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posted: 11/4/2011 3:00 PM

Images: Behind the scenes with the Chicago Wolves

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  • Dan Mulligan, assistant equipment manager, mends a pair of hockey sox in team's equipment room.

       Dan Mulligan, assistant equipment manager, mends a pair of hockey sox in team's equipment room.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Chicago Wolves defenseman Sebastian Erixon laces up his running shoes before kicking around a soccer ball with teammates inside of Allstate Arena.

       Chicago Wolves defenseman Sebastian Erixon laces up his running shoes before kicking around a soccer ball with teammates inside of Allstate Arena.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Chicago Wolves Chris Tanev, left, center Jordan Schroeder, forward Dean Strong, and left wing Mike Duco prepare for a game in the team's locker room Allstate Arena.

       Chicago Wolves Chris Tanev, left, center Jordan Schroeder, forward Dean Strong, and left wing Mike Duco prepare for a game in the team's locker room Allstate Arena.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Chicago Wolves team president Mike Gordon has his portrait taken by team photographer Ross Dettman before a game at Allstate Arena.

       Chicago Wolves team president Mike Gordon has his portrait taken by team photographer Ross Dettman before a game at Allstate Arena.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Head equipment manager Craig Kogut sharpens a skate in the team's equipment room before a game against the Rockford IceHogs.

       Head equipment manager Craig Kogut sharpens a skate in the team's equipment room before a game against the Rockford IceHogs.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Sparks fly as Craig Kogut sharpens a skate.

       Sparks fly as Craig Kogut sharpens a skate.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Chicago Wolves goalie Matt Climie stretches out in the team's locker room before a game with Rockford IceHogs at Allstate Arena.

       Chicago Wolves goalie Matt Climie stretches out in the team's locker room before a game with Rockford IceHogs at Allstate Arena.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Chicago Wolves defenseman Chris Tanev, background, and left wing Mike Duco work on their sticks before a game with the Icehogs.

       Chicago Wolves defenseman Chris Tanev, background, and left wing Mike Duco work on their sticks before a game with the Icehogs.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Rockford IceHogs' equipment staff unload equipment at Allstate Arena before a game with the Chicago Wolves.

       Rockford IceHogs' equipment staff unload equipment at Allstate Arena before a game with the Chicago Wolves.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Rockford IceHogs players and staff walk in through the ramp of the Allstate Arena to play the Chicago Wolves on Friday, October 21st.

       Rockford IceHogs players and staff walk in through the ramp of the Allstate Arena to play the Chicago Wolves on Friday, October 21st.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Employees prepare the marquee at Allstate Arena for the Chicago Wolves game against the Rockford IceHogs.

       Employees prepare the marquee at Allstate Arena for the Chicago Wolves game against the Rockford IceHogs.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • The Chicago Wolves locker room is a revolving door with players and equipment staff hustling about hours before each home game at Allstate Aren.

       The Chicago Wolves locker room is a revolving door with players and equipment staff hustling about hours before each home game at Allstate Aren.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Chicago Wolves defenseman Yann Sauve wraps tape around the blade of his stick in the team's locker room.

       Chicago Wolves defenseman Yann Sauve wraps tape around the blade of his stick in the team's locker room.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Chicago Wolves left wing Mike Duco sprays black paint on the blade of his stick before a game.

       Chicago Wolves left wing Mike Duco sprays black paint on the blade of his stick before a game.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Game sticks hang on the wall outside of the equipment room.

       Game sticks hang on the wall outside of the equipment room.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Chicago Wolves center Jordan Schroeder, left, left wing Mike Duco, and forward Dean Strong prepare for a game at Allstate Arena.

       Chicago Wolves center Jordan Schroeder, left, left wing Mike Duco, and forward Dean Strong prepare for a game at Allstate Arena.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • A sign above the exit of the Wolves locker room says, "If you won't be beat... You can't be beat".

       A sign above the exit of the Wolves locker room says, "If you won't be beat... You can't be beat".
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Chicago Wolves players kick around a soccer ball before their game against the Rockford IceHogs.

       Chicago Wolves players kick around a soccer ball before their game against the Rockford IceHogs.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • The locker for Chicago Wolves right wing Victor Oreskovich.

       The locker for Chicago Wolves right wing Victor Oreskovich.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • A pyrotechnics team pushes equipment past Chicago Wolves players outside the team's locker room before game time.

       A pyrotechnics team pushes equipment past Chicago Wolves players outside the team's locker room before game time.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Sewing the team's logos on jerseys is part of the job for head equipment manager Craig Kogut.

       Sewing the team's logos on jerseys is part of the job for head equipment manager Craig Kogut.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Mark Stencel, with Chicago Wolves television production, checks several screens in the team's television truck outside of Allstate Arena.

       Mark Stencel, with Chicago Wolves television production, checks several screens in the team's television truck outside of Allstate Arena.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Chicago Wolves forward Michael Davis tapes the grip on his stick before a game.

       Chicago Wolves forward Michael Davis tapes the grip on his stick before a game.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

 

There's more to do than just lace up skates and hit the ice before a hockey game. take a look behind the scenes at allstate arena as the four-time league champion chicago wolves prepare for another regular-season hockey game, this time against the rival rockford icehogs.

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