Affordable tickets, quality hockey a winning combo for Wolves

By Sara Romano

Wolves’ season-ticket holder Grace Garritano can remember the first game she and her husband Rob ever attended.

It was Game 7 of the 1998 Turner Cup championship series.

The couple was up in the “triple-upper nosebleed seats” of a sold-out Allstate Arena.

And the Wolves defeated the Detroit Vipers to clinch the IHL league championship.

The Garritanos were hooked.

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VIDEO: Education key for young hockey players

By Lukas J. Voss

Focusing on athletics and academics at the same time can be difficult for young athletes, especially in a sport like hockey that requires a large time commitment and plenty of driving to get to rinks and tournaments. Bridgedale academy is trying to change that. The school is offering students the ability to practice and study in the same place. Providing excellence in academics and athletics is just one of their goals.

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Female Athlete Triad can lead to serious consequences

By Katherine Dempsey

Tina has only gotten her period once during college.

The 21-year-old runner at a Big Ten university remembers seldom menstruating in high school or in college. Diagnosed with anorexia during her freshman year of high school, Tina – whose real name has been changed to protect privacy – spent several weeks out of school for treatment and to escape from the academic pressure that she says sparked her eating disorder.

Tina didn’t participate in track her freshman year of high school, and she says she remembers weighing less than 90 pounds at her lowest weight. With running, the anorexia also related to a her focus on eating right to run well and that turned into limiting the kinds of foods she ate. Continue reading

After 35 years, Red Army finally gets its due

By Ryan Lund

Names like Kharlamov, Fetisov and Mikhailov may be unfamiliar to North American hockey fans, but they carry the weight of world championships and gold medals to 59-year-old Chicago hockey fan Arkady Dontsis.

Dontsis remembers their names, and one of the greatest hockey teams ever assembled, the famed “Red Army,” the Soviet Union national ice hockey team.

But while Dontsis remembers the team for its illustrious list of accomplishments, the rest of the world remembers the game they didn’t win, a 4-3 loss to the U.S. on Feb. 22, 1980. Continue reading

Cubs in Vegas: Unconditional Loyalty

By Eric Clark

The Chicago Cubs opened their offseason with 40-to-1 odds to win the 2015 World Series – and then they started making waves.

The club fired manager Rick Renteria, hired heralded manager Joe Maddon and signed coveted starting pitcher Jon Lester. But after two straight last-place finishes in the National League Central, one might venture that the Cubs would still be a ways away from title contention. And they very well might be – but they currently hold 16-to-1 odds to win the World Series at Las Vegas’ Westgate SuperBook.
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Len Kasper talks 2015 cubs, objectivity in the booth and rule changes

By Eric Clark

Almost five months removed from his latest appearance in the broadcast booth at Wrigley Field, Len Kasper can feel the hype surrounding the Chicago Cubs 2015 campaign. “It’s the first time in a long time that this team has had this sort of exposure and spotlight on it,” he said.

As Kasper enters his 11th season with the Cubs, he is tasked with providing play-by-play for an expectation-laden team and a fan base yearning for a winner. The Mount Pleasant, Michigan, native shared his thoughts on the upcoming season with Medill.
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Beyond the Box Score brings ‘The Female Voice in Sports Media’ to NU

By Beth Werge

If anyone is capable of leading a groundbreaking discussion about the challenges of being a woman in sports media, it’s Christine Brennan. Medill and Northwestern University Athletics held the fifth installment of their Beyond the Box Score series this week, bringing USA Today columnist Brennan (BSJ80, MSJ81), CNN’s Rachel Nichols (BSJ95), Fox Sports’ Pam Oliver and ESPN’s Cassidy Hubbarth (BSJ07) to campus Tuesday night. Continue reading

Momentum growing to legalize sports gambling

By Kulwant Saluja

The notion that American sports fans could legally gamble on sporting events would have been deemed absurd even a year ago.

But once a taboo subject, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s shocking pro-gambling comments in a Nov. 13 op-ed piece in the New York Times, has stimulated discussion on the subject, prompting other pro leagues and state legislatures to re-consider their stance on legalized sports betting. Continue reading

Stanley Cup champs enjoy Wolves’ reunion, eye another championship

By Sara Romano

Adam Burish had a mischievous grin on his face when he talked about the days following the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup victory in 2010.

“I’ll always remember that night, and some of the following nights,” he said. “They all kind of blur together. The night we won … coming back to Chicago … the parade. …”

Upon further prompting, Burish continued his reminiscing aloud, recalling the team’s arrival back into Chicago after clinching the Cup.

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Evanston coach reflects on half a century in gymnastics

By Tim Penman

Four months before his retirement, Chester Jones casually leans over a balance beam and watches his gymnasts take runs at vault inside Evanston High School’s practice area. Jones is relaxed, calling out words of encouragement to each girl in his slight Southern accent after they take turns springing off the board and flipping in the air.

“I’ve coached for almost 50 years,” Jones says. “I have done every possible thing that I could have done to fulfill my life, but it’s time somebody else comes in and starts theirs.” Continue reading