Chicago Wolves Hockey - Chicago Wolves Hockey - Super User Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:10:16 -0500 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Tapper and Hardy named Wolves assistant coaches Tapper and Hardy named Wolves assistant coaches

The Chicago Wolves announced Tuesday that 2002 Calder Cup champion BRAD TAPPER and MARK HARDY will join Wolves head coach JOHN ANDERSON behind the bench for the 2014-15 season as the team looks to defend its Midwest Division title.

“Brad was really innovative as a player,” ANDERSON said. “He knows how to win. He knows the things we need to have for Xs and Os. It’s a good fit for us. I played against Mark in the National Hockey League. John Van Boxmeer really liked him as an assistant coach when they worked together with the Kings. He’s a knowledgeable hockey guy with a wealth of experience.”

TAPPER, a forward for the Wolves from 2001-04, makes the jump to the American Hockey League in his sixth season as a coach. He previously ran the bench for one season with North York in the CCHL and served as an assistant the past four with Florida and Orlando in the ECHL.

The 36-year-old has a league championship on his coaching resume, capturing the 2012 Kelly Cup with Florida. In his four seasons in the ECHL, his teams never failed to make the postseason and posted a 158-102-9-19 record (.597). His forward corps placed in the top 10 in the league in scoring each season, including two second-place finishes, and averaged 3.41 goals per game overall.

The Scarborough, Ontario, native retired as a player in 2009 following a nine-year professional career, including parts of three seasons with the Wolves. During his tenure in Chicago, he contributed 58 points (24G, 34A) in 98 regular-season games and another 11 points (4G, 7A) in 28 postseason tilts.

In addition to his time with the Wolves, TAPPER skated in 71 NHL contests with Atlanta from 2000-03, accruing 25 points (14G, 11A) in 71 games. He also suited up for Binghamton and Philadelphia in the AHL and spent seasons in the International Hockey League and German Elite League, in addition to his collegiate career at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

HARDY comes to the Wolves after spending the last three seasons with Ontario in the ECHL, helping them to a second-place finish in the Western Conference each season he was on their staff.

The 55-year-old brings 10 years of NHL coaching experience to the Wolves, having served on the staffs for Los Angeles (1999-2006, 2008-10) and Chicago (2006-08). The 15-year NHL defenseman served as an assistant coach and defensive specialist, including overseeing the third-best penalty killing unit in Kings history in 2001-02 (86.6 percent efficiency).

Prior to his first tenure with Los Angeles, the Samedan, Switzerland, native began his coaching career as a player/coach and then assistant coach in the International Hockey League for five seasons with the Detroit Vipers (1994-95) and Long Beach Ice Dogs (1995-99).

Drafted by Los Angeles in the second round (30th overall) of the 1979 NHL Entry Draft, HARDY collected 368 points (62G, 306A) in 915 career regular-season games with Los Angeles, Minnesota, and the New York Rangers. He finished his playing career with 70 points (18G, 52A) in 199 IHL games with Phoenix, Detroit, and Los Angeles.

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 ticket specials, call 1-800-THE-WOLVES or visit

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Wolves celebrate the dog days of summer Wolves celebrate the dog days of summer

The Chicago Wolves are taking the “dog days of summer” literally.

With no hockey being played, a group of front office staffers took the opportunity to head to the southwest part of Chicago last week and spent the day at the David R. Lee Animal Care Center. The group – which included members across all different departments – spent time learning about the shelter’s operations before spending time with the adoptable dogs, taking them outside for exercise and playtime.

“Chicago Animal Care and Control has been a longtime partner of the Wolves and is an organization that is near and dear to our hearts,” said community relations coordinator Becky Jarosch, who organized the outing. Jarosch plans to bring another group from the front office later this summer for a similar opportunity.

“We like to volunteer a few times throughout the summer to not only give back to the community but also raise awareness about the available dogs and pet adoption,” she said. “Finding forever homes for these animals is a huge priority here so any way we can help out, we do.”

Wolves staff members have made a habit out of volunteering at the shelter for multiple summers. During the season, the team contributes to the cause via its popular Adopt-A-Dog program, Skates’ Sidekicks, which enters its 12th year in 2014-15 and has helped find homes for more than 1,100 dogs.

The organization’s attitude toward the cause is apparent throughout; owner Don Levin is and has been a staunch supporter of CACC, including a recent donation from his family’s foundation to help with a significant renovation. Levin’s support has helped turned the Adopt-A-Dog program into one of the team’s major community efforts each season.

“We are extremely grateful for the partnership between Chicago Animal Care and Control and the Chicago Wolves,” said Brad Powers, CACC’s assistant to the director. “During the season, animals from the shelter get to visit Wolves games and fans get a chance to connect with a possible new furry family member! We feel blessed to be part of the Chicago Wolves family and look forward to continuing our strong relationship that benefits so many great animals.”

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CACC takes in more than 20,000 animals per year, including strays, rescues, and abandoned cats and dogs. They are one of the few “open admission” facilities, never turning away animals and providing them with veterinarian care, food, water, and shelter. Additionally, they respond to approximately 60,000 requests for service each year.

Because of the high volume of animals, volunteers are necessary to provide top-level care. The team of volunteers, which includes some that have been working with CACC for multiple years, help out by walking dogs, socializing cats, cleaning animal housing, and marketing of adoptable animals, among other specialized tasks.

“Volunteers play a critical role at our shelter,” Powers said. “Our volunteers ensure the great animals at CACC get the care, attention, and love they deserve.”

With the help of a dedicated staff, donations, and volunteers, CACC has seen its animal placement rate almost double since 2009, growing from 35.46 percent to 67.34 percent in 2013. And the shelter hopes to see those numbers grow after undergoing a recently-announced $8.2 million renovation, about which Powers said they are “ecstatic.”

The updates will include building repairs such as a new roof and HVAC system and improvements to the animals’ housing areas. Powers said that, in conjunction with the upgrades, CACC looks to continue making progress as one of the Midwest’s largest open-admission municipal shelters.

“CACC will continue to partner with great organizations like the Chicago Wolves to fulfill our mission of protecting public safety and ensuring the humane care of animals through sheltering, pet placement, education, and animal law enforcement,” Powers said.

For more information on the Chicago Wolves Adopt-A-Dog program, visit To learn more about CACC or get involved as a volunteer, visit

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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

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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

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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

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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 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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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.

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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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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

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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

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
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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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

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

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