Some of you may have noticed that information on the Chicago Wolves is a little harder to come by than information about the Manitoba Moose. I suspect it may be because no one seems to cover the Wolves.
Frankly, why would anyone in Chicago want to? They’re a AHL team in the same city as an NHL team, and worse, they’re the affiliate of the NHL team’s greatest natural rival. It’d be like a gazelle doing a story on the lion cubs learning to hunt him.
But if it’s Wolves info you’re after, don’t lament the missing middle man — just get it yourself. The Wolves host the Abbotsford Heat on Thursday, December 22nd, and the game will be locally televised. You can catch Jordan Schroeder, Mike Duco, Victor Oreskovich, Billy Sweatt, Eddie Lack, and all the rest at 5pm on Shaw Cable from Whistler to Hope.
Here’s hoping Chris Tanev is back with the Canucks by then, but if he’s not, he’ll be there too.
Furthermore, the feed will be the one from Chicago, meaning the announcers will be biased in favour of the team you’re cheering for. This is, as we all know, the same thing as being unbiased.
According to Heat play-by-play guy Ryan Pinder (@RyanPinder), it should be a heated game:
This is a huge season series for the Abbotsford Heat. In the first two years of existence the club’s rivalry with Manitoba was the biggest rival in a landslide. Big crowds, tense atmosphere in the building and inspired hockey as a result. The Canucks farm-hands always seem to draw interest in the Heat from VAN media outlets that can’t otherwise be garnered… which makes sense.
Yes it does. Plus the Heat are really good. Pinder again:
The Heat is GOOD!!!! 2 points out of first place in the ENTIRE AHL… if this were English Soccer they’d be inline for promotion to the Premiership… I can’t wait to play Arsenal.
Heck, considering how their NHL team is playing, maybe promoting the Heat might not be such a bad idea.
If you’re wondering, the Wolves make two trips to town this season, playing Abbotsford on January 24th and 25th and returning on March 29th and 30th. Presumably, Canuck nation will be well represented, either to catch a glimpse of the Canuck prospects or the 20+ members of the Canucks front office slated to attend, or just to enjoy the $2 beers and $1 hot dogs.
I’ll be at each of these games, and if you can’t make it any of them, you can still catch me: I’ve been invited to be Pinder’s colour commentator for all four games. Seriously. I assume this has more to do with my Abbotsford roots than my fame, especially since I have plenty of the former and a complete lack of the latter.
Anyway. I highly recommend tuning in to Abbotsford’s 107.1 FM in January and March to check out what will be my first experience as a colour man ever. I expect to fail spectacularly. Don’t be late tuning in, either, just in case I pull a Jenny Slate and drop an F bomb 32 seconds after we hit the air.
And again, don’t forget to check out the Wolves on Shaw on Thursday.Tags: career moves, Chicago Wolves, ryan pinder