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Bliss reported to have won opener; Stats not up yet-- 5 days later


So, the Chicago Bliss had their opener. This blog, which has followed the Chicago Force, contacted the Bliss several times over the summer with a request to watch their workouts. The request went to Los Angeles and then died.

 

So, we do not have a lot of information for you on the Chicago Bliss and their winning game, a season opener at that. It is one of just two appearances for the team at the...more


Boosters oversell benefits of sports venues; Say NO to 2016


Jeff Long and Ken Manson report at the Chicago Tribune about the troubles that are beginning to ensnare the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. It was a story covered in part in this column too, when the United Hockey League Chicago Hounds were unable to reach an agreement with the Sears Centre for a lease renewal and folded. It could also be the future story of the Metro Centre in Rockford, home of the American Hockey League Rockford IceHogs and...more


Patrick Kane Has his first Day in Court.


Patrick and  James Kane went on the record today entering a plea of not guilty before Buffalo Chief City Judge Thomas P. Amodeo.
 to misdemeanor and violation charges tied to the alleged assault of Jan Radecki a Buffalo cab driver on August 10th.

In a short statement to reporters outside of the courtroom according to the Buffalo News Patrick Kane stated "Today was a tough day for us. You know, I just reiterated to the judge that I'm not guilty of any crime, and I'm confident in the legal process," . He said.
"Right now, much more can't be...more


Back to Buffalo for Patrick Kane


It's misdemeanors and a violation each for Patrick Kane and his cousin James M Kane.  According to the Buffalo News the the Erie County  grand jury passed down bills of inditement  for charges of third-degree assault and theft of services, both misdemeanors and harassment, a violation. No felony charges there for either Kane.  
Both Patrick and James Kane will be in Buffalo City  court tomorrow for arraignment.  It would be typical of a first offender case such as this that the Kane's attorney, Paul Cambria will be working for a plea arrangement with DA Frank Sedita III.  We shall...more


Patrick Kane Arrested in Buffalo New York


Nine days ago 20 year old Blackhawk star,  Patrick Kane was arrested in Buffalo NY with a relative for fourth degree robbery, theft of services and criminal mischief.  He stands accused of beating Jan Radecki, a cab driver in a rage over twenty cents.  That's right twenty cents, one fifth of a dollar less than a quarter, you can't even make a phone call with twenty cents!
The absurdity...more


New amenities for UC 300 level; Why not at AA too?


Ed Sherman, at Crain's Chicago Business, talks about the rebranding of the 300 level of the United Center. Now called the Madhouse on Madison, there will be new amenities and services.

 

Speaking as a Wolves fan, I've always wondered why the Wolves don't brand certain sections. I loved the old days when fans in the 200 level said they were in the attic. But all this activity came from the fans, not the club. Why haven't the Wolves, the team that bills itself for the fans, helped the fans assume identities in their sections?


Kalamazoo and Toledo Announce Affiliations


The speculation is over, the Kalamazoo K-Wings in their newly minted East Coast Hockey League affiliation have joined forces with the San Jose Sharks and the Philadelphia Flyers.  Practically this means they will be funneling players to and from Wrochester Sharks and the Philadelphia Phantoms both of the American Hockey League.  

The move of K-Zoo from the IHL to the ECHL is great news for IceHog and Wolves fans, as it means the Gwinette Gladiators the shared farm team for the Wolves and Hogs will be a four hour drive away a couple of times a season. To...more


Wendell Young Named Chicago Wolves General Manager


As reported here earlier this week the American Hockey League's Chicago Wolves have named Wendell Young as General Manager .  Young seems a natural choice for the position having been with the club since its inception. First as its crown jewel in net, leading the team to Turner Cup championships as goalie in 1998 and 2000. Then as an assistant coach for the Calder Cup in 2008. All this hardware with a pair of Memorial and Stanley Cup rings on his dresser at home. His succession to G M with these championships behind him mean far more than just the...more


Wendell Young To be named General Manager of Chicago Wolves


 

Sources have told the ChiTownDailyNews that Wendell Young will be named General Manager of the Chicago Wolves tomorrow.

 

The 46 year-old Halifax, Nova Scotia native has a storied hockey career; in 1981 as a member of the Kitchener Rangers he won Canada’s Memorial Cup. His first professional championship, the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup came with the Hershey Bears in 1988.  Shortly after in 1991 and 1992 as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins he collected two National Hockey League Stanley Cup rings. In 1994 Young joined the fledgling Chicago Wolves.  Young continued as their first line goalie...more


Blackhawks snatch Cheveldayoff from Wolves; Nothing less than cups, rings and banners


Saturday, a hard wind was blowing off the prairie, leading to a hard game of softball at the Wolfpack annual summer picnic. The Wolves mascot, Skates, was doing a great job handling softballs at shortstop. I sat on a low ridge looking at the game, watching the tall prairie grass move in waves in the distance.

 

It was a moment from the past of America, the game, meaningless except for boasting rights, opened before me as it had opened for generations of Americans probably from before the American Civil War. There was the smell of beer and charcoal grills...more


Two more Wolves signings a Pohl and a Doell returns!


They have been busy boys and girls at the Wolves office this week.  On Tuesday forward Jonny Pohl was signed by the team.  Pohl  should be a familiar face and name to Wolves fans. Despite spending  last season dividing his time between the Swedish Elites and the Swiss league. Pohl comes to us after a long tenure  with  Toronto Marlies, including being named team Most Valuable Player of 2005.  If memory serves correctly he is a “physical “ player and will be a factor near the net....more


The British are Coming! David Phillips Signs as IceHog!


It was announced today by Rockford IceHogs team management that  defenseman David Phillips has been signed to a one year AHL contract with the club. http://icehogs.com/news/index.html?article_id=1583 It was first reported here that Phillips a Belfast Giant, would be attending the Chicago Blackhawks prospect camp earlier this month.  Obviously the young Englishman impressed for he will be around to carry the flag for British hockey program in Rockford for the next season.

Meanwhile back in Belfast it was announced  last week that David's older brother, Kevin Phillips, would be taking his own place...more


Wolves Parent Club comes to terms with Tim Stapleton.


Chicago Wolves may well have another local player in the line up when the season opens in October. Yesterday  the Atlanta Thrashers reached terms with La Grange native, Tim Stapleton of the Toronto Maple Leafs .  Two things to notice about this addition to the stable, first the 79 points he got last year accompanied by the 26 penalty minutes, not bad. Second his two years with the Jokerit team of Helsinki, one of the finest in Finland. A center that can score, stand up for himself yet stay out of the box, I like that.

Looks like a good...more


2010 Winter Classic Announced.


It was announced today that the 2010 Winter Classic will be played in historical Fenway Park Between the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers on New Years Day. Outdoor hockey in Fenway Park, a cup of chowder in hand this is going to be great!


Chicago's Wrigley Field getting ready for last years Winter Classic.  Next years Winter Classic  will also give another historical ball park a chance to show it's winter colors. File photo/ By Jane Rickard


Force season ends in disappointment; 40 - 14 loss to the KC Tribe


The Chicago Force women's football season ended Saturday with a 40-14 loss to the Kansas City Tribe in a semi-final game played in Kansas City. It was the second year the Force had made their way to at least the semi-finals in post-season play. The loss means the Force would not be returning to the championship finals this season.

 

“A lack of execution, missed tackles, and not capitalizing on opportunities played a key role in” the outcome, according to George Howe,...more


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