The newest installment of the Chicago Wolves’ Your Favorite Number series, presented by Jewel-Osco, features several big-time contributors. It won’t be easy to pick your favorite Wolves skater to wear No. 12!
Over the course of the organization’s first 26 years, most Wolves jersey numbers have been shared by several great players. To celebrate their brilliance, we are creating highlight reels of Wolves who wore the same jersey number and asking you to vote for your favorite.
This week’s video features four Wolves who excelled while wearing No. 12: Doug Barrault, Guillaume Desbiens, Pat Cannone and Wade Megan.
Barrault became part of the Wolves early in the 1995-96 season — acquired from the Atlanta Knights as part of a six-player deal that featured Lee Davidson going the other way — and promptly made an impact in the lineup. The right wing rolled up 12 goals and 18 assists in 54 games, then helped the Wolves win their first postseason series. Barrault, who returned to his boyhood home of Golden, British Columbia, upon retirement, stayed with the Wolves for two more years and contributed to the team’s 1998 Turner Cup triumph. He finished with 24 goals and 39 assists in 133 regular-season appearances.
Desbiens donned multiple numbers during his three-plus years with the Wolves, but he wore No. 12 during his most successful run with the team. The powerful forward posted nine goals, 11 assists and 273 penalty minutes in 132 regular-season appearances for the Wolves. The Atlanta Thrashers’ fourth-round pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft also contributed two assists in seven postseason games as he helped the Wolves hoist the 2008 Calder Cup.
Cannone joined the Wolves prior to the 2013-14 season and the Long Island native stood out at center for three years. Strong at both ends of the ice, Cannone contributed 50 goals, 83 assists and a +40 plus/minus rating over 196 games. He served as team captain for the 2015-16 season and earned the Most Valuable Player honor at the 2016 All-Star Challenge.
Megan donned No. 12 when he joined the Wolves in 2016-17 and promptly enjoyed the finest year of his career. After scoring 33 goals in the AHL over the previous three seasons, the Canton, New York, native racked up 33 goals and 33 assists in 2016-17. Not only did Megan win the Willie Marshall award as the AHL’s leading goal-scorer, he joined teammate Kenny Agostino on the AHL’s First All-Star Team.
To vote for your favorite Wolves player who wore No. 12, visit one or more of the team’s social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and make your opinion known!
If you missed any of the previous episodes, here they are:
Your Favorite Number 2
Your Favorite Number 3
Your Favorite Number 4
Your Favorite Number 5
Your Favorite Number 6
Your Favorite Number 7
Your Favorite Number 8
Your Favorite Number 9
Your Favorite Number 10