|League||American Hockey League|
|Founded||1994 (In the IHL)|
|Home arena||Allstate Arena|
|Colors||Burgundy, gold, black, white|
|Owner(s)||Don Levin, Buddy Meyers|
|General manager||Wendell Young|
|Head coach||Rocky Thompson|
|Media|| CW50 |
The U Too
|Affiliates|| Vegas Golden Knights (NHL)|
Fort Wayne Komets (ECHL)
|Regular season titles||1 IHL 1999–2000|
|Division Championships||4 IHL 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01|
8 AHL 2004–05, 2007–08, 2009–10, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19
|Conference Championships||3 IHL 1997–98, |
2001–02, 2004–05, 2007–08
|Turner Cups||2 1997–98, 1999–2000|
|Calder Cups||2 2001–02, 2007–08|
The Chicago Wolves are a professional ice hockey team playing in the Central Division of the Western Conference of the American Hockey League. The Wolves play home games at the Allstate Arena in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois and are owned by Chicago business owners Don Levin and Buddy Meyers. They are the minor league affiliate of the Vegas Golden Knights.
Ice hockey is a contact team sport played on ice, usually in a rink, in which two teams of skaters use their sticks to shoot a vulcanized rubber puck into their opponent's net to score points. The sport is known to be fast-paced and physical, with teams usually consisting of six players each: one goaltender, and five players who skate up and down the ice trying to take the puck and score a goal against the opposing team.
The American Hockey League (AHL) is a professional ice hockey league based in the United States and Canada that serves as the primary developmental league for the National Hockey League (NHL). Since the 2010–11 season, every team in the league has an affiliation agreement with one NHL team. When NHL teams do not have an AHL affiliate, players are assigned to AHL teams affiliated with other NHL teams. Twenty-seven AHL teams are located in the United States and the remaining four are in Canada. The league offices are located in Springfield, Massachusetts, and its current president is David Andrews.
Allstate Arena is a multi-purpose arena in Rosemont, Illinois, United States. It is located near the intersection of Mannheim Road and Interstate 90, adjacent to the city limits of Chicago and O'Hare International Airport. The facility opened in 1980 as the Rosemont Horizon and seats 17,500 for basketball and 16,692 for ice hockey.
Originally a member of the International Hockey League, the Wolves joined the AHL after the IHL folded in 2001.
The International Hockey League (IHL) was a minor professional ice hockey league in the United States and Canada that operated from 1945 to 2001. The IHL served as the National Hockey League's alternate farm system to the American Hockey League (AHL). After 56 years of operation, financial instability led to the league's demise. Six of the surviving seven teams merged into the AHL in 2001.
The Wolves won the Turner Cup twice (1998, 2000) in the IHL and the Calder Cup twice (2002, 2008). The Wolves qualified for all but five postseasons (2005–06, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13, and 2015–16 seasons), appearing in six league championship finals (1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2008) in their 22-year history.
The Turner Cup was the championship trophy of the International Hockey League from 1945 to 2001 and the renamed United Hockey League from 2007 to 2010. The Cup was named for Joe Turner, a goaltender from Windsor, Ontario. Turner became professional with the Detroit Red Wings organization, and played one season with the Indianapolis Capitals in the American Hockey League. Turner was killed in Belgium during World War II, while serving with the United States Army.
The Calder Cup is the trophy awarded annually to the champions of the American Hockey League. It is the oldest continuously awarded professional ice hockey playoff trophy, as it has been annually presented since the 1936–37 season. The Calder Cup was first presented in 1937 to the Syracuse Stars.
The team's great star was forward Steve Maltais, who until his retirement after the 2004–05 season, had played every season of the franchise and holds most of its scoring records. Other notable players include goaltender Wendell Young, ex-Pittsburgh star Rob Brown and long time Chicago Blackhawks stars Troy Murray, Chris Chelios and Al Secord. The Wolves had their best season start in their 14-year history, during the 2007–08 season, winning 13 of the first 14 games, with an overtime loss. The Wolves finished the season with 111 points, and first in the Western Conference.
