Call of the Wild

We've moved!

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Patrick Boylan

I write the Wolves blog for ChicagoNow

The staff of Call of the Wild has changed our URL and the direction of this site. To continue to follow our coverage of women's flat-track roller derby, the Chicago Blackhawks prospects in the Rockford IceHogs, the Force (Chicago's own women's professional full-contact football team), para games, professional rodeo and sled hockey use our redirect.


An excellent Chicago Wolves site is maintained by our friends Vlad and Holly Len at Wolfkeeper

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Gallery 82 - Shoot Out Loss for IceHogs

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Kris Gray

I feel blessed to be able to combine my love of photgraphy with my love of hockey. Raised in a family that avidly followed the sports of Pro Wrestling, Roller Derby, Nascar and the Chicago Bears.

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Netting the Game Winning Goal for the Texas Stars in a Shoot Out was Mathieu Tousignant.

It was Trick or Treat Night at the Metro Centre on Wednesday night and the Texas Stars went home with the WIN in their candy bag. The IceHogs lost to the Stars in a Shoot Out after nine rounds, 4-3. Even though the game contained no fights nor scrums, it certainly did not lack for action. Referee Ian Croft appeared to let the teams just play the game, calling a total of seven infractions for the entire night.

After the game the IceHogs players sat at tables set up on the ice and children were able to go around the tables to each player Trick or Treating. The kids were treated to a large assortment of items donated by area corporate sponsors. The players appeared to really enjoy interacting with the kids as they passed out the treats.

 

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Uproar on the Lakeshore Women's Championship Roller Derby November 5-8 Right here in Chicago!

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Jane Rickard

I'm nuts just ask anybody.


Get out your day books baby, there will be plenty of people at the UIC Pavilion eating, sleeping and talking derby for three days in just a week and a half.  You can bet Call of the Wild will be there with ring side seats.  Just to get you going this morning here is a taste of some classic derby action from the not so distant past., featuring our own Windy City Rollers.


Here is the link for tickets, be there or be square!

http://www.uproaronthelakeshore.com/

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Gallery 81 - IceHogs Beat Wolves in OT 4-3

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Kris Gray

I feel blessed to be able to combine my love of photgraphy with my love of hockey. Raised in a family that avidly followed the sports of Pro Wrestling, Roller Derby, Nascar and the Chicago Bears.

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Igor Makarov was named #1 Star of the Game for scoring the game winning goal in OT.

It was an exciting time at the Metro Centre in Rockford last night during the game between the Rockford IceHogs and the Chicago Wolves. While it thundered and lightninged outside, there seemed to be a storm raging inside too. Within the first 3 1/2 minutes of the game there was 1 goal scored and 2 fights. The final score for the night was the IceHogs winning in OT 4-3. Referee Shaun Davis handed out a total penalty minutes of 43 for 13 infraction to Rockford and 37 for 14 infraction to Chicago.

 

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Gallery 80 - IceHogs Melted by the Heat

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Kris Gray

I feel blessed to be able to combine my love of photgraphy with my love of hockey. Raised in a family that avidly followed the sports of Pro Wrestling, Roller Derby, Nascar and the Chicago Bears.

 

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The Rockford IceHogs lost last night to the Abbotsford Heat, 4-1. One bright spot of the night was seeing former IceHog Matt Keith, who is now playing with the Heat.

Blackhawks' prospect, Jeremy Morin, appeared to receive a injury to his right leg late in the 3rd frame and needed help getting off the ice.

 

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Chad Denny- A fresh start !

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Jane Rickard

I'm nuts just ask anybody.

IMG_6781.jpgSeveral years ago while attending the Red Wings Traverse City Rookie Tournament  the Atlanta Thrashers rookie lineup featured a 17 year old with a deadly wrister and wicked check, Chad Denny. After impressing at the tournament  Denny finished his Major Juniors in Lewiston Maine and signed with the Thrashers when he became eligible at age 19.  

For three years Denny seemed to struggle in the Thrashers system and never lived up to the promise that was so evident at that opening tourney. In his third and final year of his contract Denny spent most of the year in Georgia with the Wolves AA affiliate the Gwinnett Gladiators. However this morning good news came to Call of the Wild, Denny has a fresh start !


