Not long before the Chicago Wolves began preparing for the 2014-15 season in earnest -- training camp opened Monday – head coach John Anderson was asked to provide three words that best describe him.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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When the Chicago Wolves announced Monday that defenseman Jake Chelios signed a standard player’s contract (SPC) to play for the franchise in 2014, Chelios was between classes at Michigan State University.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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