|City||Watertown, New York|
|League||Federal Hockey League|
|Home arena||Watertown Municipal Arena|
|Colors||Black, blue, white|
|Head coach||Paul MacLean|
|Media||Watertown Daily Times|
|2010–2013||1000 Islands Privateers|
|Regular season titles||1 (2014–15)|
|Playoff championships||2 (2015, 2018)|
The Watertown Wolves are a minor professional hockey team in the Federal Hockey League based in Watertown, New York and play home games at the Watertown Municipal Arena. The team was on hiatus during the 2015–16 season while renovations at the Watertown Municipal Arena were completed and then returned for the 2016–17 season.With a history dating to 2010, the Wolves are the oldest franchise in the FHL.
The Federal Hockey League (FHL) is a professional ice hockey league with teams in the midwestern, southern, and northeastern United States. The FHL began operations in November 2010. Don Kirnan is the league's commissioner. The league has also branded itself as the Federal Professional Hockey League from 2015 to 2018 and the Federal Prospects Hockey League since 2018.
The Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds is a multi-purpose facility in Watertown, New York.
The team was originally known as the 1000 Islands Privateers and played at the Bonnie Castle Recreation Center in Alexandria Bay for two seasons before moving to Watertown for the 2012–13 season.On March 1, 2013, Privateers owner and president Nicole Kirnan served as the team’s coach for the first time, making her the first woman to head coach a professional hockey team in the United States.
Bonnie Castle Recreation Center is an ice rink facility in Alexandria Bay, New York. It features an NHL sized sheet of ice for hockey, figure skating and open skating. Located just three miles from Bonnie Castle Year Round Resort.
Alexandria Bay is a village in Jefferson County, New York, United States, within the town of Alexandria. It is located in the Thousand Islands region of northern New York. The population of the village was 1,078 at the 2010 United States Census. It lies near the Thousand Islands Border Crossing of Canada and the United States.
Before the 2013–14 season, the Privateers revamped their identity by changing their name to the Watertown Privateers and redesigning their jerseys and logo. Brad Zangs was brought in as new head coach.
Watertown's FHL team returned for the 2014–15 with new ownership after the previous owners decided not to continue. The team rechristened itself as the Watertown Wolves during this season.
In their first season, the Wolves won both the regular season and the playoffs championship. First-year head coach, Brent Clarke, would be named FHL Coach of the Year, but would resign after the season.
The Wolves suspended operations for the 2015–16 season to allow for the Watertown Municipal Arena to be renovated; the team attempted to find another arena in Northern New York to use, but were unable to find an available venue. The renovations were completed on schedule and the Wolves signed a new one-year lease agreement with the city of Watertown in order to return after one season off.
The Wolves returned for the 2016–17 season and hired Phil Esposito as head coach.
The 2016–17 Federal Hockey League season is the seventh season of the Federal Hockey League. The regular season ran from October 28, 2016 to April 2, 2017, with an unbalanced 56-game schedule between the seven teams. The Danville Dashers won their first Commissioner's Cup.
Prior to the 2017–18 season, the franchise was purchased by IDHL, LLC., the a subsidiary of the FHL and an organization that had announced to be operating a developmental league as feeder system for the FHLcalled the International Developmental Hockey League. The IDHL put off launching the new league and would instead focus solely on operating the Wolves. The shareholders in Top Shelf Hockey eventually left the Wolves organization outright later in the offseason stating they had grown exhausted over the major financial and emotional investments they were making in the franchise. The new owners did not retain Esposito as coach and instead hired Trevor Karasiewicz.
Karasiewicz led the team to a league championship in first season. After his second season, he left for the head coaching position with the Fresno Monsters, a junior team in the Western States Hockey League. Former Danville Dashers coach Paul MacLean was brought in as his replacement.
|2010–11||44||26||13||—||5||0||57||3rd of 6||Lost Semifinals, 1–3 vs. Akwesasne Warriors|
|2011–12||49||29||15||3||1||1||95||2nd of 8||Won First Round, 2–1 vs. Akwesasne Warriors|
Lost Second Round, 0–2 vs. Danbury Whalers
|2012–13||53||18||26||5||2||2||68||3rd of 6||Lost Semifinals, 0–3 vs. Danbury Whalers|
|2013–14||56||15||32||5||4||—||59||3rd of 4||Lost Semifinals, 1–2 vs. Dayton Demonz|
|2014–15||54||32||13||6||3||—||111||1st of 6||Won Semifinals, 2–1 vs. Danbury Whalers|
Won Finals, 3–2 vs. Danville Dashers
|2016–17||56||27||23||2||4||—||89||4th of 7||Lost Semifinals, 1–2 vs. Danville Dashers|
|2017–18||52||29||12||6||5||—||104||2nd of 7||Won Semifinals, 2–0 vs. Carolina Thunderbirds |
Won Finals, 3–1 vs. Port Huron Prowlers
|2018–19||58||24||16||7||1||—||87||3rd of 6||Lost Semifinals, 0–2 vs. Elmira Enforcers|
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