Wolves goaltender Matt Climie wore a different jersey for each of the three First Responders games. Having three separate jerseys helped raise even more money for Chicago Wolves Charities and allowed the Wolves family to maximize the impact for our brave first responders and their families.
Four Questions with Goaltender Matt Climie
You’ve become well-known around the organization for your love of firefighting.
Overall, I think firefighting is such a great occupation. Growing up, I didn’t put too much thought into actually becoming a firefighter because I was so focused on playing hockey and I was just living in the now. At the same time, I always knew it was a possibility in the future. At some point in my life I knew I wanted to become a firefighter, whether it was a volunteer firefighter or a forest firefighter, I always figured I would do that at some point.
Last season, the Wolves took you and defenseman Derek Joslin to a firehouse. What was that like?
It was a great experience. When I was playing junior hockey (in Nova Scotia) I had the chance to work at a firehouse. I was kind of a maintenance guy, just cleaning the trucks. I had a pretty good idea of what happened day-to-day. It was cool to go to a firehouse in the U.S. and see the guys who do this just day in and day out and the amount of work they put into their career.
Was it important to you to step up and be the face of the First Responders Jersey auction?
When (Sr. Vice President of Operations) Courtney (Mahoney) approached me about wearing the jerseys, it was a big compliment because she obviously knew I had been looking into a possible career as a firefighter when I was done with hockey and that it was something I cared about. She knew I had an interest in the occupation and about the amount of respect I have for what those guys do. It suited me to be a big part of this.
Do you still think about becoming a firefighter after your hockey days are over?
It’s always in the back of my mind. At some point in my life, if hockey doesn’t work out or coaching doesn’t work out, I would love to become one. It’s a dangerous job, but it’s a really worthwhile one. I have the utmost respect for them, and for anyone in a field where you’re putting yourself out there to help others.