This summer we had followed him from the Philadelphia Flyer camp, no luck there then the word that Denny is with the Utah Grizzlies, the ECHL affiliate of the Calgary Flames. 

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Good luck and good hunting to Denny in the clear mountain air.

Gallery 79-Lane Tech, Lake View, Gordon Tech and Amundsen Football 2010 Season

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Jane Rickard

I'm nuts just ask anybody.

This fall as part of the shifting in editorial focus of Call of the Wild  it is time the photographers let our readers in on some of the other insanity they cover in their lives.  Indeed the Wilds cameras never sleep, this is a "Best of" gallery of the seasons of the four high schools that we cover. 


 Headlines today often focus on the negativity surrounding our best asset, our youth.  These students keep their grades up in order to play, leave it all on the field often in programs in danger of being cut due to budget constraints. The dedication of the players, managers,coaches and parents is to be respected and honored no matter where they list in the standings at the end of the season.  It is in that spirt we at Call of the Wild say, well done.

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Hogs take two in a row from Heat, spoil Abbotsford's home opening weekend

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Saturday night's game had the makings of a revenge game for the Heat. The previous night, the Heat were shut out at home in their season opener and were distracted from their game late in the third when penalties and fists started flying. Abbotsford would also try to solve Alec Richards, who earned his second start in as many nights for the 'Hogs.

The first period was a defensive game as only 13 shots took place, and no one found the back of the net.

Revenge did not look well for the Heat at the start of the second as Jeremy Morin lit the lamp for his third goal of the young season while Rockford was on their second powerplay of the night.

What would happen next would come as a shock to the 'Hogs, as Abbotsford tallied three goals in a matter of 51 seconds. Center John Armstrong scored the first goal, while ex-IceHog Matt Keith tallied the next goal (his third of the year), and Keith Seabrook (brother of Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook) tallied the third goal, which was on a powerplay.

Shaken, but not stirred, Richards remained in the game.

Rockford would answer six minutes later with their second powerplay goal of the night when Jeff Taffe found the mesh for his second time of the season.

The 'Hogs would convert their third powerplay of the night seven minutes into the third when veteran Ryan Potulny tagged his second goal of the season, knotting the score at three.

After a five minute overtime, and no winner decided, the game went to a shootout.

Abbotsford gained the edge in the first two rounds as Keith and Bryce Cameron converted on their shots, while Morin scored on his attempt for the 'Hogs.

Down, but not out, the 'Hogs converted on two of their next three rounds as Ivan Vishnevskiy and Brandon Pirri converted on their attempts. Richards stoned the three remaining Heat shooters, giving Rockford a 4-3 shootout victory.

Hogs beat the Heat, Richards gets shutout

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This past weekend, the 'Hogs traveled to Abbotsford, British Columbia to face the Abbotsford Heat for a two-game series Friday and Saturday, Oct. 15-16, with the first night being the Heat's home opener.

Rockford was successful last year against the Heat, finishing with a 3-1 record. The 'Hogs lost the first game of the series, which took place in Abbotsford, but won the final three matchups including two of two at home.

After a long road trip to Abbotsford, the 'Hogs were ready to play, and came out firing. They also came out undisciplined, taking the first four penalties of the game. Less than four minutes into the game, Morin was tagged for a holding the stick penalty. Rockford successfully killed the penalty, and answered just 43 seconds later with the first goal of the night. Ryan Stanton took a shot from the point, which was fended off by Heat netter Leland Irving, but Evan Brophey was there to collect the loose change and tap home his second goal of the season.

Just after killing off their third penalty of the night, Rockford beat their previous time and scored 42 seconds later. This time, Rob Klinkhammer tallied his second of the season. Lalonde was the only player credited with the assist, but Klinkhammer and Beach created a great amount of traffic in front of the net, causing Irving to scramble in search of the puck. Klinkhammer grabbed the puck while traversing the back side of the net and slid it in to give the 'Hogs a 2-0 lead.