Steve Maltais is a Canadian retired ice hockey forward. He was originally selected by the Washington Capitals in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft.
The 2004–05 AHL season was the 69th season of the American Hockey League. Twenty-eight teams played 80 games each in the schedule. The Rochester Americans finished first overall in the regular season. The Philadelphia Phantoms won the Calder Cup, defeating the Chicago Wolves in the finals.
Wendell Edward Young is a Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender. He is currently the general manager of the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League.
The Wolves were the AHL affiliate of the Atlanta Thrashers from 2001 to 2011. The Thrashers relocated to Winnipeg in June 2011 and added the St. John's IceCaps (formerly the Manitoba Moose) as their new AHL affiliate, leaving the Wolves and the NHL's Vancouver Canucks to find new affiliates. On June 27, 2011, the Wolves and Canucks agreed to a two–year affiliation agreement.
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The St. John's IceCaps were a professional ice hockey team based in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. They were members of the North Division of the Eastern Conference of the American Hockey League (AHL). The team was originally affiliated with the second incarnation of the Winnipeg Jets from 2011 to 2015. However, beginning in the 2015–16 AHL season, they became the top affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL) after the Jets relocated their franchise back to Manitoba and the Canadiens moved the former Hamilton Bulldogs franchise to St. John's. The IceCaps were the second AHL team to be in St. John's, after the Toronto Maple Leafs' affiliate, the St. John's Maple Leafs from 1991 to 2005.
On April 23, 2013, the Wolves and St. Louis Blues reached a three-year affiliation agreement. The deal was struck after the Canucks and Wolves decided not to renew their existing affiliation agreement and purchased the Peoria Rivermen franchise from the Blues creating the Utica Comets.In November 2016, it was first reported the Blues would not renew their affiliation with the Wolves and were planning to move their affiliation to Kansas City for 2017. However, this was unconfirmed and then denied by the announced potential owner in Kansas City, Lamar Hunt Jr., in a press release from his ECHL team in the area, the Missouri Mavericks, and further denied by AHL commissioner, David Andrews, after the January 2017 Board of Governors meeting.
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The Peoria Rivermen were a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. They played in Peoria, Illinois, USA at the Carver Arena. On June 14, 2013, the team announced that it would relocate to Utica, New York after the 2012–13 AHL season, and be known as the Utica Comets.
The Utica Comets are a professional ice hockey team based in Utica, New York. They are members of the North Division, of the Eastern Conference of the American Hockey League (AHL). Beginning play in the 2013–14 season, the team plays at the Adirondack Bank Center as the AHL affiliate of the National Hockey League's Vancouver Canucks. The Comets are the second AHL team to call Utica home; the Utica Devils played in the city from 1987 until 1993 and were affiliated with the New Jersey Devils.
After the 2016–17 season, the Wolves became the first affiliate of the NHL's expansion team, the Vegas Golden Knights.The Blues did not re-sign with the Wolves to be their primary NHL affiliate for the 2017–18 season. However, Blues' general manager Doug Armstrong confirmed they would still send prospects to the Wolves for that season.
During the first season of their affiliation with Vegas, the Wolves set a pair of franchise records in earning points in 14 straight games from December 9 to January 6 and 13 consecutive home wins from December 6 to February 15.[ citation needed ]
The Wolves are the only AHL team with a full television package. All 76 regular-season games, plus playoffs, are broadcast on WPWR-TV (CW50), and WCIU-DT2 (26.2, U Too). As the Chicago Blackhawks' late owner Bill Wirtz had refused to allow Blackhawks home games to be televised locally, the Wolves were viewed and embraced as an alternative; the Wolves took advantage of this, going so far as to promote themselves with the slogan "We Play Hockey The Old-Fashioned Way: We Actually Win". After Judd Sirott served as the team's play-by-play announcer for its first 12 seasons, starting in the 2006–07 season broadcast announcers were long-time Blackhawks commentators Pat Foley and Bill Gardner; Foley ultimately returned to the Blackhawks for the 2008–09 season.Since 2008, Jason Shaver has handled the play-by-play duties for the Wolves, along with Gardner.
