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

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Jane Rickard

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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 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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Gallery 61-Windy City Rollers Roll Over the Competition

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Jane Rickard

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Saturday night the Windy City Rollers were winners in both bouts at the UIC Pavilion. In the first bout featuring the Second Wind verses the Cincinnati's Roller Girls, Chicago had a cake walk of 184 to Cincinnati's 96.  The Ohio girls were working well as a team however  were dominated by the much larger and more physical Second Wind.

The Windy City All Stars vs the Boston Derby Dames were a far more evenly matched pair of teams and pushed each other for both periods of the bout.  The final score was All Stars 121 Boston 115.  These teams were so well matched on this night it seemed unfair to send home one a looser.  


The next bout is scheduled for August 21st against  Rocky Mountain.Retired Windy City Roller Press Wrangler,  Flash Hottie  describes the Rocky Mountain ladies as "fast" and a a challenge for any team to beat. Here are some images of Saturday  night's fun.

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Gallery 60 - Derby Night Tonight!

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Tonight the Windy City Rollers All-Stars face off against The Boston Massacre.  Currently the Derby News Network Power Ranking have the Rollers and the Massacre rank #10 and #11 so it should be a heated contest. 

The match is tonight, July 31st, at UIC pavilion starting with a bout at 6:00 by the Windy City Roller's Second Wind team.  Then the main event kicks off at 7:30.  Tickets are available through ticketmaster or at the UIC pavilion box office.  


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Gallery 59- Roller Derby Rolls Back Into Town July 31st

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Jane Rickard

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To roller derby lovers it has been a long hot break between last months Ivy King Cup and the upcoming July 31st home town opener of the Windy City Rollers All Stars. The WCR welcome into town the Cincinnati Silent Lambs and the Derby Dames Boston Massacre. Historically the Rollers have done well against the Massacre. However at an east coast tournament last month when all the scores were in the Massacre had edged the Rollers out for 11th place in the national rankings. You can be sure revenge for this statical slight will be on the WCR mind.

The WCR Travel Team consists of the "All Stars" or more experienced players.  All Star team member Ying O' Fire told ChicagoNow that a more aggressive bout could be expected from the travel teams. The bouts will take place July 31st at the UIC Pavilion, 525 S. Racine. The first bout featuring the Windy City Rollers B team,  The Second Wind and Cincinnati's Silent  Lambs begins at 6:00. The second featuringWindy City Rollers All Stars and the Derby Dames Boston Massacre at 7:30. 


Bring your honey, bring the kids, your Mom and Dad on the 31st all the cool kids will be at the Pavilion cheering the ladies of the derby on.Tickets are through the WCR website (Windy City Rollers), team members, Ticketmaster or at the door.  


Be there or be square.


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Robert Probert Autopsy-No Foul Play

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Jane Rickard

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An autopsy conducted on 45 year old Robert Probert former Blackhawk enforcer has concluded that foul play did not play a part in his sudden death last week.  His family has elected to keep all other details private and they may be released only with their permission.


Probert died last week after experiencing chest pains and collapsing during a family boating trip.  Despite efforts to revive him on the water and upon reaching the shore he was pronounced dead upon reaching Windsor Regional Hospital.  The Probert family had a history of heart disease, Robert's father died of a heart attack at 41. Toxicology reports which usually are taken as part of an autopsy can take weeks or months to develop.  They will shed light on whether Robert has followed his father in the family tradition of early death due to cardiac problems. 



Gallery 58- Blackhawk Prospect Camp Day 4

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Jane Rickard

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The last day of camp, not like you remember as a Girl or Cub scout.  You can bet the guys do not start a fire and sing Kumbaya. No after four hard days of hockey there is the exit interview where advice can be given or thrilling or disappointing news is heard.  The vast majority of these young men will grab their bags, toss them into trunks and head off to the next camp in the hopes of fitting in with the next team, the next system.  This is the hard part, getting that break and sticking with a team, the bumpy part of the hockey road.

Here are Kelly's images of the last days matches.

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Gallery 57- Blackhawk Prospect Camp Day 3

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Jane Rickard

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Here there are images from Ms Kelly Manke, guest blogger,photographer, mistress of the Nikon and Blackberry!