Scoring after a penalty seemed to be a trend on this Friday night as Rockford would tally a third goal after killing off a penalty. This time, Jeff Taffe came racing out of the box just as the puck was crossing center ice. Taffe grabbed the puck in full stride with no one in front of him except for Irving. Taffe deked left and went back to the forehand and beat Irving for a 4-0 'Hogs lead.

Just a few minutes later, while on their first man-advantage, the Hogs added to their total when Morin picked up a hot rebound off an Ivan Vishnevskiy shot, increasing the lead to three.

Rockford would tally their fifth goal of the night when a shot from the point by Brian Connelly was tipped in by Brandon Pirri.

Things would start to get ugly as fists were being thrown out left and right, as well as penalties. Three fights, including two game misconducts would be handed out, giving each team a total of 11 penalties throughout the night.

Finally, Rockford's special teams came alive, going 2-5 on the man advantage and 5-5 on the kill. But just as important, 'Hogs goalie Alec Richards put in a strong bid as starting goaltender as he stopped all 27 shots he faced, earning his first career shutout and player of the game honors.

Hogs drop game 6-2 V Rivermen

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BY TODD REICHER


Rockford's goal-a-period scoring trend would continue into the Tuesday, October 12 game against the Peoria Rivermen, however, with drastic results as the team was unable to keep up with the St. Louis affiliate, dropping the game 6-2.

A recent theme this year for the 'Hogs is getting into penalty trouble. Not only that, but they are not able to successfully get out of these predicaments. 

Less than two minutes into the game, Danis-Pepin was tagged for a delay of game penalty. Peoria quickly converted on the opportunity, taking a 1-0 lead. 


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IceHogs score first win, 5-4, over Grifs

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BY TODD REICHER


The 'Hogs faced the Grand Rapids Griffins in their first matchup of the season. Last season, the 'Hogs played well against the Griffins, finishing the eight-game series with a 7-0-1 record, and looked to continue their success this season.

The 'Hogs needed a win to finish the opening weekend 1-1. The other incentive for the 'Hogs to play well was Lord Stanley's Cup was in town, along with the Campbell Bowl, Conn Smythe Trophy and Norris Trophy. The Blackhawks' future players needed to put forth an excellent effort in honor of the special visitors. Before the 'Hogs had the opportunity to redeem themselves, there was other business to attend to.

As the lights dimmed, the crowd roared with applause as a red carpet and small round table was placed at center ice. Shortly thereafter, Chicago Blackhawks Vice President and General Manager Stan Bowman rolled onto the ice in the backseat of a convertible car with the Stanley Cup placed beside him.

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A Quiet Moment Please.

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Jane Rickard

I'm nuts just ask anybody.


One of the founding members of Call of The Wild, Kris Gray's Father passed away earlier today after a long illness.  Kris and her talent are the heart and soul of this effort and our thoughts are with her and her family at this difficult time.


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IceHogs start opening week slow, losing opener 5-2 to Moosegoing 1-2 in first three games.

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The Chicago Blackhawks AHL affiliate,The Rockford IceHogs, started off the 2010-2011 regular season Saturday, Oct. 9, with a 5-2 loss against the visiting Manitoba Moose.

This season displays a newer, younger, faster team, but the beginning of the game seemed to take the tone of how the 'Hogs played in the postseason last year. The theme continued of the 'Hogs falling behind and trying to play catch-up.

Five minutes into the new season, the 'Hogs fell behind as Manitoba's winger Jonas Andersson tallied the first goal of the game. Andersson took the puck hard to the net, and 'Hogs' netminder Hannu Toivoinen couldn't contain a rebound, which Andersson picked up from his initial shot and slipped past Toivoinen.

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Gallery 78-Chicago Outfit Syndicate Wows Crowd Beating Killamazoo Derby Darlins 213-31

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Jane Rickard

I'm nuts just ask anybody.

It was not for lack of trying the Kalamazoo ladies were in there fighting right up until the last but the lopsided score told the tale.  Despite their best efforts it was going to be a long ride back to Kalamazoo.

