The four-time champion Chicago Wolves announced their broadcast schedule on Thursday that features games on CW50 and The U Too throughout the 2016-17 American Hockey League regular season. The team’s entire network television package will be presented by the Illinois Office of Tourism.
“We are thrilled to provide Chicago sports fans with such an accessible and comprehensive package of live Wolves hockey,” said Wolves president of business operations Mike Gordon. “These broadcast partnerships make it easy for Wolves fans to track the pack as we chase our fifth championship. We’re delighted to welcome Illinois Office of Tourism as a presenting sponsor of this season’s broadcasts as we expand our television offerings for our fans.”
“We are proud to be the official tourism partner of the Chicago Wolves,” said Illinois State Travel Director Cory Jobe. “This season, we look forward to showcasing all of the amazing travel destinations throughout Illinois to Wolves fans.”
The Wolves’ 23rd home opener at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, marks the launch of CW50’s “Saturday Night with the Wolves” programming. All 25 of the Wolves’ Saturday games will appear live on CW50, which also will host five Sunday games.
“CW50 looks forward to being the home for ‘Saturday Night with the Wolves,’ which will bring the incredible excitement of live Wolves action to hockey fans throughout Chicago,” said Dennis Welsh, VP General Manager CW50.
The U Too, in its fifth year as a home for Wolves broadcasts, will air the rest of the team’s Sunday games as well as the team’s Friday games. The U Too is found over the air at WCIU-DT 26.2. Cable subscribers get the channel on Xfinity 230 and 360, RCN 35 and WOW 170 while Dish Network customers find the games on Ch. 48.
“We look forward to sharing another amazing season of hockey with Wolves fans on The U Too,” said Steve Farber, Weigel Broadcasting Co.’s senior vice president of broadcast operations.
“Having Wolves games distributed through all major carriers and providers is a big win for our fans, corporate partners and us,“said Wolves vice president of partnerships Jon Sata. “For our partners, being part of the Wolves family helps stretch their investments to reach a diverse family audience in the Chicagoland area. Our updated broadcast platform will help to strengthen their positions with our fan base and general market consumers.”
Jason Shaver begins his ninth season as the play-by-play voice of the Wolves while Bill Gardner, an eight-year National Hockey League veteran, enters his 15th season as the color analyst. To view the updated list of the games they’ll call, visit ChicagoWolves.com.
The Wolves start the 2016-17 season on Friday, Oct. 14, at Grand Rapids before opening their 38-game home schedule on Saturday, Oct. 15, at Allstate Arena in Rosemont. For more information on individual tickets, season-ticket packages and group outings, visit ChicagoWolves.com or call 1-800-THE-WOLVES.