Chicago Wolves Hockey - Chicago Wolves Hockey - Super User http://chicagowolves.org Fri, 22 Aug 2014 06:53:25 -0500 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Wolves ink goaltender Clemente http://chicagowolves.org/news/releases/item/4146-wolves-ink-goaltender-clemente http://chicagowolves.org/news/releases/item/4146-wolves-ink-goaltender-clemente Wolves ink goaltender Clemente

The Chicago Wolves announced Thursday that they have signed goaltender Mike Clemente to a contract for the 2014-15 season.

CLEMENTE split time between Springfield in the AHL and Evansville in the ECHL last season. He posted a 1-0-1 record, 2.88 goals-against average, and .893 save percentage in two games with Springfield and a 20-19-4 record, 2.84 goals-against average, and .904 save percentage in 44 games with Evansville. He ranked among the top 10 ECHL netminders for wins, minutes, and saves.

The 24-year-old has compiled a 2-1-1 record, 2.25 goals-against average, and .920 save percentage in eight career AHL appearances, all with Springfield, since turning pro in 2012. He also added one season in the CHL with Missouri, producing a 25-19-1 record, 3.31 goals-against average, and .892 save percentage in 45 games.

Before joining the professional ranks, the Great Falls, Va. native suited up for Brown University for four seasons. While there, he appeared in 107 games with a 32-54-14 record, 3.03 goals-against average, and .908 save percentage, finishing second all-time in saves and first in starts for the program.

In accordance with team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 2014-15 AHL regular season begins on Oct. 10 with the Wolves home opener celebration slated for Saturday, Oct. 11. To learn about the team’s summertime ticket specials, call 1-800-THE-WOLVES or visit ChicagoWolves.com.

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ijaved@chicagowolves.com (Super User) Releases Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:07:58 -0500
Wolves extend affiliation with Kalamazoo http://chicagowolves.org/news/releases/item/4145-wolves-extend-affiliation-with-kalamazoo http://chicagowolves.org/news/releases/item/4145-wolves-extend-affiliation-with-kalamazoo Wolves extend affiliation with Kalamazoo

The Chicago Wolves announced Wednesday that they have renewed their affiliation agreement with the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL. This will be the third consecutive year that the teams have worked together.

“We look forward to continuing our relationship with a first-class organization like Kalamazoo," said Wolves general manager WENDELL YOUNG. “We have full confidence in head coach Nick Bootland and the Wings’ ability to make our players better and allow them to smoothly transition to the American Hockey League.”

The Wings play at the 5,113-seat Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, located in southwest Michigan. The K-Wings have won four division titles in the past five years since joining the ECHL at the start of the 2009-10 season. Kalamazoo posted a 42-22-3-5 record last year and were eliminated in six games by Greenville in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2014 Kelly Cup playoffs.

Seven players spent time with both Chicago and Kalamazoo during the 2013-14 season. The group was comprised of forwards Cody Beach, Eric Kattelus, Yannick Veilleux, and Sebastian Wannstrom; defensemen Cade Fairchild and Brett Ponich; and goaltender Jordan Binnington.

The 2014-15 AHL regular season begins on Oct. 10 with the Wolves home opener celebration slated for Saturday, Oct. 11. To learn about the team’s summertime ticket specials, call 1-800-THE-WOLVES or visit ChicagoWolves.com.

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ijaved@chicagowolves.com (Super User) Releases Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:22:56 -0500
Wolves add Bordson to pack http://chicagowolves.org/news/releases/item/4144-wolves-add-bordson-to-pack http://chicagowolves.org/news/releases/item/4144-wolves-add-bordson-to-pack Wolves add Bordson to pack

The Chicago Wolves announced Tuesday that they have signed forward Rob Bordson.

BORDSON will join the Wolves for his fifth season of American Hockey League play after splitting the last four between Adirondack, Rochester, and Syracuse. He is coming off a 25-point season (11G, 14A), tying his career-high set in 2012-13, in 75 games last year. Additionally, he served as an assistant captain and set a Phantoms record with an ironman streak of 144 consecutive games played from 2011-14.

