Since their inception in 1994, the Chicago Wolves have experienced a lot of success. For much of the time, the Wolves were the #1 hockey team in Chicago.
Originally, the Wolves were an independent team, meaning they had no NHL affiliation. The Wolves would often have a handful of ex-Blackhawks and other ex-NHL'ers on their roster. Players like Wendel Young, Rob Brown and Troy Murray had nice runs with the Wolves. Local players like Steve Maltais (who had a few short trips to the NHL) and Bob Nardella (who had a long minor league career) were fan favorites.
The Wolves eventually became affiliated with the NHL Atlanta Thrashers. A few years later, long-time Wolves coach John Anderson took over the Thrashers. Throughout all of the change, the Wolves remained successful and popular. Currently, they are in 4th place, although they have an excellent record.
Years ago, I was meandering around the concourse of the Allstate Arena, when I ran into Skates (the mascot) and Jenn (from the intermission group). I had to get a picture with the duo. That Skates is one cool cat...I mean Wolf.