Content Manager Digital Media Coordinator Graphic Designer Junior Graphic Designer Creative Services Assistant Team Photographer Executive TV Producer TV Production Manager TV Producer TV Intern Play-by-Play Announcer Color Analyst
HOCKEY 101 AN ORAL HISTORY BY THE NUMBERS GAME TIME AUTOGRAPH PHOTO
Dr. Scott Logue, MD Dr. Rob Dugan, MD Dr. Jack Morgan, MD Dr. Alan Acierno, DDS Jim Buskirk, PT Jolie Holschen, MD
GAME-DAY STAFF Gordon Scott Jason Svejda
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FOUR-TIME CHAMPIONS THE CHICAGO WOLVES FRANCHISE IS DEFINED BY EXCELLENCE. During an 11-year span from 1997-2008, the Wolves reached the league Finals six times and came away with the championship trophy four times. In 1998 and 2000, the Wolves skated away with the International Hockey League’s Turner Cup. In 2002 and 2008, the team hoisted the American Hockey League’s big prize, the Calder Cup. Regardless of which league they’ve played, the Wolves organization has become synonymous with winning. It’s a tradition they carry into their 20th season of competition. Here, we look back at the four most momentous days in Wolves history, all of which have added to the franchise’s illustrious fabric.
JUNE 15, 1998 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 sevengame 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.
JUNE 5, 2000
JUNE 3, 2002
JUNE 10, 2008
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 goals-against average (1.35) and save percentage (.950).
The Wolves clinched their third championship in five years when center Yuri Butsayev scored 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 league-high 105 games, including an all-time American Hockey Leaguehigh 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, who notched three assists in the victory, led the league during the postseason with a then-franchise record 33 points and tied an AHL and team record with 26 assists.
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 Wilkes-Barre/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.
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WO LV ES H I STO RY
BEHIND THE LENS FOR 19 SEASONS, CHICAGO WOLVES PHOTOGRAPHER ROSS DETTMAN has been dedicated to chronicling the team’s improbable goals, wild celebrations and memorable fights. Just like a favorite player, certain photos and events stand out among the rest. Here, he shares the images that stick with him season after season.
STEVE MALTAIS – TURNER CUP (GRAND RAPIDS, 2000) The dressing room in Grand Rapids is tiny, and I was looking for pictures after they won. He looks like a raccoon because his eyes are all busted up. He’s missing teeth, got a big scar, big black eyes, and yet he’s just smiling. For him to have this completely jacked-up face and be relishing the moment it told the story of what hockey players are willing to do to win the championship. If he was a tough guy, it goes with the territory. He wasn’t. But in that series, he had to be. He dealt with a lot of physical adversity. But he was just hanging out with the cigar like, “It’s all good, I have the Turner Cup.”
DANIEL LACROIX – ROCKWELL RARE LOOK (1999-2000) This was my attempt at a triple portrait, which is something artist Norman Rockwell made famous. I wanted to see something about the player that shows them beyond just being a hockey player. When we found out Lacroix was an artist, we thought it would be cool to highlight that and capture the essence of who he is
JORDAN SCHROEDER BREAKAWAY SPREAD (2011-12)
as a painter; he was an interesting athlete in that sense. We built the
This wasn’t just about a photo, but all the photos. It was a defining moment for
set in the Allstate Arena to produce
me as we tried to go in a different direction visually. Really the spread harkens
this photograph. The guy, the mirror,
back to things I had done years ago where you’re showing sports as science
the painting; everything had to be
and creating a pseudo-analysis of the game. Schroeder was a beautiful skater
set just so. Nothing here was done
and that’s how he makes up for his small frame. The photos created the whole
in post-production so it all had to be
article around it.
captured on film.
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DONALD R. LEVIN (luh-VIN) founded DRL Enterprises, Inc., in 1969. The
DON LEVIN CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD / GOVERNOR
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 founded the Chicago Wolves with William Buddy Meyers and Grant Mulvey in January 1994 and has served as the team’s chairman of the board throughout. 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 has found homes for 1,080 dogs in its first 13 seasons. Ten years 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 16 seasons. Levin was 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 19992000 season, which concluded with the franchise’s second of four championships. Before beginning his business career, ”I GET TO THE ARENA ABOUT TWO Levin served in the United States HOURS BEFORE THE GAME. I CHECK IN TO SEE Marine Corps, from which he was WHAT’S GOING ON, FIND OUT IF THERE ARE honorably discharged. ANY ISSUES, IF ANYBODY’S HURT. I TRY TO Levin and his wife, Kathleen Ann, UNDERSTAND WHAT THE GAME PLAN IS; GET A have a son, Robert, and they live in QUICK CRITIQUE OF WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN the northern suburbs. FROM WENDELL OR THE COACH. I’VE BEEN
STANDING IN THE SAME PLACE DURING GAMES
WHAT IS YOUR GAME-DAY ROUTINE?
FOR 18 YEARS.”