This was the last home bout for the Outfit, you can follow them for the rest of their road season at Chicagooutfitrollerderby.com .  


November 5-7th the Windy City Rollers will be hosting the Uproar on the Lakeshore. The Women's Roller Derby Championship, the bouts will be held at the UIC Pavilion on Racine.  Details can be found at Uproaronthelakeshore.com  Call of the Wild will be there to cover the action from start to finish. As with every derby evert, be there or be square.


Here is some of the action from last night's bout.



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Gallery 77-Rockford IceHogs Gored by Manitoba Moose 5-2

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Jane Rickard

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Yes, there was no joy in Rockford last night the home team went down in their season opener to the Manitoba Moose. Coach Claude Noel's Moose took control early scoring at 5:35 by Jonas Andersson and never released their grasp on the Hogs.  The Hogs still look like they are working out the early season kinks while the Moose look like they have been skating together for weeks. 


If this early season poise is an example of what the Moose have to show us this season. Could this be the year that Coach Noel takes these perennial bridesmaids through the Calder finals, to kiss the cup? We shall see in the spring.


As always here are he images of the game.

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Gallery 76 - IceHogs lose to Admirals 3-2

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Kris Gray

I feel blessed to be able to combine my love of photgraphy with my love of hockey. Raised in a family that avidly followed the sports of Pro Wrestling, Roller Derby, Nascar and the Chicago Bears.

 

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In goal for the Rockford IceHogs was Alec Richards on Friday night October 1, 2010.

The Milwaukee Admirals handed the Rockford IceHogs a pre-season Shoot Out loss this past Friday night, October 1st, in Rockford. Photos in the gallery are from that game.

 

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Gallery 75 - IceHogs Top Rivermen in Pre-Season Shoot Out

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Kris Gray

I feel blessed to be able to combine my love of photgraphy with my love of hockey. Raised in a family that avidly followed the sports of Pro Wrestling, Roller Derby, Nascar and the Chicago Bears.

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Netminder, Danny Battochio, appears to be a big fan of The Dark Knight's. Battochio replaced IceHogs' Joe Palmer in goal with 8 minutes left in the 2nd period.

The IceHogs played their first pre-season game on Tuesday in Rockford against the Peoria Rivermen, defeating the Rivermen in a Shoot Out 5-4.

In looking over the rosters, not many players at this point in time are very familiar. With a lot of players still recalled to the Chicago Blackhawks, it's still uncertain how many of last season's IceHogs players will remain with the Blackhawks and who will be assigned to Rockford. IceHogs' Training Camp just opened this past Sunday September 25th, while the Blackhawks Camp opened on September 18th.  

IceHog Zack Torquato introduced himself to the fans in a big way during the game. He scored two goals during regulation play and then scored an additional goal during the Shoot Out. The 21 year old Ontario native signed a AHL contract with the IceHogs this past July. This will be his first professional season. Welcome to Rock Vegas Zack!

The next pre-season game is scheduled for Friday October 1st at 7:05pm at the Metro Centre in Rockford against the Milwaukee Admirals. The IceHogs open their season at home on October 9th. They have planned a Fan Fest for prior to the game to help kick off the season.

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Battochio reacts to the puck flying by.

 

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Gallery 74 - WCR All Stars vs. Texas Roller Girls

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In last night's main event for the Windy City Rollers, the Texas Roller Girls (aka The Texecutioners) faced off against the All Stars.  Coming into the match, the Rollers and the Texecutioners were ranked #10 and #11 respectively.  So it looked to be a close battle but ultimately the All Stars took the lead early and kept it throughout the match for a final score of 88-62.  

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Gallery 73 - WCR Second Wind vs. Naptown Tornado Sirens

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Last night featured a double header of roller derby action for the Windy City Rollers.  To kick things off, the Windy City Rollers Second Wind Team took on the Naptown Tornado Sirens.  The Sirens dominated the match from very early on and never gave the Second Wind a chance to come back.  The final score had the Sirens up 190-78 over the Second Wind.




