While the Chicago Blackhawks are only one season removed from lifting the Stanley Cup, there is a lot of hockey available to fans of the game at many levels around the Chicagoland area.

On Saturday, Oct. 15, the Chicago Wolves host the Milwaukee Admirals in their home opener for the 2011-12 season. This year, the Wolves start a new association with the NHL; after a couple of moves this summer in the NHL and AHL, they are now the AHL affiliate for the Vancouver Canucks.

This season, the Wolves are offering fans a great value on tickets with their Fan 4 Packs. The pack includes four game tickets, four hot dogs and four medium sodas, and start as low as $75.

With great rivalries like Milwaukee and the Blackhawks' AHL affiliate, Rockford, coming to the Allstate Arena all season, this is a great opportunity to see quality hockey at a nice price.

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One week later, on Oct. 22, the brand new Chicago Express will play their inaugural home game against the Kalamazoo Wings. The Express are part of the ECHL, and have agreed to an affiliate partnership with a division rival of the Blackhawks, the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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The Chicago Steel will play at home again on Friday, Oct. 21 against Cedar Rapids. The Steel are a junior team that plays in the USHL; a "junior" level team is made up of players that are often too young to be drafted or haven't yet matriculated to the college ranks. The Steel have a number of major college commitments on their 2011-12 roster, including Miami (OH)-bound Chris Joyaux.

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