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Chicago Wolves: Life Under The Pandemic

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The Chicago Wolves 26th season abruptly ended in March 2020, as the nation and world braced for the Coronavirus global pandemic. Join Chicago Wolves Play-By-Play Announcer Jason Shaver as he documents and tracks the challenges and changes facing the team. You'll hear from players, management and staff in this limited-series podcast.


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The Chicago Wolves 26th season abruptly ended in March 2020, as the nation and world braced for the Coronavirus global pandemic. Join Chicago Wolves Play-By-Play Announcer Jason Shaver as he documents and tracks the challenges and changes facing the team. You'll hear from players, management and staff in this limited-series podcast.




Forwards David Cotton and David Gust

Like co-host Imran says, a pair of Davids is the best hand in Texas Hold ’em! We close out the 2021 season’s episodes by sharing terrific interviews with Texas native David Cotton, our team’s leading goal-scorer, and the pride of Orland Park, David Gust! Jason Shaver and Billy Gardner draw a lot of laughs and stories from the pair of Wolves forwards. Learn all about Cotton’s journey from suburban Dallas to Boston to Chicago — and Gust’s round-trip from Marist High School and Glacier Ice...


Goaltender Antoine Bibeau and Defenseman Brandon Hickey

This week’s episode is devoted to two men who are devoted to keeping pucks out of the net. Goaltender Antoine Bibeau, whose next AHL win will be his 100th, once produced a 51-save shutout on one of hockey’s biggest amateur stages: The Memorial Cup. And defenseman Brandon Hickey, while playing for Boston University, once blocked 17 SHOTS in one NCAA Tournament game. But this podcast isn’t all about hockey. Bibeau, a Quebec native, tells us where to find the finest poutine while Hickey, who...


Defenseman Joey Keane and Forward Dominik Bokk

Co-hosts Imran and Jason welcome two entertaining young Wolves — defenseman Joey Keane and forward Dominik Bokk — to this can’t-miss episode. Keane, who grew up in south suburban Homer Glen, fondly remembers going to Wolves games on school field trips. Another of his long-time Wolves connections? He used to play for Chicago Mission with Nick Nardella, the son of Wolves legend Bob Nardella (who coached the Mission’s defensemen for several years). Keane shares tales of playing Irish sports...


Defenseman Max LaJoie and Center Matt Boudens

NHL debuts don’t get much more amazing than the one for Wolves defenseman Max Lajoie. When he was just 20 years old, he suited up for the Ottawa Senators on Oct. 4, 2018 against the Chicago Blackhawks. Barely 12 minutes into his career, Lajoie saw Patrick Kane turn his back to him, so he flashed into the slot, took a pass from Matt Duchene and flipped it top-shelf for a goal. Five minutes later, he set up a power-play goal for his first assist. Hear all about the bilingual Lajoie’s terrific...


Checking in with defensemen Joakim Ryan and Josh Healey

It’s not uncommon for professional hockey players to have fathers and brothers who are professional athletes, but how many have mothers or sisters who’ve played professionally? Joakim Ryan’s mother, Catalina Lindqvist, won five pro tennis titles and reached the semifinals of Wimbledon and the Australian Open. Josh Healey’s younger sister, Jess, won a World Junior Championship gold medal for Team Canada and has spent the last three years playing professionally in Sweden. Not only do Ryan...


Luke Evangelista making music on the ice after a year pause

Nineteen-year-old Luke Evangelista, the Nashville Predators’ second-round pick in the NHL draft last October, owns an engaging personality that matches his creative streak on the ice. Shortly after making his professional debut and making a beautiful pass to earn his first pro point, the Ontario native joins Jason Shaver and Billy Gardner for a fun interview that includes a shoutout to his Nona for her special tomato sauce — so you know he’s a respectful young man as well. You’ll have to...


Wolves return to action right where they left off

As the Wolves have rocketed out to the best record in the AHL, third-year pro Sheldon Rempal hasn’t worried that he hasn’t gotten as much shine as several of his teammates. “Everybody looks good when the team is winning,” Rempal said. And while Rempal has nothing but great things to say about the Wolves’ gang of terrific teenagers — “They’re all really good kids. They’ve got really good heads on their shoulders and I think they’re going to have long careers for sure” — they’ll be lucky to...


A Breakout Player and The Making of a Referee

We have two fantastic stories for you this week! First, Wolves forward Tanner Jeannot grew up in Oxbow, a Saskatchewan town of 1,300 “where the air hurts our face.” Not drafted by the Western Hockey League. Not drafted by the National Hockey League. Yet he’s ripping up the AHL in Chicago and recently made his NHL debut with Nashville. Next, what could possibly make Wolves general manager Wendell Young state these words? “I never thought I would say this: I owe a lot of gratitude to the...


Getting to know Goaltender Beck Warm and Center Ryan Suzuki

Chicago Wolves goaltender Beck Warm and center Ryan Suzuki entered the professional hockey ranks in opposite fashions — Warm as an undrafted free agent and Suzuki as the Carolina Hurricanes’ 2019 first-round pick — but you’ll discover during this podcast episode they’re more similar than you might think. Both have brothers who play hockey at a high level (Ryan’s brother, Nick, made his pro debut with the Wolves and now centers a line for the Montreal Canadiens), both have upbeat...