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The Chicago Express rolls into Hoffman Estates

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Kris Gray

I feel blessed to be able to combine my love of photgraphy with my love of hockey. Raised in a family that avidly followed the sports of Pro Wrestling, Roller Derby, Nascar and the Chicago Bears.

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The Chicago Express' primary logo was unveiled today in Hoffman Estates, IL.

Premier AA Hockey is coming back to the Chicago land area. The newest team to be added to the East Coast Hockey League held a Press Conference today at the Sears Centre. They announced that the new team's name will be the Chicago Express and it's first Head Coach will be Steve Martinson. The Express will call the Sears Centre Arena, located in Hoffman Estates, their home. The team will begin their inaugural season at the start of the 2011/2012 hockey season.  

The team is owned by C & S Family Sports. C & S Family Sports is in turn, Craig and Sue Drecktrah. The Drecktrahs are no strangers to minor league hockey as Craig was part owner of the Rockford IceHogs for several years, back when that team was in the United Hockey League. The Drecktrahs also took over ownership mid season of the already financially troubled Chicago Hounds, during what was the last season for both the Hounds and the UHL. The UHL changed it's name to the International Hockey League and the Hounds ceased operations after the 2006/2007 season ended.  

This summer, fans had the chance to submit team name suggestions to the team's website. Fans voted on-line for their favorite choices and the top four names were placed for a final vote. Marc Johnson of Bartlett, IL was the lucky fan who had submitted the name of Chicago Express. For his winning submission, Johnson was presented today with a 4 pack of Season Tickets to the 2011/2012 inaugural season for the Express. The other three names and their submitters were: Hoffman Hammers, Jeff Latzko; Chicago Blizzard, Mike Kuecker; and the Chicago Knights, Chris Bond. It was also announced that Johnson will be dropping the puck at the very first home game the Express plays at the Sears Centre.

The Team's colors will consist of navy blue, sky blue & grey and the primary logo is that of a train. The secondary logo is a train whistle. Chicago has a history with the railroad and the manufacture of train cars and the team name was chosen in tribute to this long history.

Coach Martinson comes to the team with 15 years of Coaching experience. His teams have always made the postseason playoffs and he has won 6 championships. Prior to becoming a Coach, Martinson the player, skated professionally for 12 seasons with an assortment of teams in the National and American Hockey Leagues. Martinson and his family have moved back into their home in Rockford, IL and voice their excitement at being back in the state line area. He states that his kids are playing hockey in Rockford already.

C & S Family Sports offers affordable family-friendly excitement for hockey fans of all ages. The Chicago Express is currently offering season ticket packages for sale.

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Newly named Head Coach for the Chicago Express, Steve Martinson.

 

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Owner & CEO of the Chicago Express, Craig Drecktrah.

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Present & General Manager for the Chicago Express, Wade Welsh.

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On hand for the Chicago Express unveiling was Hoffman Estates Mayor, Bill McLeod and ECHL Commisioner, Brian McKenna.

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Craig Drecktrah presents Marc Johnson with a 4 pack of Season Tickets for the upcoming 2011/2012 opening season for the Chicago Express. Johnson submitted the winning name for the new hockey team.

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Gallery 72 - Clowns, and Shriners, and Cowboys! Oh, My!

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Kris Gray

I feel blessed to be able to combine my love of photgraphy with my love of hockey. Raised in a family that avidly followed the sports of Pro Wrestling, Roller Derby, Nascar and the Chicago Bears.

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Third in a series of three reports and galleries from the rodeo that took place September 11, 2010 in Belvidere, IL. The rodeo was produced by the Tebala Shriner Horse Patrol and Big Hat Rodeo Company. The Tebela Shriner Horse Patrol is a part of the Tebala Shrine in Rockford, IL. Big Hat Rodeo Company is in association with the International Professional Rodeo Association and the Central States Rodeo Association.

This gallery consists of an assortment of photos from the Cowgirl Barrel Racing, entertainment acts, specialty races and of course, candid shots of Cowboys.

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Wade Phelps walks to the gate after bging tossed off the bull named "Touched by Madness".

