On the night of Wednesday, March 11, every Chicago Wolves player was taking it easy because they knew four busy days lay ahead. Morning practice and the official team picture scheduled for Thursday, then home games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday as the team intended to solidify its top-four spot in the AHL’s Central Division standings and the accompanying slot in the Calder Cup Playoffs.
Then they saw on the news that the NBA had suspended its season because Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. By the time they put on their uniforms and took their assigned spots in the middle of the Allstate Arena ice for the team picture, their whole world had changed. Wolves players, organization leaders, team trainers and more share their perspectives on that dramatic March 12 day.