Chicago Wolves end March on winning streak

Chicago Wolves forward Ty Rattie

The old adage ‘In like a lion, out like a lamb’ applied to the Chicago Wolves venture through March, but a but differently. A slow start to the month turned into a scoring outage, followed by a five-game winning streak against conference opponents. Chicago enters the final stretch of the regular season in the seventh spot of the Western Conference standings. [Read more…]

Chicago Wolves with no answers for scoring issues, add to roster

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The Chicago Wolves have been lacking in the goal department and it is hurting their playoff chances. The goal scoring scarcity has been apparent on home ice as well. The Wolves have been shut out in three of their last seven games overall and continue to miss out on solid scoring opportunities in front of the net. Sunday’s loss to division rival Rockford was no exception.

“That’s another two points that we pissed away,” said Wolves head coach John Anderson.

Chicago experienced another up-and-down game, holding the IceHogs to eight shots in the first, but gave up three goals on fourteen shots in the second. [Read more…]

Jordan Binnington taking advantage of opportunity with Wolves

Jordan Binnington

‘Next man up’ is a cliché used often in sports, but for Chicago Wolves goaltender Jordan Binnington being next on the depth chart has given him a chance to keep the Wolves in the AHL playoff hunt.

The 21-year old Ontario native has posted an 18-11-3 record this season, with majority of the decisions coming in the past two months. Binnington has started a franchise-record 15 consecutive games in net for Chicago. [Read more…]

Chicago Wolves end January with a bang

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The Chicago Wolves finished their up-and-down January with a win/loss against in-state foe the Rockford IceHogs, ending/extending their losing streak at three games. Saturday’s game was Chicago’s first after a five game road trip. The team went 2-2-1 away from the Allstate Arena during that time, and 5-5-1-1 overall.

The Wolves enter February locked in a battle for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, eight points behind the IceHogs. Chicago earned six points out of a possible ten in five January games against Rockford. [Read more…]

Adam Burish relishes return to Chicago

Adam Burish

Adam Burish was welcomed to the Chicago Wolves organization this past week after starting the season in the NHL with the San Jose Sharks.

The 2010 Stanley Cup winner with the Chicago Blackhawks is the fourth member of that team to suit up for the Wolves, joining forwards Ben Eager and Colin Fraser and defenseman Brent Sopel.

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Brent Sopel reaches games played milestone with Chicago Wolves

Brent Sopel, Chicago Wolves

Brent Sopel returned to Chicago to continue his playing career and has now accomplished something that establishes his longevity. On December 3, 2014 versus the Lake Erie Monsters, Brent Sopel played in his 1,000th career professional hockey game.

To honor the feat, the Chicago Wolves will honor Sopel prior to the team’s game on January 3rd versus the Rockford IceHogs. Rockford’s parent club, the Chicago Blackhawks, is where the veteran defenseman won his only Stanley Cup Championship. [Read more…]

Ben Eager joins Chicago Wolves, another ex Blackhawks player on team

Ben Eager, Chicago Wolves

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Ben Eager spent little time in between teams. The former Chicago Blackhawk is now a member of the Chicago Wolves. Eager is the third member of the 2009-10 Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks on the Wolves’ roster joining forward Colin Fraser and defenseman Brent Sopel.

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Former Blackhawks D Brent Sopel keeps dream alive in Chicago

Brent Sopel, Chicago Wolves

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Brent Sopel is playing hockey again in Chicago. It isn’t with the obvious team, either. The Calgary, Alberta native officially signed with the Chicago Wolves on October 10, and has played in each of the team’s first four games. After a three year stint in the Kontinental Hockey League, Sopel decided it was time to return to North America.

The 37-year old Sopel is now in his 19th season of professional hockey. He was drafted 144th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. Sopel has played for six NHL teams, including the 2010 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks. By that point in his career, he was not looked at to carry a defensive corps like he was earlier in his career. Regardless, Brent Sopel did what was asked of him and became a fan-favorite. [Read more…]

Chicago Wolves impressive despite three game weekend

Chicago Wolves forward Ty Rattie

The Chicago Wolves had the daunting task of playing three games in three nights this past weekend. Despite the unusual scheduling, the Wolves played like a team looking to make a deep playoff run. The team took five of a possible six points. The opponents? Playoff teams from Rockford and division-leading Grand Rapids.

“I’m tired,” said forward Ty Rattie. “Well deserved day off  for the boys tomorrow.”

Rattie continues to play like anything but a rookie. His 27 goals ties him for fifth in the AHL, and tops among first year players. His productive weekend helped Chicago earn five out of a possible six points. [Read more…]

Chicago Wolves get mixed results versus best teams

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The Chicago Wolves are in the middle of the AHL Western Conference playoff race, which explains their play against the teams ahead of them in the standings. Chicago is in fourth place in the west with 76 points, only 7 points out of eighth. Ahead of them in the standings are Grand Rapids, Texas, and Toronto, the division leaders.

It would be tough to imagine Chicago jumping any of those three teams in the standings. Division and Conference-leading Grand Rapids is eight points ahead of the Chicago Wolves, and have been the better team all season. The team has played well against the lower seeded team in the west, but if the Wolves want any chance of making a deep playoff run, they need to beat the best to get out of the west. [Read more…]

Ty Rattie continues to shine, Chicago Wolves add Selleck, Janik

Chicago Wolves forward Ty Rattie

Ty Rattie is arguably the best Chicago Wolves forward prospect. His first full season in the AHL is also making that sentiment hard to argue against. The 21-year old has a team-leading 22 goals for the Wolves and has been a bright spot on a Wolves team firmly entrenched in a playoff spot, having earned a point in 17 straight at home. That streak is a team record. [Read more…]

Chicago Businessmen And The Future Of The NHL

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WEALTHY CHICAGO INVESTORS AND POTENTIAL NHL TEAM OWNERSHIP

Within the last couple weeks, wealthy Chicago area businessmen have been connected to different stories regarding potential ownership of an NHL franchise.  Matthew Hulsizer, CEO of Chicago-based Peak6 Investments LP, has been involved in talks about the Phoenix Coyotes for more than a year.  Don Levin, owner of the AHL Chicago Wolves, is possibly developing a NHL caliber arena in a new, untapped professional hockey market.  To find out how all this Chicago money could impact the NHL, continue after the jump.

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