The Chicago Wolves launch their 21st season – and 14th as a member of the American Hockey League – at 7 p.m. Saturday at Allstate Arena. After directing the Wolves to the Midwest Division title during his first year in charge since the 2007-08 season, John Anderson feels even more comfortable and confident as the opener beckons.
When hockey players meet with Chicago Wolves skating and skills coach Kenny McCudden in his home, it usually takes an hour or two until they sit down to talk. Before they do, they get a history lesson.
At 10:30 a.m. Friday, Chicago Wolves senior advisor Gene Ubriaco stood in front of 15 teenage hockey players at Seven Bridges Ice Arena in Woodridge and offered tips for staying safe on the ice.
During their 20th season as a franchise, the Chicago Wolves utilized a blend of new and old to make their milestone year a memorable one. The 2013-14 squad featured fresh faces on the ice such as Jake Allen and Ty Rattie while bringing back a familiar figure behind the bench in four-time champion coach John Anderson. This combination proved successful as the team went on to capture the Midwest Division title and advance to the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2014 Calder Cup playoffs. As a look back on the historic year, here are the top 20 moments of the Chicago Wolves' 20th season.