19 January 2013

Veterans, Active Military Admitted Free For Chicago Wolves Military Appreciation Nights

The Chicago Wolves are honoring all veterans and active-duty personnel with complimentary tickets to the team’s Military Appreciation home games on Jan. 16, 18, and 19. The Wolves will wear commemorative Military Appreciation Jerseys that will be auctioned and raffled to raise money for military-related charities as well as Chicago Wolves Charities.

Each veteran and active member of the military can receive a complimentary ticket by presenting their ID card at the Allstate Arena box office.

“We are looking forward to honoring those who are serving and those who have served,” said Mike Gordon, the Wolves President of Business Operations. “It’s a small gesture by our organization to give back to those who have given so much.”

During each of the three Military Appreciation home games (7 p.m., Jan. 16, vs. Texas; 7:30 p.m., Jan. 18, vs. Texas; and 7 p.m., Jan. 19, vs. Houston), the Wolves are conducting an Armed Forces Drive. Fans are encouraged to donate gift cards of any amount to benefit the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society and Fisher House. Gift cards for groceries, gas, and clothing are preferred, but all will be accepted.

The Wolves also are honoring the military during each of the ceremonial puck drops. Rear Admiral Philip Anselmo, the father-in-law of Wolves assistant coach Nolan Baumgartner, will drop the puck prior to the Jan. 19 game. Among other honors, Rear Admiral Anselmo has received four awards of the Navy Distinguished Service Medals that go to those who have “performed exceptionally meritorious service to the Government of the United States in a duty of great responsibility.”

Wolves hockey operations advisor Mike Nardella will drop the puck prior to the Jan. 18 game. The 88-year-old Nardella served in Gen. George Patton’s Third Army and received a Purple Heart for a wound suffered in Thionville, France. Nardella landed on Omaha Beach two weeks after D-Day and was a part of the 43rd Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron that secured and defused bridges as the Third Army marched through France, Germany and Austria.