Celebrating the women of the Chicago Wolves

We celebrated International Women’s Day on Monday — featuring videos on our Twitter account (@chicago_wolves) — but the women who work for the Wolves deserve way more than a day to have their stories shared and their success celebrated! Jason Shaver interviews senior director of program development Stefanie Evans, client services coordinator Hailey Kaufman, senior vice president of operations Courtney Mahoney and senior director of ticket retention and services Jackie Schroeder during this...


Getting To Know Defenseman Jeremy Davies and Center Jamieson Rees

As the Wolves keep rolling, podcast co-hosts Imran Javed and Jason Shaver keep delivering the goods! In this week’s episode, Jason and Bill Gardner help you get to know defenseman Jeremy Davies and forward Jamieson Rees. Davies, who leads the AHL in assists, spent part of his junior career in Bloomington, Illinois, while Rees, who scored two goals Sunday two days after turning 20, grew up watching AHL hockey in Hamilton, Ontario. Rees was in the arena when the high-scoring Wolves faced...


The Record-Setting Wolves

The Wolves are the hottest hockey team in North America — and Jason Shaver and Bill Gardner interview 19-year-old savants Seth Jarvis and Phil Tomasino and head coach Ryan Warsofsky and find out all the things you want to know. Learn about the tight connection between Jarvis and former Wolves forward Cody Glass. Listen as Billy G. and Tomasino compare experienes about playing for Canada in the World Junior Championship. Oh, and Warsofsky lays down the law about how hard he plans to coach...


Moving Forward and Reflecting Back

It’s finally time to drop the puck and podcast co-hosts Imran Javed and Jason Shaver get you ready for Friday’s opener! Hear new head coach Ryan Warsofsky talk about going unbeaten and reveal several other insights about this year’s team. Veteran trainer Kevin Kacer explains our strict testing protocols. Then Wolves senior vice presidents Courtney Mahoney and Jon Sata and directors Dan Harris and Lindsey Willhite share some of the organization’s favorite experiences during the 11 months...


Project Thrive

The Chicago Wolves and the Same Here Global Mental Health Movement have teamed up to create “Project Thrive,” a multi-faceted plan to change the conversation about mental health in Chicago and provide opportunities for people all over North America to learn from national experts in integrative health. The Wolves will host Zoom Sessions two Thursday nights per month to share information on Sleep, Connecting with Nature, Stress, Diet, Self-Awareness and other subjects that affect everyone’s...


Getting To Know Assistant Coach Patrick Dwyer

In 2005-06, Patrick Dwyer spent his first full season as a professional with the Chicago Wolves and he stacked up 16 goals and 29 assists. Fifteen years later, following a lengthy career that including 416 NHL games, Dwyer has returned to the Wolves to serve as an assistant coach. To get a sense of all that Dwyer has learned during his time away from Chicago, you’ll want to hear Jason Shaver’s interview with the 37-year-old Montana native. Among other nuggets in this episode, you’ll get a...


Figuring Things Out

ith just one month to solve all of the issues presented by playing at the Chicago Wolves Training Facility in Hoffman Estates during the COVID-19 pandemic, every person in the Wolves organization has been working overtime to ensure everyone remains safe and healthy while delivering the best atmosphere to play great hockey. In this episode, Jason Shaver talks with general manager Wendell Young and senior vice presidents Courtney Mahoney and Jon Sata to gain insight on how things will work...


Gearing Up To Return To Play With Head Coach Ryan Warsofsky

Let’s play some hockey — and enjoy another Life Under The Pandemic podcast! With the new American Hockey League season ready to begin Feb. 5, it’s the perfect time to catch up with new Wolves head coach Ryan Warsofsky! Jason Shaver interviews him and you’ll love hearing him say such things as “We want to win, no matter what the season looks like.” Tune in to find out why Hall of Famer Ray Bourque long has been one of his boosters…what he puts on a hot dog…and so much more! Links: Ryan...


From The Ice To Entrepreneur With Alumni Scooter Vaughan

Happy New Year! The Life Under the Pandemic podcast kicks off 2021 with a must-listen episode featuring No. 21: Scooter Vaughan! The American Hockey League’s 2018 Man Of The Year has completed his transition from the ice to the business and charity worlds — and now he’s thriving in Florida. Jason Shaver interviews Scooter and their lively conversation ranges all over the place, which makes sense when you engage a world traveler who’s not afraid to say exactly what he means. Links: Chicago...


Affiliation Update with GM Wendell Young

The Life Under The Pandemic podcast is back as Imran Javed and Jason Shaver bring you a special holiday edition! Shaves catches up with Wolves general manager Wendell Young, who provides insight on how the Wolves built their partnership with the Carolina Hurricanes and offers names of potential Wolves players. (Hint: these are some good names.) SUBSCRIBE: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | Android | TuneIn | RSS | Archives Email the show:


The Cancellation of the 2019-20 Season - Part 2

In Part 2 of this week’s podcast, Wolves senior vice presidents Courtney Mahoney and Jon Sata and public relations director Lindsey Willhite discuss how the cancellation of the 2019-20 American Hockey League season serves as a springboard for the team’s 2020-21 season. Tune in to learn how the Wolves are working with fans, sponsors, charities, Allstate Arena and everyone else to get through this pandemic together – as Season 1 of our podcast comes to a close. Don’t worry…there will be a new...