WILLIAM BUDDY MEYERS, a principal owner of the Wolves who founded
WILLIAM BUDDY MEYERS VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD B R E A K A W AY M A G A Z I N E
the team with Don Levin and Grant Mulvey in January 1994, 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 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 “OVER THE YEARS OF WOLVES Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and holds a juris GAMES, MY ROUTINE HAS CHANGED doctor degree from the Illinois Institute of SOMEWHAT. IN THE BEGINNING, I USED Technology/Chicago Kent. He and Jill live in TO EXERCISE BEFORE THE GAMES BUT the River North area of Chicago and have five NOW IT’S JUST FAMILIARIZING MYSELF children between them: Justin, Lindsey, Zak, WITH THE LINEUPS AND WATCH SOME Brad, and Leslie. OF THE WARMUPS.”
WENDELL YOUNG GENERAL MANAGER
WENDELL YOUNG enters his fifth season at the helm of the Wolves hockey operations department. The team has compiled a .590 winning percentage (167-111-15-19) during his tenure as general manager, which includes capturing the regular-season West Division title in 2009-10 and the regular-season Midwest Division title in 2011-12. The 50-year-old is the Wolves’ all-time leader among goaltenders in games played (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 the first number retired by the Wolves on Dec. 1, 2001. The Halifax, Nova Scotia, native, who was inducted into the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame in 2007, is the only man in hockey history to have won all four North American championships: the Stanley Cup, Turner Cup, Calder Cup and Memorial Cup. He captured the Stanley Cup in 1991 and 1992 as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins, the 1988 Calder Cup with the Hershey Bears, the 1982 Memorial Cup with the Kitchener Rangers and the 1998 and 2000 Turner Cups with the Wolves. He also was behind the bench as a coach for the Wolves 2008 Calder Cup victory. 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 2001-2003.
BILL BENTLEY enters his fifth season as assistant general manager and 20th 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 17 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, before assuming the assistant general manager role in August 2009. A graduate of Quincy College, Bentley served as the Director of Media Relations for the Chicago Cheetahs of the now defunct Roller Hockey International during the 1993-94 season.
BILL BENTLEY ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER
GENE UBRIACO DIRECTOR OF HOCKEY OPERATIONS
GENE UBRIACO returns for his 17th term as the Wolves director of hockey operations and fifth as senior advisor following a 10-year professional playing career and 26 seasons as a professional coach. Ubriaco has been with the Wolves since the 1994-95 inaugural season when he was the team’s first head coach. That year, he guided the Wolves to a 34-33-14 record and a berth in the Turner Cup Playoffs. He compiled a 61-61-20 head coaching record with the Wolves during a three-year span, including a two-game interim stint during the 1996-97 season. Ubriaco began his coaching career at Lake Superior State University in 1972-73. Four years later, he led the Milwaukee Admirals to the Turner Cup Playoffs, becoming the first International Hockey League coach to lead an expansion team into the postseason. In 1988-89, Ubriaco moved on to the National Hockey League to coach the Pittsburgh Penguins. Under his tutelage, the Penguins shattered several team records that season and advanced to the Stanley Cup Playoffs after a seven-year absence. The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, native recorded 162 goals, 258 assists and 420 points in 456 AHL games spanning nine seasons, which includes a career-high 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).
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JOHN ANDERSON HEAD COACH
DAVE ALLISON ASSISTANT COACH
SCOTT ALLEN ASSISTANT COACH
JOHN ANDERSON enters his 12th season as Wolves head coach after being re-hired to the position on July 16, 2013. Anderson returns to the Wolves with four years of National Hockey League experience, which includes two years as head coach of the Atlanta Thrashers from 2008-10. He served most recently as an assistant coach with the Phoenix Coyotes from 2011-13. The 56-year-old Anderson guided the Wolves to four championships during his first tenure with the Wolves: the Calder Cup in 2002 and 2008 and the Turner Cup in 1998 and 2000. He is the team’s all-time leader in wins (506) and postseason victories (105). Prior to joining the Wolves, Anderson captured the Colonial Cup as head coach of the Quad City Mallards of the Colonial Hockey League. He began his coaching career with the Winston-Salem Mammoths in 1995-96, leading them to the Southern Hockey League Finals and a 30-23-1 regular-season record. Toronto’s first pick (11th overall) in the 1977 amateur draft, Anderson played 12 seasons in the National Hockey League with the Maple Leafs (1977-85), Quebec Nordiques (1985-86), and Hartford Whalers (1986-89). The Toronto native registered five 30-goal campaigns in the NHL, including four straight from 1981-85. Anderson’s most productive offensive season came in 1982-83, when he paced Toronto with 80 points (31G, 49A) in 80 games. Anderson ranks 14th in Maple Leafs history with 189 goals and 20th with 393 points. Overall, he amassed 282 goals and 631 points in 814 career NHL games, along with 9 goals and 27 points in 37 career Stanley Cup Playoff contests. DAVE ALLISON enters his first season with the Wolves after being named assistant coach on July 16, 2013. He brings 18 years of professional coaching experience to Chicago. Allison served most recently as head coach of the American Hockey League’s Peoria Rivermen, where he led the team to a 33-35-5-3 record in 2012-13. Prior to joining the Rivermen, the 54-year-old Allison spent time as a scout with the Pittsburgh Penguins and worked as a part of the player development team with the Colorado Avalanche. Allison has accumulated a 232-214-25-28 mark during his seven seasons and 499 games as an AHL head coach with Peoria (2012-13), Iowa (2005-08), Milwaukee (200102), and Prince Edward Island (1994-96). The Fort Francis, Ontario, native also had a 25-game stint as the interim head coach of the NHL’s Ottawa Senators during the 1995-96 season. Allison enjoyed a 10-year professional career as a defenseman in the AHL, IHL, and NHL. He amassed 119 assists, 144 points, and 1,473 penalty minutes in 452 career AHL games with Nova Scotia, Sherbrooke, Newmarket, and Halifax spanning eight seasons from 1979 to 1985 and 1987-89. He skated in three NHL games with Montreal during the 1983-84 campaign.