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Gallery 57- Blackhawk Prospect Camp Day 2

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Jane Rickard

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It was another day for the prospects to show off what they can add to the Hawks system.  Kelly Manke was there to capture the action.

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Gallery 56-Blackhawk Prospect Camp 2010

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Jane Rickard

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It was the first day of Blackhawk Prospect Camp and Kelly Manke not only kept us up to the moment with on ice action she sent us these images of the day's scrimmage games.

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Gallery 55- Jane's favorite photos of 09'-10' seasons.

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Jane Rickard

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I always enjoy selecting the pieces for this entry.  It is a cross between a walk down memory lane and a personal critique of a seasons work.  It is also a collection of an artists favorite shots, I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I did shooting, editing and selecting them.

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Gallery 54-Sled Hockey in Summer -Sweet !

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Jane Rickard

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Last night the sled hockey team sponsored by the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and The Chicago Park District allowed Call of the Wild to photograph a team practice. Basically sled hockey is the same game played on rinks and ponds everywhere.  Sled hockey however is played from a sitting position on a "sled" which not only changes perspective but a few of the subtleties of the game.  The first thing I noticed was the goalie, without a butterfly these men and women playing the game have a larger area to defend, including a blind area under the sled. Size seems to matter less than speed, allowing women to compete with men on the same level.


Here are some images of the practice, these men and women play hard, the speed and contact are real, proving once again hockey is for everyone!

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So long, Farewell...Akim Aliu

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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.

The Chicago Blackhawks recently made a final decision as to the future of winger Akim Aliu with their club. On June 16th, 2010 the Blackhawks announced that Aliu was included in a multi-player trade with the Atlanta Thrashers. Blackhawks players Dustin Byfuglien, Brent Sopel, Ben Eager and Akim Aliu were traded to Atlanta in return for Jeremy Morin, Marty Reasoner, Joey Crabb and a first & second round 2010 NHL Entry Draft selections.

Aliu's hockey career can be described as nothing short of colorful to date, as trouble seemed to follow him where ever he went. The 2007 NHL Entry Draft selection by the Blackhawks, round 2 (#56 overall), was assigned to the Rockford IceHogs at the beginning of the season in 2009, after having spent the last 5 years playing in the OHL where in amassed over 400 PIM's. During 2009/2010 season he played in 48 games for the IceHogs before being sent down to the ECHL Toledo Walleyes on March 4th to finish the season.

We wish Aliu all the best as he heads to Atlanta.

Here are a few images of Aliu taken over the past 2 years...

 

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Gallery 53 - Hockey Pride

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Steve

The Stanley Cup has been making a number of appearances around Chicago and this weekend, the cup was a part of the Chicago Pride Parade.  Now former Blackhawks defensemen, Brent Sopel escorted the trophy along the parade route in honor of Brendan Burke, son of Maple Leaf's General Manager, Brian Burke.  Brendan was killed in a car accident back in Feburary, three months after coming out to his team at Miami University.  



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Gallery 51-Chicago Celebrates the Blackhawks It's Stanley Cup Champions

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Jane Rickard

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Today the city took time to congratulate the Blackhawks, our own Stanley Cup champions.  It was a city party and parade for a downtown team, just what tradition demanded.  Here are some shots of the pandemonium.

Thank you to Kelly Manke a photographer  friend from Rockford who allowed us to use her photos for this gallery.

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Gallery 50- Fury-2010 Ivy King Champions

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Jane Rickard

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Saturday night the Fury proved themselves champions and skated away with the silver for the year.  The Double Crossers plagued by injuries, well it just was not their night. Heal up and come out fighting next year!

For the already derby starved the next bout starts the traveling team season July 31st the Windy City Rollers All Stars will face Boston .  All there cool kids will be there having a good time, be there or be square!

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Gallery 49 Windy City Roller Referees

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Jane Rickard

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At the beginning of every Windy City Rollers bout the crowd is reminded that there is a third team out there working hard all night.  These are the score keepers and referees volunteers all doing a hard job for the love of the game.  This gallery is long over due and salutes these hard working folks in the center of the circle.



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Gallery 46- Fury roll over Double Crossers.

