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.
As far as Chicago Wolves fans are concerned, the season ended Friday night in Toronto. Tired, sweaty, bearded players bucked up after the dispiriting Game 4 loss, skated through the postgame handshake line and headed to the locker room in Ricoh Coliseum to shed their Wolves jerseys for the final time as a unit.
TORONTO --- It’s not impossible to erase a 3-0 deficit and win a seven-game series. It happened last month in the National Hockey League when Los Angeles spotted San Jose the first three games and then swept the next four. It happened last year in the American Hockey League when Wilkes-Barre/Scranton swept Providence after dropping the first three in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
First, it’s important to salute the people in the airline industry and elsewhere who tried their darnedest to help the Wolves get where they needed to go in time for Game 3 tonight at Ricoh Coliseum.
There’s no way to get around the results or to pretend they don’t exist. The Toronto Marlies came into Allstate Arena last weekend and took the first two games of the Western Conference Semifinals.