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Adam Eaton, a member of the Tebala Shriner Horse Patrol, competes in the Donkey Race. Members of the audience were also encouraged to enter this fun race.

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Gallery 71 - Bull-ish Intentions

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Kris Gray

I feel blessed to be able to combine my love of photgraphy with my love of hockey. Raised in a family that avidly followed the sports of Pro Wrestling, Roller Derby, Nascar and the Chicago Bears.

 

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Showing his winning style is Andrew Bark.

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Andrew Bark dismounts his bull after the buzzer sounds, completing a full 8 second ride. He scored 81 points and took 1st Place for the afternoon performance.

It's been said that Bull Riding is the most dangerous sport in the world. Each bull averages 1500 pounds of bucking, twisting, out of control muscle and these brave young men literally take their life into their own hands every time they climb on board. The Big Hat Rodeo company, along with the Tebala Horse Patrol put on two rodeo performances this past Saturday September 11, 2010 in Belvidere, IL. The Big Hat Rodeo Company is associated with the International Professional Rodeo Association and the Central States Rodeo Association.

Bull Riders appear to take their sport very seriously, as they prepare their equipment religiously before each ride they take. Ropes are waxed, body joints are taped and wrapped for support and protection, tops of boots are tied tight with leather laces or tape, chaps are applied to their legs, and protective vests are put fastened on. Proper protective gear is not only necessary, but very expensive. Each rider brings to the rodeo, everything he needs to ride a bull, from his spurs to even the rope he hangs onto during the ride. Outfitting a rider with even the most budget priced gear will cost close to if not over $1000. While some riders wear a helmet, the majority seem to go with the traditional cowboy hat to cover their heads. But, can you really put a price on the safety of your life?

The only rider who was able to complete the required 8 second ride was Andrew Bark. He scored a big 81 points for his afternoon ride, while all of the other cowboys posted non-qualifying rides. For viewing below is a assortment of photos taken during the Saturday afternoon performance.

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The equipment of Bruce Brock hangs on the outside of a holding pen, ready for use in his upcoming ride.

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Gallery 70 - Ride 'em Cowboy!

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Kris Gray

I feel blessed to be able to combine my love of photgraphy with my love of hockey. Raised in a family that avidly followed the sports of Pro Wrestling, Roller Derby, Nascar and the Chicago Bears.

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Shane Hand rode to victory with 71 points in the Saddle Bronc Riding event on Saturday afternoon.

The Rodeo rode into Belvidere, IL on September 11, 2010, bringing with it an assortment of entertainment. The Big Hat Rodeo company, teamed with the Tebala Horse Patrol, featured two performances yesterday. The light crowds in the grandstand did not diminish the grit and fortitude these men and women performed with. The evening's show was minus a few contestants due to injuries they had received during the afternoon performance.

There were several unusual things that happened during both the afternoon and evening performances. During the afternoon a runaway bronc busted through the main arena gate with his rider, Wade Phelps hanging on for dear life. Later, Phelps was later seen seeking medical care from the Paramedics stationed at the arena. Phelps was able to complete later in the show in the Bull Riding event. Saddle Bronc Rider, Shane Hand seemed to be having a tough time during the evening event. His first horse managed to drive him hard up into the guard rails and he was granted a re-ride. During Hand's re-ride the horse appeared to knock itself out when it barreled headfirst into the guard rail. Horse and rider fell to the ground and trapping Hand's left leg underneath the unconscious horse until workers could free him. Both Hand and the horse were able to walk away from the incident.

The photos featured below in the gallery are mainly from the afternoon performance of Bareback & Saddle Bronc Riding and the Tie-Down & Team Roping events. Also included is photos from Hand's evening Saddle Bronc ride.

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Gallery 69 - Chicago Outfit vs. Sioux Falls Roller Dollz

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We're expanding our coverage of roller derby action here in Chicago to include the Chicago Outfit.  The Chicago Outfit, like the Windy City Rollers, is a member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), and has recently been promoted up from the WFTDA's apprentice program.  

