Our first #AHLFanFridays winner is five-year-old Jack Kabela, a big-time Chicago Wolves fan who was born with hip dysplasia. In February of 2014, the Wolves chose Jack as part of their Wolves Wish program, giving him the ultimate wish day experience. Jack was nominated by his mother, Gwen.
The whole Chicago Wolves organization is something truly special to us. Courtney [Mahoney, senior vice president of operations], Skates, and everyone treat Jack like a little king and I’m sure he’s not the only kid (or big kid) they have made feel truly special. Every summer there’s a bit of excitement missing as we wait for Skates to be back from vacation (that’s how I explained the offseason when Jack was smaller).
The games are something I can share with my son that we both enjoy. The tickets are reasonably priced, which is important on a budget. But being there, seeing the fireworks before the game, [and] feeling the energy from the crowd is just awesome.
My father passed away suddenly in March of this year. Going to the games is something he used to do with us. It means so much more to be able to enjoy a game with my son, knowing Grandpa is right there with us.
While we haven’t been fans for 80 years (sorry, not old enough), I cannot think of another thing I can say I am this proud to be a part of. Just watch, in a few years Jack will be the player inspiring children with hip dysplasia by being a part of the AHL!