Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Return of the King, Kari Lehtonen a Wolf again.....

It may only be for a three day rehab stint, but Kari Lehtonen is wearing a Wolves jersey once more. Last night the familiar name was announced as the goal tender for the home team and the Tuesday night crowd of 3000 faithful fans greeted the returning hero, our Kari. I had forgotten how tall he was, Kari Lehtonen is one tall dude. His performance? This tall one, classic, the quick butterfly remains and the ermine like movements between the pipes are still there. Upon close observation you can observe changes in his stance, a result of conditioning and working with a core muscle coach to correct a nagging groin problem. What you see is what you get here,a more mature version of the boy that left Chicago two years ago for the NHL.Lehtonen wears the NHL goalie mantle well.

The outcome of the game was never in doubt, the Quad City Flames seemed to never leave the locker room their only a goal in the last 30 seconds placed them on the board. Yet another win for the Wolves, the first for the favorite son in his recovery tour.


Return of Rockford 11/24/2007

One of the great joys of this hockey season is that Rockford has become the Blackhawks affiliate. Last weekend a colleague who spent many an hour watching the Hawks play from the organists bench in the old barn joined Kissane and I for the Wolves and Rockford match up. After properly fortify ourselves with Margarettas we arrived at the Allstate in time for the pregame fire works.

It didn't take long for the old Hawks fans to see the the light. By the second goal my friend Barb was swinging a Wolves shirt over her head and celebrating every Wolves goal. Sorry Rocky. you have lost another one to the winning Wolves....

Here are a few images showing what the cheering was all about...


Monday, November 12, 2007

The New York Swing...

Veterans Day weekend and the Chicago Wolves take their annual swing through Upstate New York and to Hamilton for an intense weekend of hockey, hockey, hockey. At this point in the season Chicago's finest are undefeated in regulation time. Syarause, Hamilton and the always pesky Amerks were spoiling for the chance to change that record. Fortunately for the Wolves and the eight hardy faithful fans that made the trip the home teams went home to their beds bitterly disapointed and the Wolves impressive record is still intact.

Here are some images from the road:


Monday, November 5, 2007

Admirals Hand Wolves First Loss of Season.

On October 27th, the Saturday before All Hollows eve we packed up the van and following the Chicago Wolves headed north to Milwaukee for the first meeting the Ads' and the Wolves. Chicago had a pristine 6:0 record at puck drop that was not to survive the night. The tired Wolves lost their first game to the team Chicago fans had decided to take for granted this year. Look again- Coach Claude Noel may be gone but Milwaukee's back and ready to pick up where they left off last year. "Never Say Die"? OK, I'll give you this one Milwaukee, but there will be a next time!

Here are a few images of the game.