The 26-year-old has accrued 33 goals, 79 points, and 154 penalty minutes in 256 career AHL contests since turning pro in 2010. He collected 51 points (17G, 34A) in a 38-game stint with Trenton in the ECHL in 2011-12. The forward has some familiarity with the Wolves, having overlapped in Adirondack with right wing Shane Harper.

Prior to his professional debut, BORDSON enjoyed a successful collegiate career at the University of Minnesota Duluth. During his three years there, the Duluth native produced 47 points (13G, 34A) in 81 games, including a breakout junior season in which he put up 40 points (12G, 28A) in 39 games. He was twice named to the All-Academic Team (2008-09, 2009-10) and helped the Bulldogs capture the 2009 WCHA championship.

The 2014-15 American Hockey League regular season begins on Oct. 10 with the Wolves home opener celebration slated for Saturday, Oct. 11. To learn about the team’s summertime ticket specials, call 1-800-THE-WOLVES or visit ChicagoWolves.com.

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ijaved@chicagowolves.com (Super User) Releases Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:02:07 -0500
Catching up with Billy Gardner http://chicagowolves.org/news/features/item/4143-catching-up-with-billy-gardner http://chicagowolves.org/news/features/item/4143-catching-up-with-billy-gardner Catching up with Billy Gardner

The Chicago Wolves have spent their offseason adjusting to American Hockey League rule changes and blending Wolves veterans with fresh faces who’ll wear the burgundy and gold for the first time.

Billy GardnerColor Analyst Billy GardnerTwelve-year color analyst Bill Gardner was kind enough to fit us in during his golf season and give ChicagoWolves.com his input on what he looks forward to seeing from the press box.

Many people around the league have expressed their relief that the AHL has moved to a longer overtime and eventually 3-on-3 play. What is your take as the color analyst?

I love what they are doing. I think it has been long overdue. But I don’t understand why they don’t just make it 3-on-3 right away. They want someone to win, so throw everything else out the window and let them play pond hockey.

Have you ever seen a 3-on-3 in overtime?

About seven years ago in Milwaukee, I was on the call with Pat Foley. There ended up being a couple penalties and turned into 3-on-3. It was the most fun I have ever had calling a game. The call Pat made to end the game was so exciting.

 

What do you expect head coach John Anderson’s strategy to be in overtime?

Johnny has always been a little different. You can’t ever be sure. But I would say you should probably have one defenseman that can handle the puck and from there, a playmaker and a goal scorer.

What do you make of the new faces we’ll see in Wolves uniforms?

We’ve needed some depth at center and you can never have enough guys. Mathieu Brodeur is a huge guy and what I like to call a defensive defenseman. I like that. Goaltender Jordan Binnington is not a very big guy, but played well in the one game we saw him last year.

What needs to happen on the defensive end to help out whoever ends up being between the pipes?

It was a funny team last year. We had great goaltending and it was funny that our goalie had to stand on his head to win games. But we need to be more stable on defense, and I think the return of Jani Hakanpaa, David Shields and Joel Edmundson should help with that. Matt Climie needs to be a rock again in whatever role he plays, and he would be the first to tell you it was tough last year coming off injury.

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ijaved@chicagowolves.com (Super User) Features Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:27:03 -0500
Catching up with Wendell Young http://chicagowolves.org/news/features/item/4142-catching-up-with-wendell-young http://chicagowolves.org/news/features/item/4142-catching-up-with-wendell-young Catching up with Wendell Young

While hockey fans are getting antsy for October to arrive, Chicago Wolves general manager Wendell Young has not stopped preparing for the 2014-15 season since the final horn of the Western Conference Semifinals in Toronto.

 The former Wolves netminder was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to discuss the American Hockey League's new rules, how they might affect who is on the ice, and what he expects from next season's squad.

Of all the new rules, which should we expect to be the most significant in the 2014-15 season??