SCOTT ALLEN enters his first season with the Wolves after being named assistant coach on July 16, 2013. He brings 17 years of professional coaching experience to Chicago. Allen served most recently as Dave Allison’s assistant with the Peoria Rivermen during the 2012-13 campaign. Prior to joining Peoria, he spent three seasons in the National Hockey League as an assistant coach with the New York Islanders. The 47-year-old Allen entered the coaching ranks as an assistant coach with the ECHL’s Johnstown Chiefs in 1996 and was promoted to head coach of the franchise halfway through the 1997-98 season. He would serve as the Chiefs head coach for four more years before moving to the American Hockey League in 2002. Allen spent two seasons with the San Antonio Rampage (2002-04), where he split time as an assistant coach and then a head coach. He then served as an assistant coach in Lowell, Omaha, and Quad City from 2004-09. The New Bedford, Mass., native spent 10 years as a player in professional hockey as the former center competed in the All American Hockey League, Atlantic Coast Hockey League, Colonial Hockey League, Central Hockey League and the ECHL.
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MAP THE LEAGUE
MIDWEST DIVISION Chicago . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . St. Louis Grand Rapids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Detroit Iowa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Minnesota Milwaukee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nashville Rockford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chicago
ATLANTIC DIVISION Manchester . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Los Angeles Portland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Phoenix Providence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Boston St. Johnâ€™s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Winnipeg Worcester . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . San Jose
NORTH DIVISION Hamilton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Montreal Lake Erie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Colorado Rochester . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Buffalo Toronto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Toronto Utica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vancouver
NORTHEAST DIVISION Adirondack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Philadelphia Albany . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . New Jersey Bridgeport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NY Islanders Hartford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NY Rangers Springfield. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Columbus
WEST DIVISION Abbotsford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Calgary Charlotte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Carolina Oklahoma City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Edmonton San Antonio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Florida Texas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dallas
EAST DIVISION Binghamton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ottawa Hershey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Washington Norfolk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anaheim Syracuse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tampa Bay W-B/Scranton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pittsburgh
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MEET THE WO LV ES
JAKE ALLEN, #35
G | H 6-2 | W 203 Aug. 7, 1990 Fredericton, New Brunswick @34jallen
SERGEY ANDRONOV, #17 LW | H 6-2 | W 208 July 19, 1989 Moscow, Russia @andronovsa
ALEXANDRE BOLDUC, #49 PAT CANNONE, #12 C | H 6-1 | W 199 June 26, 1985 Montreal, Quebec @ADuke49
C | H 5-11 | W 193 Aug. 9, 1986 Bayport, New York @PistolPat20
JOEL EDMUNDSON, #3
CADE FAIRCHILD, #2
D | H 6-4 | W 210 June 28, 1993 Brandon, Manitoba @JEdmundson7
D | H 5-10 | W 178 Jan. 15, 1989 Duluth, Minnesota @Caderade0
KEITH AUCOIN, #29
CODY BEACH, #20
JORDAN BINNINGTON, #30
RW | H 6-5 | W 195 Aug. 8, 1992 Kelowna, British Columbia @CodyBeach16
G | H 6-1 | W 169 July 11, 1993 Richmond Hill, Ontario
MATT CLIMIE, #33 G | H 6-4 | W 215 Feb. 11, 1983 Leduc, Alberta
MICHAEL DAVIES, #13
D | H 6-0 | W 201 April 27, 1987 Thunder Bay, Ontario
JANI HAKANPAA, #6
CHRISTIAN HANSON, #32
SHANE HARPER, #9
C | H 5-8 | W 167 Nov. 6, 1978 Waltham, Massachusetts @coiner11
D | H 6-6 | W 227 March 31, 1992 Kirkkonummi, Finland @JHakanpaa
C | H 6-4 | W 216 March 10, 1986 Glens Falls, New York @Hanson20er
RW | H 5-9 | W 175 Dec. 10, 1986 Chesterfield, Missouri @MikeGDavies
RW | H 5-10 | W 194 Feb. 1, 1989 Valencia, California @Cali_Sharp C H I C A G O W O LV E S
M E E T T H E WO LV ES
DMITRIJ JASKIN, #22
ERIC KATTELUS, #17
COREY LOCKE, #84
NATHAN LONGPRE, #26
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things had gone a little differently for Jake Allen, he might be spending his days challenging the likes of Rory McIlroy for championship titles. But like many a Canadian teen before him, the St. Louis Blues’ top goalie prospect couldn’t resist the pull of the ice over the tee box.
