Chicago Wolves

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Chicago Wolves
Hockey current event.svg 2018–19 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 coach Rocky Thompson
Media CW50
The U Too
AHL.TV (Internet)
Affiliates Vegas Golden Knights (NHL)
Fort Wayne Komets (ECHL)
Franchise history
1994–presentChicago Wolves
Championships
Regular season titles1 IHL 1999–2000
Division Championships4 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 Championships3 IHL 1997–98,
1999–2000, 2000–01
3 AHL
2001–02, 2004–05, 2007–08
Turner Cups2 1997–98, 1999–2000
Calder Cups2 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 team sport played on ice using sticks, skates, and a puck

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American Hockey League ice hockey league in the United States

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 Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, United States

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.

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

International Hockey League (1945–2001) 1945–2001 North American ice hockey league

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.

History

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2007-08 Wolves with the Calder Cup

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.

Turner Cup

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.

Calder Cup trophy

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 Canadian ice hockey player

Steve Maltais is a Canadian retired ice hockey forward. He was originally selected by the Washington Capitals in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft.

2004–05 AHL season

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. [1]

Atlanta Thrashers American ice hockey team based in Atlanta

The Atlanta Thrashers were a professional ice hockey team based in Atlanta. Atlanta was granted a franchise in the National Hockey League (NHL) on June 25, 1997, and became the League's 28th franchise when it began play in the 1999–2000 season. They were members of the Southeast Division of the NHL's Eastern Conference, and played their home games at Philips Arena in downtown Atlanta. The Thrashers qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs only once, during the 2006–07 season in which they won the Southeast Division, but were swept in the first round by the New York Rangers.

Winnipeg Jets hockey team of the National Hockey League

The Winnipeg Jets are a professional ice hockey team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The team is owned by True North Sports & Entertainment and plays its home games at Bell MTS Place.

St. Johns IceCaps

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. [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]

St. Louis Blues hockey team of the National Hockey League

The St. Louis Blues are a professional ice hockey team in St. Louis, Missouri. They are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Blues play their home games at the 19,150-seat Enterprise Center in downtown St. Louis. Enterprise Center is the second home arena of the Blues, with the team first playing at St. Louis Arena from 1967 to 1994.

Peoria Rivermen (AHL) AHL hockey team, 2005 to 2013 in Peoria, Illinois

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.

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. [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 and 13 consecutive home wins from December 6 to February 15.[ citation needed ]

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 (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. [8] 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

Players

Current roster

Updated April 17, 2019. [9] [10]

# Nat Player Pos S/G AgeAcquiredBirthplaceContract
28 Flag of the United States.svg Jake Bischoff D L24 2017 Cambridge, Minnesota Golden Knights
7 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Daniel Carr LW L27 2018 Sherwood Park, Alberta Golden Knights
15 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Dylan Coghlan D L20 2018 Nanaimo, British Columbia Golden Knights
35 Flag of Sweden.svg Oscar Dansk G L25 2017 Stockholm, Sweden Golden Knights
39 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Reid Duke C R23 2017 Calgary, Alberta Golden Knights
22 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Alex Gallant LW L26 2018 Summerside, Prince Edward Island Golden Knights
29 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Cody Glass C R20 2019 Winnipeg, Manitoba Golden Knights
2 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Nicolas Hague D L20 2018 Kitchener, Ontario Golden Knights
38 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Tomas Hyka RW R26 2017 Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic Golden Knights
21 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Ben Jones C L20 2019 Waterloo, Ontario Golden Knights
20 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Keegan Kolesar RW R22 2017 Brandon, Manitoba Golden Knights
33 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Maxime Lagace G L26 2017 Longueuil, Quebec Golden Knights
24 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Jake Leschyshyn C L20 2019 Raleigh, North Carolina Golden Knights
37 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Zac Leslie D L25 2018 Ottawa, Ontario Golden Knights
25 Flag of Sweden.svg Tobias Lindberg C L23 2019 Stockholm, Sweden Golden Knights
13 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Kevin Lough D L27 2017 Kanata, Ontario Wolves
17 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Brooks Macek RW R26 2018 Winnipeg, Manitoba Golden Knights
23 Flag of the United States.svg Stefan Matteau LW L25 2017 Chicago, Illinois Golden Knights
5 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Tye McGinn LW L28 2019 Fergus, Ontario Wolves
10 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Curtis McKenzie  ( A ) LW L28 2018 Golden, British Columbia Golden Knights
30 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Jiri Patera G L20 2019 Prague, Czech Republic Wolves
9 Flag of the United States.svg Gage Quinney LW/C L23 2018 Las Vegas, Nevada Golden Knights
6 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Griffin Reinhart D L25 2017 West Vancouver, British Columbia Golden Knights
18 Flag of the United States.svg T. J. Tynan  ( A ) C R27 2017 Orland Park, Illinois Golden Knights
12 Flag of the United States.svg Ryan Wagner F L23 2018 Park Ridge, Illinois Wolves
14 Flag of the United States.svg Matthew Weis C L23 2018 Madison, New Jersey Wolves
4 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Zach Whitecloud D L22 2018 Brandon, Manitoba Golden Knights
8 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Tyler Wong RW R23 2017 Airdrie, Alberta Wolves

Retired numbers

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Wolves retired numbers and honored personnel

Team captains

Honored personnel

Team records

Single season

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Some of the Wolves banners hanging in the Allstate Arena
TypeNumberPlayerSeason
Goals 60 Steve Maltais 1996–97 [12]
Assists 91 Rob Brown 1995–96 [12]
Points143 Rob Brown 1995–96 [12]
Penalty minutes390 Kevin MacDonald 1994–95 [12]
Hat-tricks 5 Steve Maltais 1996–97 [12]
Power Play Goals 27 Steve Maltais 1995–96 & 1996–97 [13]
Short-Handed Goals 7 Ben Simon 2002–03 [13]
Plus-Minus +47 Arturs Kulda 2009–10 [13]
Wins38 Kari Lehtonen 2004–05 [13]
Shutouts 7 Jake Allen 2013–14 [14]

Career

TypeNumberPlayer
Goals454 Steve Maltais [12]
Assists497 Steve Maltais [12]
Points951 Steve Maltais [12]
Penalty minutes1061 Steve Maltais [12]
Hat-tricks18 Steve Maltais [12]
Power Play Goals195 Steve Maltais [12]
Short-Handed Goals21 Derek MacKenzie [13]
Game Winning Goals 67 Steve Maltais [12]
Games played839 Steve Maltais [15]
Wins169 Wendell Young [16]
Shutouts16 Wendell Young [17]

See also

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