Wolves goaltender Matt Climie will wear a different jersey for each of the three First Responders games. Having three separate jerseys will help raise even more money for Chicago Wolves Charities and allow the Wolves family to maximize the impact for our brave first responders and their families.
These jerseys will be available for purchase in four ways:
01Raffle – One of Matt Climie’s three First Responders jerseys will be raffled. In addition, as selected by fan voting, defensemen David Shields and Jani Hakanpaa and center Pat Cannone's jerseys will be raffled. Raffle tickets are $5 each or five tickets for $20. Raffle sales will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, January 4, when doors open and will close at the end of the second intermission of each game. The raffle will conclude at the end of the second intermission on Friday, January 17. Raffle tickets can be purchased in-arena only at the Chicago Wolves Charities table, located in the Southeast Lobby of the Allstate Arena, behind Section 116.
02Blind Auction – The jersey of right wing Cody Beach will be available through a blind auction. Simply bid the highest amount you would like to pay for the jersey and the highest bid submitted by the end of the game on Friday, January 17 will be the winner. The minimum bid is $250, and you will not know what others are bidding. You can pick up blind auction forms at the Chicago Wolves Charities table, located in the Southeast Lobby of the Allstate Arena behind section 116. The blind auction is available in-arena only. ALL FORMS MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE CHICAGO WOLVES CHARITIES TABLE BY THE END OF THE GAME ON JANUARY 17.
03Silent Auction –A silent auction will be held for the remaining jerseys, as well as the second of Matt Climie’s three jerseys. Place a bid on your favorite player’s jersey at the Chicago Wolves Charities table, located in the Southeast Lobby of the Allstate Arena behind Section 116. The bidding will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, January 4, when the doors open and will close at the end of the second intermission of each game. The silent auction will conclude at the end of the second intermission on Friday, January 17.
04Online Auction – Matt Climie’s third First Responders jersey will be available through an online auction at chicagowolves.com beginning Monday, January 20, and ending Friday, January 31, at noon. Please check back on January 20 for complete information or to bid.
Four Questions with Goaltender Matt Climie
You’ve become well-known around the organization for your love of firefighting.
Overall, I think firefighting is such a great occupation. Growing up, I didn’t put too much thought into actually becoming a firefighter because I was so focused on playing hockey and I was just living in the now. At the same time, I always knew it was a possibility in the future. At some point in my life I knew I wanted to become a firefighter, whether it was a volunteer firefighter or a forest firefighter, I always figured I would do that at some point.
Last season, the Wolves took you and defenseman Derek Joslin to a firehouse. What was that like?
It was a great experience. When I was playing junior hockey (in Nova Scotia) I had the chance to work at a firehouse. I was kind of a maintenance guy, just cleaning the trucks. I had a pretty good idea of what happened day-to-day. It was cool to go to a firehouse in the U.S. and see the guys who do this just day in and day out and the amount of work they put into their career.
Was it important to you to step up and be the face of the First Responders Jersey auction?
When (Sr. Vice President of Operations) Courtney (Mahoney) approached me about wearing the jerseys, it was a big compliment because she obviously knew I had been looking into a possible career as a firefighter when I was done with hockey and that it was something I cared about. She knew I had an interest in the occupation and about the amount of respect I have for what those guys do. It suited me to be a big part of this.
Do you still think about becoming a firefighter after your hockey days are over?
It’s always in the back of my mind. At some point in my life, if hockey doesn’t work out or coaching doesn’t work out, I would love to become one. It’s a dangerous job, but it’s a really worthwhile one. I have the utmost respect for them, and for anyone in a field where you’re putting yourself out there to help others.