“I used to be a scratch golfer. I’m not anymore, though,” he said. “I do love to golf. When I was in my prime I was 15 or 16 and it has really dropped off since then. I started golf at the same age as hockey. It was right around when I was 6 or 7 and I started playing in tournaments when I was 11 and carried on with that until I was about 16. That’s when hockey took over.” Now Allen, 23, is on the verge of taking over hockey. The 2008 second-round draft choice of the Blues is coming off his first extended time in the National Hockey League last season, when he suited up for St. Louis in 15 games and posted a 9-4 record with a 2.46 goals-against average. Many thought the strong showing, coupled with a good training camp in September, meant Allen would remain in St. Louis. But with veterans Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak ahead of him on the depth chart, Allen was assigned to the Wolves. “I just went into St. Louis’ camp planning to do my best,” he said. “I knew the situation and how they had Brian and Jaro still there and I just wanted to give them a run for their money. I felt I did that but the team made the decision to send me to Chicago and I can’t control that, but my attitude doesn’t change. It’s still hockey. Every game is a new chance to get better. I think so far I’ve done that and hopefully at some point I’ll get another chance at the NHL.” For now, though, Allen is still taking in his new surroundings. He spent three seasons (2010-13) playing for the now-defunct Peoria Rivermen and relished the chance to spend his downtime outdoors, which, other than an ice
rink, is where he’d always rather be. Chicago, by contrast, has a decidedly quicker pace than he’s used to. “I’m pretty outdoorsy. I love being outside because I can’t really sit still,” he said. “I have never owned a video game in my life. I don’t like that stuff. When I can get outside fishing and be doing something like that, I always take that opportunity. I try to make the most of the days. It’s different for me in Chicago because it’s such a big city. In Peoria I’d go fishing or hunting, but here I hang out with the boys a bit more. Most of us haven’t really had much of a chance to see Chicago and now we’re getting settled into the season a bit, so we’ll see how that goes.” Allen’s affection for the great wide open was nurtured from an early age. The oldest of three kids, the Fredericton, New Brunswick native speaks fondly of the days when he didn’t have to go far to find his next adventure, even if he’s had to shelve some of his riskier pastimes for the time being. “Being away from home, I definitely miss being around friends and family,” he said. “It’s pretty laid-back where I’m from. It’s a nice little city, nothing crazy. In the winters I used to be able to snowmobile all the time and do that kind of stuff, but I probably won’t be able to do that again until my career is done. I miss it a lot. But someday I can do it again.” While a few things about Allen have certainly changed since he left home, one that hasn’t is his propensity to be in perpetual motion. Excelling in baseball as well as golf and hockey growing up, that natural athletic ability ended up paying off in a big way. Dave Alexander, Allen’s earliest goalie coach (and one of his biggest influences), recalls meeting a much different player almost a decade ago, one who claims he got “stuck” being a goalie because no one else wanted to.
“I’m pretty outdoorsy. I love being outside because I can’t really sit still. [...] When I can get outside fishing and be doing something like that, I always take that opportunity.”
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“When we started working together I think he was 14. We met just as a part of the coaching process,” Alexander said. “I was coaching midget at the time and he was up-and-coming into midget. He was a very gifted athlete but very tiny for his age, to the point we weren’t sure we were going to take him. But we did and through midget he just sprouted and grew quite quickly. That made him an immediate prospect. Because he was such a good athlete before, he wasn’t cumbersome through the growth spurt. He handled his body well for his young age.” At 17, Allen was offered a spot on Canada’s U-18 team as they prepared for the 2008 Championships in Kazan, Russia. Still small for his age, Allen went to the tournament expecting to get little – if any – playing time. Fortune had another plan for him, though, and by the time he had backstopped Canada all the way to a resounding 8-0 victory in the gold medal game against Russia, Allen had earned tournament MVP honors and became a darling of the hockey world. “I wasn’t much of a prospect going into that U-18 season,” he said. “I was small but I was still growing, so they gave me a chance to go and I didn’t think I’d actually get to play and then I did. I was getting better every game in that tournament and it really opened a lot of scouts’ eyes, I think. I might have gotten drafted if it weren’t for that tournament, but it really changed my career. We won the gold medal, and I really don’t think I’d be sitting here if it weren’t for that tournament, especially in the position I am able to be in now. That changed everything.”
