Chicago Wolves

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Chicago Wolves
Hockey current event.svg 2021–22 AHL season
Chicago Wolves Logo.svg
City Rosemont, Illinois
League American Hockey League
ConferenceWestern
DivisionCentral
Founded1994 (In the IHL)
Home arena Allstate Arena
ColorsBurgundy, gold, black, white
    
Owner(s)Don Levin, Buddy Meyers
General manager Wendell Young
Head coachRyan Warsofsky
Media My50
The U
AHL.TV (Internet)
Affiliates Carolina Hurricanes (NHL)
Franchise history
1994–presentChicago Wolves
Championships
Regular season titles1 IHL (1999–2000)
Division Championships4 IHL (1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01)
9 AHL (2004–05, 2007–08, 2009–10, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2020–21)
Conference Championships3 IHL (1997–98,
1999–00, 2000–01)
4 AHL
(2001–02, 2004–05, 2007–08, 2018–19)
Turner Cups2 (1997–98, 1999–2000)
Calder Cups2 (2001–02, 2007–08)

The Chicago Wolves are a professional ice hockey team playing in the American Hockey League and are the top minor-league affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes of the National 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.

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Originally a member of the International Hockey League, the Wolves joined the AHL after the IHL folded in 2001.

History

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 seven league championship finals (1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2008, and 2019) in their 22-year history.

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.

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2007–08 Wolves with the Calder Cup

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. [1]

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. [2] 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. [3] 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, [4] and further denied by AHL commissioner, David Andrews, after the January 2017 Board of Governors meeting. [5]

After the 2016–17 season, the Wolves became the first affiliate of the NHL's expansion team, the Vegas Golden Knights. [6] 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. [7]

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 [8] and 13 consecutive home wins from December 6 to February 15.[ citation needed ] In the 2018–19 season, the Wolves made the Calder Cup Finals, in which they lost to the Charlotte Checkers in five games. [9] During the 2019–20 season, the Golden Knights stated it was looking to own and operate its own AHL team in the Las Vegas region in 2020–21, but it would not be the Wolves. [10] The Golden Knights agreed to purchase the San Antonio Rampage franchise and move it to the Las Vegas area as the Henderson Silver Knights. [11] On September 10, 2020, the Wolves announced an affiliation agreement with the Carolina Hurricanes. [12] In addition, the Wolves added a temporary secondary NHL affiliate in the Nashville Predators for the 2020–21 season as the Predator's affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals, opted out of the COVID-19 pandemic-shortened season. [13] For the 2020–21 season, the teams' home games were at their training facility at the Triphahn Center in Hoffman Estates due to arena restrictions for fans during the pandemic. [14]

Television

The Wolves are the only AHL team with a full television package. All 76 regular-season games, plus playoffs, are broadcast on WPWR-TV (My50), and WMEU-CD (The U). 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 after Bill Wirtz died and his son Rocky took over the team, reversing many of his father's policies, one of which allowed the Blackhawks' games to be aired locally on TV. [15] Since 2008, Jason Shaver has handled the play-by-play duties for the Wolves, along with Gardner.

Season-by-season results

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

Regular seasonPlayoffs
SeasonGamesWonLostOTLSOLPointsPCTGoals
for
Goals
against
StandingYear1st
round
2nd
round
3rd
round
Finals
2016–17 76441985101.6642512001st, Central 2017 W, 3–2, CHA L, 1–4, GR
2017–18 7642237495.6252442081st, Central 2018 L, 0–3, RFD
2018–19 7644226498.6452501991st, Central 2019 W, 3–2, GR W, 4–2, IA W, 4–2, SD L, 1–4, CHA
2019–20 6127265362.5081551754th, Central2020Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2020–21 332191245.682132941st, Central2021No playoffs were held

Players

Current roster

Updated May 18, 2021. [16] [17]

# Nat Player Pos S/G AgeAcquiredBirthplaceContract
29 Flag of Germany.svg Dominik Bokk RW R21 2021 Schweinfurt, Germany Hurricanes
7 Flag of the United States.svg David Cotton C L23 2021 Parker, Texas Hurricanes
20 Flag of the United States.svg Cavan Fitzgerald  ( A ) D L24 2020 Boston, Massachusetts Hurricanes
23 Flag of the United States.svg Dave Gust RW R27 2021 Orland Park, Illinois Hurricanes
44 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Brandon Hickey D L25 2020 Leduc, Alberta Wolves
12 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Stelio Mattheos RW R21 2021 Winnipeg, Manitoba Hurricanes
26 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Jamieson Rees C L20 2021 Hamilton, Ontario Hurricanes
27 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Sheldon Rempal RW R25 2021 Calgary, Alberta Hurricanes
18 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Spencer Smallman RW R24 2021 Summerside, Prince Edward Island Hurricanes
53 Flag of the United States.svg Zach Solow RW R22 2021 Naples, Florida Wolves
30 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Beck Warm G L22 2020 Whistler, British Columbia Hurricanes
5 Flag of the United States.svg David Warsofsky D L31 2021 Marshfield, Massachusetts Hurricanes

Team captains

Retired numbers

Wolves retired numbers and honored personnel Wolves Retired Banners.JPG
Wolves retired numbers and honored personnel
Chicago Wolves retired numbers
No.PlayerPositionCareerNo. retirement
1 Wendell Young G 1994–2001December 1, 2001 [18]
11 Steve Maltais LW 1994–2005April 15, 2006 [18]

Honored personnel

Team records

Single season

Some of the Wolves banners hanging in the Allstate Arena Wolves Banners.JPG
Some of the Wolves banners hanging in the Allstate Arena
TypeNumberPlayerSeason
Goals 60 Steve Maltais 1996–97 [20]
Assists 91 Rob Brown 1995–96 [20]
Points143Rob Brown 1995–96 [20]
Penalty minutes390 Kevin MacDonald 1994–95 [20]
Hat-tricks 5Steve Maltais 1996–97 [20]
Power play goals 27Steve Maltais 1995–96 & 1996–97 [21]
Short-handed goals 7 Ben Simon 2002–03 [21]
Plus-minus +47 Arturs Kulda 2009–10 [21]
Wins38 Kari Lehtonen 2004–05 [21]
Shutouts 7 Jake Allen 2013–14 [22]

Career

TypeNumberPlayer
Goals454Steve Maltais [20]
Assists497Steve Maltais [20]
Points951Steve Maltais [20]
Penalty minutes1061Steve Maltais [20]
Hat-tricks18Steve Maltais [20]
Power play goals195Steve Maltais [20]
Short-handed goals21 Derek MacKenzie [21]
Game winning goals 67Steve Maltais [20]
Games played839Steve Maltais [23]
Wins169 Wendell Young [24]
Shutouts16Wendell Young [25]

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