The biggest thing we'll see is overtime moved to seven minutes and eventually moving to three shooters [in the shootout]. The 4-on-4 and 3-on-3 should be exciting and shorten overtime up. We'll see strategy, such as more speed and skill, as overtime goes on. The smaller rules, like when the helmet gets knocked off players have to get it back on right away, should help limit concussions.

Of all the offseason moves so far, what is one that was crucial for the Wolves?

Having Pat Cannone and Shane Harper back is important, as they were on our top line last year. But everyone is a year older and we expect guys to step up.

Wolves player Pat Cannone and Shane Harper

Who do you expect to take the next step?

Ty Rattie had a great rookie year and we expect him to build on it. A lot of guys should have improved years, and some of them have a lot to prove.

Chicago Wolves forward Ty Rattie

Is there a sense of balance you hope to have with this year's team?

We have a great player in (Terry) Broadhurst who joins us. We feel we're going to be a really well-balanced team. This team has the potential to score a lot of points. Maybe not league-leading, but definitely a handful of guys with a lot of points.

Photos: Ross Dettman/Chicago Wolves

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ijaved@chicagowolves.com (Super User) Features Thu, 07 Aug 2014 15:39:52 -0500
Wolves re-sign Harper and add three more http://chicagowolves.org/news/releases/item/4141-wolves-re-sign-harper-and-add-three-more http://chicagowolves.org/news/releases/item/4141-wolves-re-sign-harper-and-add-three-more Wolves re-sign Harper and add three more

The Chicago Wolves announced Wednesday that they have signed forwards SHANE HARPER and TERRY BROADHURST and defensemen MATHIEU BRODEUR and COLTEN HAYES to contracts for the 2014-15 season.

HARPER suited up for 63 games in his first year with the Wolves in 2013-14, finishing the campaign fourth on the team in goals (13) and plus/minus rating (+19) and fifth in points (33), all career highs. Skating in his first American Hockey League postseason, the right wing potted five points (2G, 3A) in nine playoff games, including two assists in his first tilt.

The 25-year-old turned pro at the end of the 2009-10 season, appearing in five games for Adirondack following a five-year career with the Everett Silvertips in the Western Hockey League. He has amassed 33 goals, 74 points, and 92 penalty minutes in 206 career AHL games with Adirondack and Chicago.

The Valencia, Calif., native has also appeared in 63 ECHL games with Greenville and Trenton, accruing 72 points (36G, 36A).



BROADHURST  is coming off a career year with the Rockford IceHogs in which he posted 44 points (16G, 28A) in 73 games with a +10 plus/minus rating and 16 penalty minutes. His numbers placed him fourth on the team in both assists and points, and he sat fifth in goals and plus/minus rating.

The 25-year-old Chicago Fury alum has collected 59 points (21G, 38A) in 112 career AHL games, all with Rockford, and 31 points (12G, 19A) in 36 games with Toledo in the ECHL. The Orland Park, Ill., native turned pro in 2012 following a three-year career at the University of Nebraska Omaha where he accrued 90 points (40G, 50A) in 110 games and served as captain his final season.



BRODEUR joins the Wolves after spending the past three seasons with the Portland Pirates, including a 12-point campaign (3G, 9A) with 49 penalty minutes in 62 games during 2013-14. It was the 24-year-old’s fourth full professional season since making his AHL debut at the end of the 2009-10 season.

The Saint-Eustache, Quebec, native has accrued 38 points (8G, 30A) and 127 penalty minutes in 176 AHL games with Portland and San Antonio. The blueliner also appeared in 52 ECHL games with Las Vegas in 2010-11, posting one assist.



HAYES, who participated in Wolves training camp last season, comes to the team after spending 2013-14 with their CHL affiliate, the Missouri Mavericks. The rear-guard potted five goals and 21 points, along with 100 penalty minutes and a team-leading +31 plus/minus rating, in 57 regular-season games. He added two points (G, A) in six playoff contests.

The 24-year-old broke into the pro ranks during the 2011-12 season and has since collected 31 points (5G, 26A) and 202 penalty minutes in the ECHL with Stockton, Reading, and Fort Wayne. In the CHL, the Maple Ridge, B.C., native has posted 30 points (6G, 24A) and 129 penalty minutes in 75 games, all with Missouri.