In our first Chicago Outfit match, the Outfit played host to the Sioux Falls Roller Dollz in a major blowout.  The Outfit started by taking a big lead and never looked back, consistently taking lead jammer status and dominating the entire match.  At half time the score was already 93-15 and it only got worse from there with a final score of 194-24 in favor of the Outfit.  

The Outfit will be holding their final match of the season on October 9th in a double header against Killmazoo (Kalamazoo, MI) and Lafayette (Lafayette, IN).   

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Gallery 68-Windy City Rollers host to Texas Roller Girls on September 25th.

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Jane Rickard

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The wait is almost over roller derby fans, the Windy City Rollers will roll again against Texas on September 25th.  The Second Wind will face off against Texas Naptown at 6:00pm and the Windy City All Stars go against the Texecutioners at 7:30pm.  The location as usual is the UIC Pavilion at 525  Racine. Be there or be square!


Here are a few photos of the Denver bout last month to get you in the mood for all the fun.

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Start marking your day book the Wolves Calendar is out.

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Jane Rickard

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Unlike our European counterparts who's elite leagues open in the next few days the North American hockey fans still have four weeks to go until the start of action on this side of the pond.

The Chicago Wolves season regular season starts with a three game road series in San Antonio on October 8th,Oklahoma City on the 10th and Milwaukee on the 15th.Saturday. October 16th the Wolves hit home ice to meet old rivals the Milwaukee Admirals after having the road games to shake the dust from their tail feathers. For the remaining days of October the boys are at home facing Abbotsford Heat, Rockford IceHogs, Oklahoma Barons and the Texas Stars.The lone away game is Saturday October 23,against the IceHogs always a good time to be had in Rockford.


The Wolves then spend the next three weeks on the road on their annual "Circus Trip" while the elephants and clowns take over the Allstate. They return on November 20th to face the Houston Aeros, the Lake Erie Monsters on the 21st and 23rd. A quick road trip to Peoria on the 26th  back on the 27th to face Grand Rapids and end the month facing Manitoba Moose.  At this point in the season they have played all but two regular opponents the plus North Division teams with the exception of the Hamilton Bulldogs and the Toronto Marlies.  


Now begins the yearly chant in the West, over the season we will be playing Milwaukee and Rockford 10 games each, Oklahoma City 8, San Antonio and the Texas Stars 6 each, Abbotsford 4.  Intra Division game with teams from the North Division  Manitoba, Hamilton,and Lake Erie 4 games each. We will not see any teams from the mythical East or Atlantic where legend has it due to low travel times between games players sleep in their own beds each night and coaches tuck them in with a cup of coco, marshmallows optional. Yes, teams in these divisions are so geographically close together, with the exception of Hershey these teams can go several years without purchasing plane tickets to travel between games. 


It is past time to roll the boys out of their eiderdown quilts.There is no reason at least some of these Eastern and Atlantic teams can't hop a plane and see and play in the big bad west. In past years at least one team ventured out past the Mississippi,however. for the last two years, none. Both Texas teams rack up the frequent flyer miles just as part of their regular schedules. The rest of the West division has to travel to them.  It is time for the East and Atlantic to help make the American Hockey League a more diverse league and shake the small town bus league image they hold so dear in the East.  Who knows, they may actually get to like room service hot chocolate and the odd long road trip.Coffee cup with whipped cream topping on table, elevated view 


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Where are they now?


Ex-Chicago Wolf Colin Stewart has inked a one year contract with the Buffalo Sabers. Details of the deal were not revealed.

Gallery 67 - Rodeo Cowboys

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Kris Gray

I feel blessed to be able to combine my love of photgraphy with my love of hockey. Raised in a family that avidly followed the sports of Pro Wrestling, Roller Derby, Nascar and the Chicago Bears.

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Pictured: Bull Rider Smith Baggett, from Georgia.

Professional Rodeos are alot like Professional Hockey Leagues in that there are many different associations and divisions. The Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association to Rodeo is what the National Hockey League is to Hockey, the Best of the Best. 

