The Chicago Wolves are proud to announce a new inter-divisional tradition for the 2011-2012 season; the Illinois Lottery Cup. The Illinois Lottery Cup brings a new level of excitement to the regular-season games played between the Chicago Wolves, Peoria Rivermen and Rockford IceHogs. The three teams will compete for the best regular-season record against one another and the winner will be crowned as the inaugural Illinois Lottery Cup Champion.
The Illinois Lottery Cup provides an added element of competition for the three intrastate rivals this season: the Illinois Lottery Cup goes to the winner of the head-to-head regular-season series. The Illinois Lottery Cup will be present at games for fan interaction and fans have the chance to win Illinois Lottery Instant tickets throughout the year at various games.
“We are very excited about the launch of the inaugural Illinois Lottery Cup,” said Wolves President Mike Gordon. “Hockey fans across the state have always felt that the games between Chicago, Peoria and Rockford have meant more. Now they do.”
The Wolves Illinois Lottery Cup home games at Allstate Arena are as follows:
Fri., Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. vs. Rockford
Sat., Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. vs Peoria
Sun., Nov. 27 at 3 p.m. vs. Peoria
Thu., Dec. 29 at 7 p.m. vs. Rockford
Wed., Jan. 11 at 11 a.m. vs. Rockford
Sat., Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. vs. Rockford
Fri., Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. vs. Rockford
Sat., Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. vs. Peoria
Fri., Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. vs. Rockford
Wed., March 14 at 7 p.m. vs. Peoria
Sun., April 15 at 4 p.m. vs. Peoria
“The Illinois Lottery is proud to sponsor the Illinois Lottery Cup,” said Victor Golden Acting Superintendent of the Illinois Lottery. “This is all about having fun, and we know that our players know how to have fun and to cheer on their teams. We are looking forward to coming out to Allstate Arena throughout the season to support the fans and spread some hockey fever.”
Chicago earned a 4-1-1-2 series victory over Peoria last year, while the Wolves were 5-3-2-0 victors over Rockford during the 2011-11 season. Overall, Chicago has posted a 43-21-2-7 all-time regular-season record against Peoria in eight years of competition and a 20-16-2-2 mark all-time regular-season mark against Rockford in four years off competition.
Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $16.4 billion to the state Common School Fund, as well as the Capital Projects Fund. Players must be at least 18 years old.
The Wolves open their 18th season at 7 p.m. on Saturday when they battle the San Antonio Rampage at the AT&T Center. The club holds its home opener, presented by LifeSource, at 7 p.m., Sat., Oct. 15, against the Milwaukee Admirals at Allstate Arena. For more information on ticket packages, visit chicagowolves.com or call 1-800-THE-WOLVES.