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Jane Rickard

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Saturday night was a great night for roller derby fans at the UIC Pavilion.  In a bout which as a preview of the Ivy King Championship the Fury duked it out with the Double Crossers. This bout featured some of the most interesting strategy this photographer has seen since starting to cover the sport last year. If this is what the preview was like  the championship bout is going to be a ring tailed tooter! The Fury meets the Double Crossers on June 5th in the Ivy King Cup Championship.  Bring your signs, your best derby game face  and bring a friend, last years championship was a great time and this years should be no different.


In the second bout of the night the Hells Bells lost in a heart breaker to the Manic Attackers.  The rookie Hells Bells squad has had a rough year of it finishing out the season 0-6.  What my might call a rebuilding season after losing many of their roster to the all star traveling team.


On another note regular readers of Call of the Wild may have noticed the work of Steve Stearns in previous gallery.  Steve is a new photographer to the blog and we welcome him, his talent and his wicked sense of humor.  


Here are some tasty images of Saturday's bout!


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Gallery 45-Chicago Force Play Toward Perfection

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Jane Rickard

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The women of the Chicago Force always a formidable team, are working on a perfect season, now boasting a record of 7-0. The fortunate fans who turned out for  last regular season game got to see the game under perfect conditions.  The final score was Chicago Force 7, Pittsburg Passion 0, in a well matched contest.  Yes, it was a lovely way to spend a sunny afternoon.  


Next week the force close the regular season in Kansas City.  June 12th is the first round of the playoffs.  I have been told that they just might happen here, if they do you look for ten details here!


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Gallery 44-Wolves Last Dance of 2010

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Jane Rickard

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The dust has settled on the Chicago Wolves remarkable roller coaster season.  Here re some images of the game. 

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Gallery 43-Chris Chelios Final Game in Wolves Colors

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Jane Rickard

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As hard as it was to believe in the sudden end to the Wolves come back season there was another quieter ending of sorts last Monday.  Chris Chelios announced he was considering hanging up his skates, probably in his very near future.  It seems logical for this kind of player.  The man who started the season a step ahead of the kids and jumping over the boards was now using the door to the bench.  Photos now showed him breathing through his mouth more-yes he was starting to show a slower recovery.  He was also the kind of player who was not going to play 5-7 minutes per game-Chelios is the kind of blueliner who wants to play in the high 20's and make his presence felt.  Chelios stated at his news conference on Monday he felt he no longer could do those things.  


Chelios may very possibly have a bright future coaching.  After watching his on ice leadership this season I would not be surprised.  However it is his choice to take the time to go home and be a Dad to his sons and daughters and plan for his future in hockey as it comes.


Thank you Cheli it's been a great season of photographs.



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Gallery 42-Sunday night in Rosemont and a Wolves Win!

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Jane Rickard

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We are still dealing with computer issues at Call of the Wild,  here a few days lat is Sunday's gallery.  Just in time to get you in the spirt for tomorrows game five in Texas.   


Enjoy!

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Gallery 41: Brett Sterling leaving it all on the ice.

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Jane Rickard

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 So far Brett Sterling has had a great series, he deserves his own gallery and more. Tonight as the team prepares for game three in Texas this one is for you Badger, get us a goal for those of us watching up north.


"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the fight in the dog"


Mark Twain

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Gallery 40-Friday Night Game Photos

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Jane Rickard

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It's taken three computers, two platforms and a jump drive, necessity is indeed the Mother of invention.

Here are the shots from Friday, better late than never..

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Gallery 39-Wolves win Game 7! Wolves 2-Admirals 1

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Jane Rickard

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The first round of the playoffs is behind both the Chicago Wolves and the Blackhawks.  Friday the new round begins and the stakes get higher, hitting gets harder and those cups get closer.  So close you can taste the champagne.

The next home game is Friday at 7:30 game to against the Texas Stars is Sunday at 3:00, see you at the Allstate.  Like Dickie Dunn always says "plenty of good seats are still available".



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Gallery 38- Wolves -v-Admirals Playoff Game 6 What a Game!

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Jane Rickard

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 Let's get it out of the way first, the Chicago Wolves lost game 6 in the series to the Milwaukee Admirals last night in over time 5-4. That being said it was probably one of the top three games this life long hockey fan has ever seen. These two well matched teams left it all on the ice and bless his striped zebra heart Terry Koharaski called a no blood no fowl playoff game.


The photography Gods were in house last night and there is a full gallery to show, enjoy.