In accordance with team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.

The 2014-15 AHL regular season begins on Oct. 10 with the Wolves home opener celebration slated for Saturday, Oct. 11. To learn about the team’s summertime ticket specials, call 1-800-THE-WOLVES or visit ChicagoWolves.com.

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ijaved@chicagowolves.com (Super User) Releases Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:04:16 -0500
Wolves announce 2014-15 preseason schedule http://chicagowolves.org/news/releases/item/4139-wolves-announce-2014-15-preseason-schedule http://chicagowolves.org/news/releases/item/4139-wolves-announce-2014-15-preseason-schedule Wolves announce 2014-15 preseason schedule

The Chicago Wolves announced Tuesday that they will participate in four exhibition games in October, including two in Chicagoland, in preparation for their 21st season.

The Wolves will suit up for preseason games Oct. 1-4 against Midwest Division rivals the Rockford IceHogs and Milwaukee Admirals and twice against former division opponent the Iowa Wild, who were realigned into the West Division this summer.

Chicago kicks off its preseason schedule with a trip to Iowa for a tilt against the Wild at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at Wells Fargo Arena and will then travel to Rockford to take on the IceHogs at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2, at the MetroCentre.

The team will close out its exhibition schedule with two games on friendly ice. The Wolves will have a rematch with Iowa at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3, at the Triphahn Center Ice Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill. The preseason finale will pit the Wolves against Milwaukee at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, at the West Meadows Ice Arena in Rolling Meadows, Ill.

The 2014-15 American Hockey League regular season begins on Oct. 10 with the Wolves home opener celebration slated for Saturday, Oct. 11. To learn about the team's summertime ticket specials, call 1-800-THE-WOLVES or visit ChicagoWolves.com.

Wolves Exhibition Schedule (all times CDT)

Wed., Oct. 1
at Iowa Wild
Wells Fargo Arena
Des Moines, Iowa
6 p.m.

Thurs., Oct. 2
at Rockford IceHogs
MetroCentre
Rockford, Ill.
7 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 3
vs. Iowa Wild
Triphahn Center Ice Arena
Hoffman Estates, Ill.
7 p.m.
>> Call the arena at (847) 885-7500 for tickets.

Sat., Oct. 4
vs. Milwaukee Admirals
West Meadows Ice Arena
Rolling Meadows, Ill.
7 p.m.
>> Call the arena at (847) 398-2700 for tickets.

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ijaved@chicagowolves.com (Super User) Releases Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:17:40 -0500
Revamped overtime rules highlight AHL changes http://chicagowolves.org/news/releases/item/4137-revamped-overtime-rules-highlight-ahl-changes http://chicagowolves.org/news/releases/item/4137-revamped-overtime-rules-highlight-ahl-changes Revamped overtime rules highlight AHL changes

The American Hockey League’s Board of Governors approved a number of rule changes for the 2014-15 season on Thursday, including a bold restructuring of the league’s overtime procedures.

In place of the conventional five-minute overtime session, the AHL will conduct a seven-minute overtime period during the 2014-15 season. The teams will play 4-on-4 for a minimum of three minutes. At the first whistle after 4:00 remains on the clock, each team will remove a skater and compete 3-on-3. If a winner does not emerge during overtime, then a shootout commences with three participants from each team. The AHL has required five shooters per side in years past.

The AHL is believed to be the first professional league to employ the 3-on-3 overtime format.

“We figured this is the best for fans: Decide the game in a team atmosphere,” said Chicago Wolves general manager WENDELL YOUNG. “We find the trend of shootouts going up and we’d like to see as many situations as possible settled with game play. It’s a very innovative step by the AHL. I think it’ll give the most skilled and fast teams an advantage.”

Other rule changes include updates to major penalties and helmet protocol. Beginning next season, a player who receives two major penalties for fighting or three major penalties for any infraction in the same game will be given an automatic game misconduct. Additionally, any player on the ice whose helmet comes off during play must immediately exit the playing surface or reattach his helmet and chin strap, otherwise receiving a minor penalty.