The PRCA is the oldest and largest sanctioning body for Pro Rodeo Cowboys. In 1975 the PRCA evolved from the Rodeo Cowboys Association which in turn had evolved from the Cowboys Turtle Association. The CTA was the first governing body established to protect the rights of the professional cowboy in 1936. The PRCA governs about one third of all professional rodeos staged here in the United States. Cowboys and Cowgirls of all ages can compete at all levels including Junior, High School, Collegiate and Professional. Cowgirls, Bullfighters and Rodeo Clowns  all have their own associations too.

There are several standard events that Cowboys/Cowgirls usually compete in at a Rodeo: Bareback riding, Steer wrestling, Team roping, Saddle bronc riding, Tie-down roping, Barrel racing and Bull riding. While Barrel racing is primarily for Girls/Women, Boys/Men are allowed to compete also at all levels. 

Here are some additional photographs taken on August 14, 2010 when the Big Hat Rodeo was in Belvidere, IL. Unfortunately, we are not able to add the names of the Cowboys to the photos, as there was no program/roster sheet handed out at the Rodeo.

 

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Wolves Comings and Goings...

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Jane Rickard

I'm nuts just ask anybody.

A couple of new guys and a few of the old ones...

Freddy Meyer has signed a two -way contract with Atlanta, During his college years he had a reputation as  a bit of a Captain Hook since then he has accumulated groin, and back injuries. He will probably see time in Chicago.

 

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Mark Matheson #20 in Milwaukee colors, 4/10

Trading blue for maroon, Mark Matheson,inked a contract with the Wolves.  This defenceman scored 17 points last season with the Admirals, sounds good to me!  

Back Again: Patrick Galvin and Jamie Hunt, both looked good last year. welcome back guys.

New Guy: Former Wisconsin Badger Michael Davies.

Peter Maninno  has reached a multi-year contract with Atlanta .

Another Atlanta acquisition Clint Malarchuk, possibly remembered by many hockey fans as the goalie who had his throat slashed during play when he was a Buffalo Sabre.  has been signed by Atlanta as a goal tending consultant.". 

Where are they now???

Brad Larson: Was named Assistant Coach of the Springfield Falcons American Hockey League affiliate of the Columbus Bluejackets.  Good luck to him as he starts his coaching career.

Longtime Wolves Blueliner Brian Sipotz will be playing in Italy this season.  Bonna Fortuna.

 

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Mike Hoffman keeping order during the 08-09 season.

Classic enforcer Mike Hoffman is going to help Sean McMorrow fill out his dance card in the Elites. Hoffman has just inked a contract with the Belfast Giants, details of the contract were not announced.  The Giants season starts September 11 against the Coventry Blaze for those looking for an early dose of hockey the game will be available on the web here is the link. http://www.giantslive.tv/

The Giants will also be facing the Boston Bruins on October 7th in a friendly matchup game time is 2:00 pm Central time the game is scheduled to be webcast.

 

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Mike Hoffman and Sean McMorrow now both of the Elites will soon be facing each other in Scotland and Ireland.

 

 

 

Gallery 66 - WCR All Stars vs. RMRG 5280 Fight Club

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Steve

In the second match of the night, the Windy City Rollers All Stars took on the Rocky Mountain Roller Girls 5280 Fight Club.  It was an incredibly physical match but it was never close with the Roller Girls dishing out a 151-56 defeat.  The unusual tactics of the Rocky Mountain Roller Girls continue to stymie their opponents and they easily demonstrated that they deserve that #3 power ranking.

 

 

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Gallery 65 - WCR Second Wind vs. RMRG B-Team

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Steve

Last night featured some fierce roller derby action in Chicago with the Windy City Rollers taking on the Rocky Mountain Roller Girls.  Going into the match the Rollers were ranked #10 while the Roller Girls were ranked #3.  The question for the evening was whether the Rollers were underrated or if the Roller Girls were continuing with the strength they showed last season.

To begin the night, the Roller's Second Wind team, took on the B-Team from the Rocky Mountain Roller Girls.  It was a very close game with the Roller Girls managing to maintain a narrow lead throughout the evening.  Ultimately it all came down to the last jam and once the Roller Girls secured lead jammer status it was just a matter of time.  Final Score: Rollers 124, Roller Girls 130.  

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