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By The Columbia Chronicle

Do you want to see a championship hockey team play live for the low cost of just $9 per ticket? This year you have the opportunity to as the Chicago Wolves defend their Turner Cup.

This year’s team includes ten returning players from last years team. Head coach John Anderson returns for his first full season after joining midway last year. The Wolves will be lead by sniper Steve Maltais. Maltais has been with the team since they started in 1994 and has emerged as one of the IHL’s premiere goal scorers. Last year he tallied 50 goals for the Wolves. Another key player for the Wolves is goalie Wendell Young. Young is in his sixteenth season of professional hockey, and has also been with the wolves since ‘94. Last year Young became the first player in history to win the Stanley Cup, Turner Cup, Calder Cup, and Memorial Cup. Young enters this season with a record nine playoff appearances, and currently ranks seventh all-time in the playoffs with a 2.79 goals against average.

Joining the team this year are two former Blackhawks, James Black, who is on loan, and Craig Mills, who was part of the Roenick/Zhamnov trade. Another newcomer is veteran goalie Pat Jablonski. The Skokie native was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in 1985. His lengthy NHL experience will enable coach Anderson to rest Young in certain situations.

After winning the Turner Cup last season the Wolves popularity has soared. The have switched radio stations from WCBR, 927 FM to WIDB 950 AM. The move will benefit the team as WIDB reaches more of the Chicagoland area as opposed to WCBR. The Wolves will also be televised as local cable stations of Media One, Time Warner, Jones Intercable, Prime Cable of Chicago and all TCI systems will carry over twenty games this season.

With fan interest a quality team and the Turner Cup in their locker room the Wolves are a sure bet to be hungry for a repeat this season.

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