This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by the Wolves. For the full season-by-season history, see List of Chicago Wolves seasons
|2014–15||76||40||29||6||1||87||.572||210||198||3rd, Midwest||2015||L, 2–3, UTI||—||—||—|
|2015–16||76||33||35||5||3||74||.487||194||228||6th, Central||2016||Did not qualify|
|2016–17||76||44||19||8||5||101||.664||251||200||1st, Central||2017||W, 3–2, CHA||L, 1–4, GR||—||—|
|2017–18||76||42||23||7||4||95||.625||244||208||1st, Central||2018||L, 0–3, RFD||—||—||—|
|2018–19||76||44||22||6||4||98||.645||250||199||1st, Central||2019||W, 3–2, GR||W, 4–2, IA||TBD, SD||—|
Updated April 17, 2019.
|28||Jake Bischoff||D||L||24||2017||Cambridge, Minnesota||Golden Knights|
|7||Daniel Carr||LW||L||27||2018||Sherwood Park, Alberta||Golden Knights|
|15||Dylan Coghlan||D||L||20||2018||Nanaimo, British Columbia||Golden Knights|
|35||Oscar Dansk||G||L||25||2017||Stockholm, Sweden||Golden Knights|
|39||Reid Duke||C||R||23||2017||Calgary, Alberta||Golden Knights|
|22||Alex Gallant||LW||L||26||2018||Summerside, Prince Edward Island||Golden Knights|
|29||Cody Glass||C||R||20||2019||Winnipeg, Manitoba||Golden Knights|
|2||Nicolas Hague||D||L||20||2018||Kitchener, Ontario||Golden Knights|
|38||Tomas Hyka||RW||R||26||2017||Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic||Golden Knights|
|21||Ben Jones||C||L||20||2019||Waterloo, Ontario||Golden Knights|
|20||Keegan Kolesar||RW||R||22||2017||Brandon, Manitoba||Golden Knights|
|33||Maxime Lagace||G||L||26||2017||Longueuil, Quebec||Golden Knights|
|24||Jake Leschyshyn||C||L||20||2019||Raleigh, North Carolina||Golden Knights|
|37||Zac Leslie||D||L||25||2018||Ottawa, Ontario||Golden Knights|
|25||Tobias Lindberg||C||L||23||2019||Stockholm, Sweden||Golden Knights|
|13||Kevin Lough||D||L||27||2017||Kanata, Ontario||Wolves|
|17||Brooks Macek||RW||R||26||2018||Winnipeg, Manitoba||Golden Knights|
|23||Stefan Matteau||LW||L||25||2017||Chicago, Illinois||Golden Knights|
|5||Tye McGinn||LW||L||28||2019||Fergus, Ontario||Wolves|
|10||Curtis McKenzie ( A )||LW||L||28||2018||Golden, British Columbia||Golden Knights|
|30||Jiri Patera||G||L||20||2019||Prague, Czech Republic||Wolves|
|9||Gage Quinney||LW/C||L||23||2018||Las Vegas, Nevada||Golden Knights|
|6||Griffin Reinhart||D||L||25||2017||West Vancouver, British Columbia||Golden Knights|
|18||T. J. Tynan ( A )||C||R||27||2017||Orland Park, Illinois||Golden Knights|
|12||Ryan Wagner||F||L||23||2018||Park Ridge, Illinois||Wolves|
|14||Matthew Weis||C||L||23||2018||Madison, New Jersey||Wolves|
|4||Zach Whitecloud||D||L||22||2018||Brandon, Manitoba||Golden Knights|
|8||Tyler Wong||RW||R||23||2017||Airdrie, Alberta||Wolves|
|Penalty minutes||390||Kevin MacDonald||1994–95|
|Power Play Goals||27||Steve Maltais||1995–96 & 1996–97|
|Short-Handed Goals||7||Ben Simon||2002–03|
|Penalty minutes||1061||Steve Maltais|
|Power Play Goals||195||Steve Maltais|
|Short-Handed Goals||21||Derek MacKenzie|
|Game Winning Goals||67||Steve Maltais|
|Games played||839||Steve Maltais|
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