11 July 2012

Wolves Honored With 2012 AHL Community Service Award

The Chicago Wolves have been named the Western Conference recipient of the 2012 American Hockey League Community Service Award. The award recognizes excellence in the area of community service during the past AHL campaign.

“The Wolves are honored to be presented with the 2012 Community Service Award,” said Wolves president MIKE GORDON. “There are lot of AHL teams doing great things within their communities and to be recognized as a leader is a tribute to our staff. The Chicago Wolves take a lot of pride in our community efforts and we feel it is one of the defining aspects of the organization. From our Adopt-a-Dog program -- which reached the 1,000 dogs adopted mark this past season -- to our health awareness and cancer prevention initiatives, the Chicago Wolves organization is happy to continue to make a difference in the lives of Chicagoans for over 18 years.”

The Wolves community relations efforts are led by senior vice president of operations Courtney Mahoney and aided by community relations coordinator Becky Jarosch. Since Mahoney moved into the leadership role for community relations prior to the 1997-98 season, she has spearheaded some of the club’s most successful community endeavors, including the Read to Succeed and Adopt-A-Dog programs. Under her supervision, more than $4 million has been raised for Chicago Wolves Charities.

This is the first time the organization as a whole has been honored by the AHL for its community endeavors. Four players have been recognized for their commitment to the Chicagoland community during the team’s 18-year existence. Former defenseman Kurtis Foster was named the 2004 AHL Man of the Year, while forwards Tim Breslin (1997), Chris Marinucci (1999), and goaltender Wendell Young (2001), now the Wolves general manager, all garnered Man of the Year honors during the team’s International Hockey League era.

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