“I think the thing that made the U-18 tournament so good for him was his mental makeup,” Alexander said. “He’s a guy who physically is pretty intense but between the ears he’s pretty calm. Most people have a mind-body connection that’s the same but he has intensity about his body but can mentally keep things calm and slow and that was part of his success. He was thrown in the fire and handled it well.” Just two months later Allen skipped his high school graduation to sit with friends and family at the NHL’s draft in Ottawa where he was touted to go as high as the first round. It was an amazing – and amazingly quick – turnaround for the young netminder, but like most everything else, he took the pressure in stride. Even when he slipped out of the first round. “I had a couple meetings the day of the first round and I thought potentially there was a chance I’d go end of that round,” he said. “I didn’t have any expectations at all, I just hoped I’d get drafted. I was there with my buddies and family. I didn’t go in the first round, so I came back the next morning and I didn’t know if I would go in the second round or the fifth. Luckily I only had to wait four picks into the second round. I wasn’t even paying attention when I got drafted because I hadn’t talked to St. Louis at all and they weren’t really on my radar. I was turned around talking to my dad and then I heard I got picked. It really couldn’t have come at a better spot.” The major highs Allen encountered early gave way to the first serious adversity he faced in his young career, at the 2010 World Junior Championship. Allen was named starting goaltender for the heavily favored Canadian squad and led them all the way to the gold medal game against the USA. But Martin Jones replaced a struggling Allen in the third period after he allowed a goal to put the U.S. up 5-3. Canada rallied to force overtime but were defeated in the extra frame, missing out on a record-breaking sixth consecutive gold. Even now, his performance haunts Allen. But in the grand scheme of his career, he can see the silver linings. “It was a good experience. I think it made me a better goalie,” he said. “It sucks that we lost and I still regret it to this day, but
“He’s really just the ultimate professional. You can tell what he wants in life, and that’s to be an NHL goaltender. And he’s there. He’s literally been our best player. He’s a professional on and off the ice, good teammate, and good guy around the room.” – Wendell Young, Chicago Wolves General Manager
I think it made me learn a lot. It took me a lot of time to bounce back from it, but I needed to learn the ups and downs that come with being in this position. In Canada, the World Juniors is the biggest thing in the world at Christmastime and it’s a lot of pressure, but ultimately it helped me down the road. I’ve been watching that tournament since I was 7 years old, so you know what’s at stake. I think what happened with me is I put too much pressure on myself. You got there by playing your game and you just have to try not to change. You just have to try and be you and do what you do. I think if I had done that, it would have been a different outcome.” Despite the tournament’s disappointments, Allen charged back with his junior team, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Drummondville Voltigeurs, winning 18 of his 21 starts in the remainder of the regular season and going 183 minutes, 47 seconds without allowing a goal, the league’s second-longest streak at the time. That was enough to earn him the Jacques Plante Trophy awarded to the top goalie in the QMJHL. But such accolades are of little interest to Allen. The same went for earning a spot on the NHL’s 2012-13 all-rookie team. “It’s nice to be recognized after the season, but you’re never looking to win one award. You’re looking to win the championship,” he said. “If those awards fall in your lap along the way, great. In juniors I was lucky enough to win a few awards and last year in the NHL, I never even thought about being on the all-rookie team and then I just got the phone call. It’s great and it’s great to look back on and it’s nice to have, but it’s not what I’m striving for.” Working for awards may not appeal to Allen, but he is doggedly pursuing another skill (despite hockey season’s demanding schedule) to add to his already impressive resume.
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“I’m actually learning to play guitar in my downtime now,” he said. “I’m a big country music fan. In Peoria last year before I went to St. Louis, I started taking some lessons so I think I’m going to find someone around here and hopefully pick it up. I’ve always wanted to play.” So while some might be satisfied with where they are, Allen never stops looking for the next new thing, the next way he can make himself better. It’s that attitude and never-ending drive to be the best he can be that has brought Allen so far so quickly, says Wolves general manager Wendell Young. And it’s what will keep him at the next level when he eventually takes hold of a permanent spot. “He’s really just the ultimate professional. You can tell what he wants in life, and that’s to be an NHL goaltender,” Young said. “And he’s there. He’s literally been our best player. He’s a professional on and off the ice, good teammate, and good guy around the room. Even after his big games, he’s even-keeled and wants to get better. He’s still trying to figure out how he’s going to get better after he plays a great game. He’s never satisfied. He enjoys the game and enjoys being a goalie and playing hockey more than anything else. It’s not about the prestige for him, but just being the very best he can be.” With that in mind, Allen has lofty goals for his future within the game he loves but, true to form, he plans to take it all in stride and enjoy every opportunity as it comes. “I’d like to win a Stanley Cup. I’d like to make a solid career for myself and be a legitimate No. 1 goaltender in the NHL,” he said. “I think in my mind I have the potential to do that and I’d like to see it through. In a picture-perfect world I’d like to have a Vezina Trophy one day too. “But you know, those things are just on the skyline and if you get them, great, but if not, it’s OK. Hopefully down the road I’ll have some type of family going and a solid career going. Ultimately I just want to be a good teammate and a good person.”
