It was an emotional night at Allstate Arena when the Chicago Wolves honored the memory of former teammate Dan Snyder on Saturday, hosting the Milwaukee Admirals.
The first 5,000 fans to the game received a commemorative picture of Snyder, who died on Oct. 5 in Atlanta from injuries suffered in a car accident on a week earlier.
The Wolves wore warm-up jerseys bearing Snyder’s No. 19, which will be autographed and auctioned to raise funds for charities associated with his memory. An on-ice pre-game ceremony included a video tribute with comments from former teammates, and Kurtis Foster was named the 2003-04 recipient of team’s award for community service, renamed the Dan Snyder Man of the Year Award. The team also recognized Snyder with a banner in the Allstate Arena.
Snyder’s parents Graham and LuAnn, brother Jake and sister Erika were in attendance at the game.
The Wolves have recognized Snyder all season with No. 19 on-ice logos behind each net at the Allstate Arena and No. 19 stickers on the player’s helmets.
Snyder played two seasons with the Wolves and helped the team capture the 2002 Calder Cup championship as an assistant captain. He matched an all-time AHL record with five game-winning goals during that postseason.