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Gallery 37-Ugly Night for Wolves Fans

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Jane Rickard

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At the end of the first frame the Wolves were up by three points. 40 intense minutes later the Milwaukee Admirals were doing a victory dance and Chris Chelios was heading off the ice talking to himself and shaking his head.


The next game in the series is tomorrow night in Milwaukee.  A Wolves win will end the series, a Admirals win and the series returns to Chicago for game 6. Bring it on! 

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Gallery 34 - Blackhawks' Antti Niemi - Part 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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Taken 3/28/10 at the United Center.

The "Finnish Fortress", as he's affectionately called by his fans, Chicago Blackhawks netminder Antti Niemi, is featured in his 2nd gallery for this blog. 

The majority of the photos were taken last season while Niemi played for the Rockford IceHogs.

 

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Gallery 32-Windy City Rollers Rock the House!

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Jane Rickard

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Saturday night the Windy City Rollers hosted two bouts, the first featured the Fury -vs- Manic Attackers and a final score of 110 to 81.  The second bout with the ladies in red, Hells Bells fought the Double Crossers to a score of 139 to 75.  The Double Crossers will be looking for revenge at the next bout scheduled for May first, 5:00 p.m. at the UIC Pavilion.  Looks to be a ring tailed tooter!



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Gallery XXX-Hans Brinker and his Silver Skates

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Jane Rickard

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For the last two years Wolves Skating and Skills Coach Kenny McCudden has shared his extensive collection of antique and vintage hockey equipment with fans in a March show. Among the  gems are sticks that belonged to and were signed by Wayne Gretzy and Bobby Orr. Coach McCudden personal favorites are vintage children's hockey sticks. These are considered very rare as once broken they are usually thrown out by coaches or families. Visually the jewels of the collection are the antique blades and skates dating from the turn of the century.  It is easy to see why Hans Brinker worked so hard for those silver skates.

Sadly the show has been packed up for this year, however here are some images of the last two years.


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Gallery XXIX-Stars Dominate Shut out Wolves 5-0

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Jane Rickard

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It was  tough night to be a Wolves fan at the Allstate tonight, nothing seemed to work right. If the Stars were trying leave the message that they were going to be a tough opponent in the playoffs, well that came through loud and clear.


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Texas Stars Shine Bright Against Chicago- Winning in a Shoot Out.

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Jane Rickard

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Headline just about says it all, the Texas Stars won the game at the Allstate last night in a shoot out after 70 minutes of - physical hockey. Tonight the Wolves travel to Rockford and tomorrow it is back to the Allstate to face the Stars again.  The eyes of Texas will be upon the Wolves,  again.


As always here are some images of the game.

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Gallery XXVI-Let The Second Season Begin! Well, almost....

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Jane Rickard

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The celebration has started, The Wolves are in the playoffs.  Last night The Chicago Wolves in defeating the San Antonio Rampage clinched their birth, the next 10 games are for points, pride and the all important who gets to play who first.  Let the Second Season begin!


As always here are the images of the game, for fight fans included are the photos of the Frankie Lessard ( 6' 3" and 235 lb.) and Craig Weller (6'4" and 185 lb.) fight a true battle of a classic enforcer and a young pup.  Last night the pup came out the winner.

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Gallery XXIV Wolves Comeback Against Rampage, Score 6-3

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Jane Rickard

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Chicago Wolves pulled up their laces and came back to win last night in one of the most intense  games of the season.  Here are some images of the action .

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Gallery XXII- Chicago Wolves Soar over Houston Aeros in a Shoot Out!

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Jane Rickard

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Gallery IV-Jerseys

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Jane Rickard

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Hockey fans are different, a key part of this is the look. They enter the chilly arena wearing their team colors not in tee shirts and hoodies but often dressed much like their team wearing uniform jerseys or "sweaters" as they are properly called. Most true blue fans have at least one, a baggy fashion statement that shows their loyalty and to the well schooled in the sport how long they have been supporters of the team. That is if you have the cache to read the code of patches, names and designs that make up a teams sweater.


It's these sweaters that the gallery will be honoring and documenting the classics and the newest editions. It will also be the first of many joint galleries between myself and Kris Gray from Rockford. Between the two of us we should be able to shoot a cornucopia of sweaters. Let the fun begin!


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