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SOME KIDS MIGHT LAMENT THE THINGS THEIR PARENTS DID BEFORE THEY WERE PARENTS. THEY MIGHT ROLL THEIR EYES AND FEIGN EMBARRASSMENT WHEN THEIR PARENTS’ PAST ACCOMPLISHMENTS ARE BROUGHT UP, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT HAPPENS OVER AND OVER AGAIN. Christian Hanson, son of Slap Shot star Dave Hanson, is not one of those people. He’s quite the opposite. “It’s awesome. I love it,” he said of the film. “Absolutely. I think it’s great. I didn’t see the movie until I was 11 or 12. When I was growing up my parents didn’t keep the movie around the house. My dad was just my dad and so it was just something that was never discussed until later on.” The Chicago Wolves center, 27, was years away from being born when the classic hockey film was released in 1977 and made the Hanson name synonymous with hockey. So it stands to reason that young Christian wasn’t really aware of his father’s fame until he started playing travel hockey and his moniker immediately garnered a spotlight. Not that it didn’t have its perks. “We’d be on the road or on bus trips and people would see my name and make the connection,” he said. “The name Hanson goes hand-in-hand with the sport of hockey now. It was right around that time that my dad started doing appearances again with the Hanson Brothers. So my first experience with it was when I was probably about 11 or 12 years old and he went out to Los Angeles to do a charity event for the firefighters out there, who were fighting some really bad fires, and he let me tag along. I was just starting to really get into hockey and that’s when (Wayne) Gretzky was out there (playing for the LA Kings). I was sitting in the locker room out there with Gretzky and Martin Brodeur was there, Pavel Bure was there. They were guys I idolized, who I was watching on TV and looked up to so much, and I’m asking them for their autographs, and they look up and realize I’m standing next to my dad and they were like, ‘Holy cow!’ and they were asking my dad for pictures and my dad for autographs so that’s when I started to kind of be like, ‘What the heck is going on?’” Even then, Hanson wasn’t fully prepared for the reaction he (and his father) would get wherever they went – even outside the country. “I didn’t get a full grasp on the whole scope of the film until I moved away from home,” he said. “I moved out to Nebraska in high school and people really recognized my name and would tell me how they liked the movie. I went to Europe to play in a few tournaments and my dad would come out to watch and I’d look over into the stands and Team Germany would be swarming him. That’s when I really started to grasp it. I love it, though. I think the movie is hilarious.” While the film has raised Hanson’s profile somewhat around the hockey world, it’s the money his dad and the other Hanson
Brothers (Steve and Jeff Carlson) have been able to raise that means the most to him. “The best part about Slap Shot is that here it is 2013, and that movie was made in 1977, and the Hanson Brothers are still touring. They get 200 requests a year to do appearances and all the ones they do are for charity and they’ve been doing appearances for 20 years and raised millions of dollars for charity. So it’s something he was able to do back in the 1970s and really enjoy and he’s still able to do it today. And he doesn’t just benefit from it, charities all over the world benefit from it too.”
“WE’D BE ON THE ROAD OR ON BUS TRIPS AND PEOPLE WOULD SEE MY NAME AND MAKE THE CONNECTION.” – CHRISTIAN HANSON Christian Hanson and his dad, Dave, photo courtesy Christian Hanson
Plus, like any good hockeyphile, Hanson appreciates how accurately the film represents the sport at that point in time, something he thinks most fans don’t truly appreciate. Dave started his own professional hockey career in the minors, with the Southern Hockey League’s Hamilton Gulls, eventually spending most of the 1970s and early 80s bouncing between several minor-league squads and the National Hockey League’s Detroit Red Wings and Minnesota North Stars. If anyone was qualified to depict hockey in that era, it was Hanson. “It really does show what hockey was like in the ‘70s. My dad will sit down and tell me stories about what went on back then and I don’t think people really understand how that movie is more fact than fiction,” Hanson said. “A lot of that stuff happened – getting into fights in the stands, going to jail, getting in fights in warmups. I think it’s great. It’s very politically incorrect at the same time, but it’s fantastic. “People say, ‘Isn’t it a burden?’ but it’s not. It’s a great movie and something I should be proud of, my dad should be proud of, my family should be proud of. It’s just fun.” C H I C A G O W O LV E S
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AN EPILEPSY DIAGNOSIS WASN’T SOMETHING MATTHEW YOUNG, SON OF CHICAGO WOLVES GENERAL MANAGER WENDELL YOUNG, EVER EXPECTED, BUT HE, AND HIS FAMILY, ARE EMBRACING THE CHALLENGES IT PRESENTS AND LEARNING TO COPE WITH HIS NEW REALITY. What was supposed to be a relaxing family vacation this summer suddenly became life-changing for Matthew Young when the affable 22-year-old suffered a terrifying grand mal seizure while eating lunch outside with his dad, his mom, Paula, his sister, Gabrielle, and his brother, Jack, while in Halifax, Nova Scotia. After being rushed to the hospital by ambulance, Matthew was monitored and released hours later because there was no indication of other illnesses. As it turns out, 1 in 10 adults will have a seizure sometime in their life. Matthew’s family kept a close eye on him for the rest of the day. They kept him hydrated, took notes on anything out of the ordinary that he did, and never left his side. A mere 15 hours after his first grand mal seizure, Matthew suffered a second grand mal seizure in the middle of the night. At this point, he was taken by ambulance to an even larger hospital where he was admitted and spent the next week being monitored and undergoing neurological