New Art Installation Celebrates Chicago Wolves 25th Season

Lisa Fielding
August 13, 2018 - 12:44 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Chicago Wolves hockey team kicked off their anniversary season at Pioneer Court on Monday.

"Twenty-five years ago, we started the Chicago Wolves. We wanted a great hockey team with a family atmosphere. We wanted it to be available to everyone so people could bring their family, enjoy a great game and be able to afford the whole experience and happily we've done that," said Don Levin, Wolves co-founder, owner.

"We're now seeing our third generation of fans which is amazing for all of us. From day one, we've only been a team with the biggest ambitions for ourselves and for Chicagoland. Some of you might remember our first home game on October 14, 1994, over 16,000 people packed the Rosemont Horizon back then to find out what the Chicago Wolves were all about."

To celebrate the 25th season, the Wolves unveiled 15 giant Wolves goalie masks as an art installation along Michigan Avenue.

"These turned out great. They look a lot like the actual masks do. These are hand painted. They are really representative of what a real goalie mask looks like," said Don McClelland, a Chicago artist who designed four of them.

"I tried to do something that was classic. I added players from the past who've made impacts that aren't goalies so that way there other players in the Wolves history that are represented too."

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"Masks designed now are works of art that often represent the athlete's passion, the city they grew up in, symbols of family, symbols of team," Levin said. "The players that wore them have brought us a lot of success."

Some of the historic players that are represented include Wendell Young, Ray LeBlanc, Stephane Beauregard and Ondrej Pavelec.

"Pavelec won all 16 post season games to backstop the Wolves to the 2008 Calder Cup championship," Levin said.

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Current players like Max Lagace, Oscar Dansk, and two 25th anniversary masks are on display featuring John Anderson who coached all four championship teams and Rob Brown who set several single season scoring records.

Each goalie mask features a different design worn by a former Wolves player, representing the team's 25 year history. Six-hundred-five players have appeared for the Wolves in the team's history. Fifty-eight prercent of these players went on to play in the NHL.

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The anniversary event was filled with slap shot competitions, photo opportunities with the Wolves mascot, Skates, along with current and former Wolves players. The grand finale on Monday night featured a pyro/laser/light show in Pioneer Court as a sneak peak for the team's new opening show, which will debut at the Wolves home opener at Allstate Arena on Saturday, Oct. 13.