The Chicago Wolves can thank Bill Duff, Executive Director of the Chicagoland Bowling Proprietors Association, for their first-round victory in the American Hockey League playoffs.

In a roundabout sort of way.

It happened like this: The Wolves’ President, Mike Gordon, has worked with Duff on a variety of cooperative promotions, and asked Duff if he could get in touch with Pete Weber, who is well-known to a few of the Wolves’ players through videos of Weber they have watched, including PDW’s infamous U.S. Open trophy-drop and his “Who do you think you are?” rant after winning the 2012 U.S. Open.

Weber’s fierce spirit caught on with the team, so Gordon wondered if Weber would deliver a surprise inspirational message to the Wolves to help amp them up for their playoff run.

Duff sent a text message to Weber, who was competing at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, and Weber was eager to help — in part because the Wolves are the “AAA level” affiliate of the NHL St. Louis Blues, Weber’s hometown hockey team.

Assisted by PBA’s Xtra Frame crew, Weber’s message was shown to the Wolves prior to their first Calder Cup playoffs game vs. the Charlotte Checkers. To view Weber’s message, click here:

For the record, the Wolves lost their first playoff game against Charlotte, but roared back to win the best-of-five series, 3-2, to advance to the second round of the Calder Cup playoffs.

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