testing. After ruling out possible infections and a brain tumor, and along with all of the information that Matthew’s family was able to give the doctors about his seizures, doctors diagnosed Matthew with epilepsy. “The neurologist said when I had the grand mal seizures, it was like my brain was being electrocuted twice,” Matthew said. “I had intense MRIs, (then) an EEG, and a sleep-deprived EEG where I stayed awake for 36 hours, but both of those came back negative. And they did the strobe lights tests, since that is often a trigger. But the brain scans were clear, and they haven’t been able to tell us what the trigger is exactly.” He may not have gotten many specifics in terms of what caused the episodes, but the diagnosis itself greatly changed Matthew’s reality from what it was just a week prior. He found out that he wasn’t going to be able to drive for six months, he has to take anti-seizure medication twice a day, and he has to make sure he is getting proper sleep and that he is eating properly. Learning that the strobe light activity didn’t cause Matthew to seize is welcome news since his job as a freelance cinematographer often requires him to be around strobe lights. Knowing the epilepsy diagnosis wouldn’t halt his career was a huge weight lifted for him and his family. “We don’t know exactly what causes the seizures, but we know what the limitations are for Matthew now, so it’s just about slowly adjusting,” Paula said. “We’re so grateful he can still do the work he’s so passionate about. That’s a huge thing.” Matthew and his family know that he will face challenges as an epileptic. They are all becoming “voracious readers” of any and all information that they can find on epilepsy so that when it comes to recognizing signs of an oncoming seizure and what steps to take, they can help as much as they possibly can. Still, B R E A K A W AY M A G A Z I N E
the hardest part of it all for him is thinking about what his family had to experience last summer. “There’s still so much I want to learn because I don’t know what triggers me or what could trigger me. I’m trying to educate my friends and my co-workers, because I don’t want there to ever be the instance where someone that I’m friends with or work with see me going through what my family saw,” Matthew said, getting emotional at the memory. “It’s hard to talk about that. That’s what gets me. It really scared them to see it happen.” “Educating ourselves as to what epilepsy is about has been so important, and we have come together as a family to do that,” Paula said. “Everyone needs to know what to watch for, and what a seizure can present itself as. The seizure itself looks terrifying, but the physical convulsing doesn’t hurt him unless he was to fall on to something. That’s why he knows to get on the ground if he feels something coming on. So we need to be aware of what’s happening so we can stop him from injuring himself.” Throughout this whole journey and research that they have done, one fact that Matthew and his family discovered is that people who suffer from epilepsy may show many different symptoms when they are having an episode. They can have grand mal seizures where they are convulsing and lose consciousness, or they may have more unknown partialcomplex seizures such as blank staring, lip smacking, or jerking movements in the arms and legs. In Matthew’s case, it turns out that “hot flashes,” lip-smacking, and repetitive movements in his hands throughout the week before his grand mal seizures were actually partial-complex seizures. It is estimated that he had about 40-50 of these seizures in additional to his two grand mal seizures in a one-week span. As Matthew’s mom explains, “What’s been so interesting for me in this whole thing is that when you hear seizure you think it’s the full-blown, trembling, turning blue situation, but it’s not. Everyone thinks that. We all did. But all week, he would have these sweating episodes and this lip-smacking thing that was very rhythmic and deliberate. Those were seizures.” By becoming aware and getting involved you can make an impact on more people than you ever could imagine. The Epilepsy Foundation estimates that approximately 1 in 26 people in the United States will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime. As Matthew’s story shows, anyone, at any time, can have a seizure.
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Rob Brown, who donned a Wolves jersey for five seasons between 1994 and 2003, set the franchise’s single-season record for points (143) in 1995-96.
Goaltender Matt Climie set two franchise records during the 2012-13 season: Most road shutouts (5) in a single season and longest scoreless streak (173 minutes, 57 seconds).
During John Anderson’s first stint as Wolves head coach (19972008), his teams set singleSeven-time all-star Steve Maltais holds the Wolves career records for games (839), goals (454), assists (497), points (951) and penalty minutes (1,061). He played with
season franchise records for wins (55 in 1997-98), points (114 in 1999-2000), goals (331 in 200607) and power-play goals (112 in 2006-07).
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ICING THE PUCK
AVERAGES & RATINGS (2012-13)
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 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.
POWER PLAYS / PENALTY KILL
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.
AVG. GOALS AGAINST PER GAME
POWER PLAY GOALS SCORED
POWER PLAY RATING
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.
PENALTY KILL RATING
OVERTIME GAMES PLAYED
LEADING AFTER THE SECOND PERIOD Last season, the Wolves won 80 percent of games in which they were leading after two periods.
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.
AVG. GOALS PER GAME
Last season, the Wolves won 61 percent of games in which they did not allow the opposing team to score a powerplay goal.
POWER PLAY Last season, the Wolves won 48 percent of games in which they scored at least one power-play goal and 40 percent of games when they scored two or more.
