This week’s Wolves Championship banner night is Random Hawlight.

CHICAGO — Not everyone who was on the team in June was there that October night, but for so many who are still in the organization, Saturday was quite a moment.

In fact, it was only the fifth time in the organization’s history that they’d done something like this.

This is a championship banner set up by the Chicago Wolves ahead of their 2022-2023 season opener against the Milwaukee Admirals at Allstate Arena.

This is the fifth time the franchise has hosted a league title banner ceremony since its inception in 1994. The team won the IHL’s Turner Cup in 1998 and 2000, then the AHL’s Calder Cup in 2002, 2008 and 2008, then 2022.

The ceremony was moderated by longtime Wolves anthem singer Wayne Messmer as the team introduced a number of members of the franchise along with players from last year’s team who are still on the roster.

A highlight video was then shown before three different banners were unveiled: one for the Central Division title, one for the Western Conference title, and then the Calder Cup Championship banner.

All three were then lifted onto the rafters of the Allstate Arena, to cheers from those honored on the ice, along with fans who watched their team win a championship for the first time in 14 years that summer.

Unfortunately for Wolves, the game didn’t go as well as the ceremony, as the Carolina Hurricanes offshoot lost 5-2 to Milwaukee on Saturday night.

Larry Hawley featured this moment in his “Random Hawlight” for the week on WGN News Now, and you can catch it in the video above. This week’s Wolves Championship banner night is Random Hawlight.

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