A detailed list of the rule changes can be found at TheAHL.com.

The 2014-15 AHL regular season begins on Oct. 10 with the Wolves home opener celebration slated for Saturday, Oct. 11. To learn about the team’s summertime ticket specials, call 1-800-THE-WOLVES or visit ChicagoWolves.com.

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ijaved@chicagowolves.com (Super User) Releases Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:41:23 -0500
Wolves stay in Midwest as AHL adjusts divisional alignment http://chicagowolves.org/news/releases/item/4136-wolves-stay-in-midwest-as-ahl-adjusts-divisional-alignment http://chicagowolves.org/news/releases/item/4136-wolves-stay-in-midwest-as-ahl-adjusts-divisional-alignment Wolves stay in Midwest as AHL adjusts divisional alignment

The Chicago Wolves will defend their 2014 Midwest Division crown against a slightly different group of foes in the wake of the American Hockey League’s divisional realignment announced Wednesday at the league meetings.

After one season in the Midwest Division, the Iowa Wild shifts to the West Division. The Lake Erie Monsters move from the North Division into the Wild’s spot in the Midwest. The Wolves’ other three Midwest opponents remain the same: Grand Rapids, Milwaukee and Rockford.

To complete the changes in the AHL’s Western Conference, the Adirondack Flames (formerly the Abbotsford Heat) jump from the West to the North Division. The Eastern Conference features two adjustments: The Lehigh Valley Phantoms (formerly the Adirondack Phantoms) have moved to Allentown, Pa., and the East Division. The Syracuse Crunch have flipped from the East to the Northeast Division.

1415-ahl-div-alignment2014-15 NHL affiliations list

The 2014-15 AHL regular season begins on Oct. 10 with the Wolves home opener celebration slated for Saturday, Oct. 11. To learn about the team’s summertime ticket specials, call 1-800-THE-WOLVES or visit ChicagoWolves.com.

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ijaved@chicagowolves.com (Super User) Releases Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:33:16 -0500
Calder Cup Playoffs FAQ http://chicagowolves.org/tickets/playoffs-faq http://chicagowolves.org/tickets/playoffs-faq Calder Cup Playoffs FAQ

The Calder Cup playoffs are one of the most exciting times to be a hockey fan and whether you’re new to the sport or a seasoned veteran, you don’t want to miss out on all the postseason action. Check out the FAQ below to find out the answers to some of the most common questions our ticket representatives get about the postseason. Any questions not posted here can be directed to your rep or answered by calling 1-800-THE-WOLVES.

What’s the Calder Cup?

The Calder Cup is the trophy that has been awarded to the championship AHL team since 1938. The Cup is named after Frank Calder, the National Hockey League’s first president (1917-1943).

When do the playoffs start?

The postseason starts the week after the conclusion of the regular season in late April. Last season that date was Wednesday, April 23.

How do I get tickets?

We will post more information here when it becomes available, but more ticket information can always be obtained by calling your Wolves ticket representative or our ticket hotline at 1-800-THE-WOLVES.

What if I’m a partial plan or season ticket holder?

Our fans with ticket packages will be among the first to learn about and purchase tickets for the postseason. Your Wolves rep will be happy to outline your options for you relevant to your plan.

How do the playoffs work in the American Hockey League?

The Calder Cup playoffs work in a seeded bracket system, with the teams being re-seeded following every round to determine home-ice advantage. To learn more about the details, check out TheAHL.com’s postseason primer.

Have the Wolves ever won a championship?

The Wolves are four-time league champions, having won the Turner Cup twice (1998 & 2000) while in the International Hockey League and the Calder Cup twice (2002 & 2008) in the AHL.

How many teams make the playoffs?

In total 16 teams make the playoffs, eight from the Western Conference and eight from the Eastern Conference. Following the opening three rounds, the Calder Cup final pits the Western champion against the Eastern champion.

 

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ijaved@chicagowolves.com (Super User) Single-Game Tickets Tue, 08 Jul 2014 10:59:38 -0500