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.
Last season, the Wolves won 62 percent of games in which they scored the first goal.
SHOTS ON GOAL Last season, the Wolves outshot their opponents in 32 of their 76 regularseason games, and won 16 of those games (16-11-4-1).
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WOLVES ORAL HISTORY
A SEVEN-PART SERIES
BY SARAH DRAHEIM
TO BATTLE IS TO ENDURE. IT IS DUST AND SWEAT AND BLOOD. IT IS GETTING UP TO TRY AGAIN WHEN YOU’VE FAILED BEFORE. IT IS PLANTING YOUR FEET EVEN IN THE FACE OF INSURMOUNTABLE ODDS. TO THAT MANTRA, THIS FRANCHISE IS NO STRANGER AND WHILE CHARTING THE COURSE OF ITS 20-YEAR HISTORY, THERE HAVE BEEN PLENTY OF OBSTACLES ALONG THE WAY.
Affiliation changes. Call-ups. A swingingdoor roster. The veteran rule. Different coaches. Different systems. Injuries. People coming. People going. Tragedy. For the Wolves, the first real big test of endurance came before the first fan ever walked through the door. One of the architects of the franchise was the victim of a predawn attack in Chicago that proved to be a turning point in his career, and it would set the Wolves up for one of the greatest moments in the history of the club. The return of Wayne Messmer. Messmer, renowned for his rendition of the National Anthem, had planned on showcasing more than just his talent for business on October 14, 1994 - the date of the Chicago Wolves inaugural home opener.
everybody was getting their feet wet as far as how to do this, but the people they put into place did a fabulous job of running training camp and setting up the shows before the game and the presentations for the fans. They did a great job of getting good players and we had a good team.
GENE UBRIACO: Signing a number of Chicago boys was very important, and for me it was one of the best decisions we ever made because Tim Breslin was a part of that. I think we saw the Cubs, and we saw how well they did, and the Bears, how tough they were. To me, we wanted to be like the Cubs off the ice and like the Bears on the ice. After months of work to build their franchise and its roster, the day finally came to drop the puck, and they did it on the road.
JUDD SIROTT: I mean, who could forget opening
But the win, the bodies in the seats, the atmosphere – all of that was eclipsed by one very special moment that happened before the puck even hit the ice. When Wayne Messmer made his way down the red carpet, hand-in-hand with Kathleen, to sing again for the first time since his shooting, the building was silent.
MESSMER: It was an Elvis moment. There was so much doubt. There were moments during the recovery that I had to accept that I was never coming back. And then it appeared that I would be ready. Six months and five days after the shooting. I think everyone hushed and I went into a kind of vacuum, and I just prayed that something would come out and it was OK. It wasn’t the best performance musically that I had ever done, but it was the most significant, and I think of it every time I step on the ice. YOUNG: The way Wayne sings that song sets a
Six months before that was to happen, however, Messmer was shot in an attempted robbery that made whether he would sing again a question.
night in Detroit? It was October 1, 1994. We were in the night before and I remember the Vipers had played a game the day before so you kind of had the opportunity to at least see them and get a picture for what was going to go on. That also germinated a great rivalry between those two teams.
DON LEVIN: We didn’t know if he was going to
WENDELL YOUNG: The first game was interesting
live or die. Buddy and I were at the hospital, and it was bad. He had been shot in the throat. He was in the hospital for weeks. They didn’t know if he would ever speak again.
for me because I had come down to the Wolves from Tampa. When I say “come down,” I really mean it was a step up to come to the Wolves. Chicago is such a great hockey city.
YOUNG: Everyone stops…watches. Then the cheers start and that’s a unique thing to Chicago too because I think Wayne singing the National Anthem brought the cheering over to us too. The cheering followed Wayne, I think, to tell you the truth.
MESSMER: When it comes to the shooting I was
The Wolves suffered a 6-5 shootout loss in that first game against Detroit, but they would face them again for their home opener, and they would win, beating the Vipers 4-2.
That night cemented this franchise. The Chicago Wolves were home, and they had found a relationship with Chicago-area fans that endures to this day.
SIROTT: It was completely sold out. The rafters were shaking. It was electrifying.
The team would get a few years under its belt, and would eventually hoist four Cups for this city, but first there were some personnel changes on the horizon.
there, but then I was gone for two-and-a-half days. When I finally did awaken there were a lot of questions that I had and I was filled in on who had been there, and who had stepped forward. Kathleen (Messmer’s wife) said to me that it was the first time she’d ever met Don. He just came up to her and said, “We’re good.” While Messmer recovered, the Wolves continued to put together the pieces as they anticipated their first game as an International Hockey League franchise.
AL SECORD: It wasn’t chaotic at all. I thought
YOUNG: I didn’t know what to expect. We were a new franchise. I think we benefited from the NHL lockout happening, but I think that those fans came to our games because of the lockout, and I think they stayed. Opening Night really sets the stage for the franchise and for the season.
standard. I always tell everyone to be there for the National Anthem. Be there for the opening of our games.
LEVIN: It’s like missing a movie.
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