Chicago Wolves

Chicago Wolves
Chicago Wolves
Chicago Wolves Logo.svg
City Rosemont, Illinois
League American Hockey League
Conference Western Conference
Division Midwest Division
Founded 1994–95 (IHL)
Home arena Allstate Arena
Colors

Maroon, gold, black, white

                   
Owner(s) Don Levin, Buddy Meyers
General manager Wendell Young
Head coach Craig MacTavish
Media CN100
WPWR-TV
Affiliates Vancouver Canucks (NHL)
Kalamazoo Wings (ECHL)
Missouri Mavericks (CHL)
Franchise history
1994–2001 (IHL) Chicago Wolves
2001–present (AHL) Chicago Wolves
Championships
Regular season titles 1 IHL 1999–2000
Division Championships 4 IHL 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01
3 AHL 2004–05, 2007–08, 2009–10
Conference Championships 3 IHL 1997–98,
1999–2000, 2000–01
3 AHL
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 hockey team playing in the American Hockey League. They are the top affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks of the NHL. The Wolves play home games at the Allstate Arena in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois. The Wolves are owned by Don Levin and Buddy Meyers, who are Chicago business owners.

Originally a member of the International Hockey League, the Wolves joined the AHL after the IHL folded in 2001. They also share the same metropolitan area with the Chicago Blackhawks. The Wolves' mascot is a gray wolf named Skates. The mascot wears number 94, noting the year (1994) the Wolves began play in the IHL.

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History

The team has never had a losing season during its history, including four league playoff championships. The Wolves won the Turner Cup twice (1998, 2000) in the IHL and the Calder Cup twice (2002, 2008). The Wolves qualified for all except three postseasons (2005–06, 2008–09 and 2010-11 seasons), appearing in six league championship finals. (1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2008) in their short 17-year history

The team's great star was forward Steve Maltais, who until his retirement after the 2004–2005 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, long time Chicago Blackhawks star Troy Murray, Chris Chelios, Al Secord, and defenseman Bob Nardella. 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.

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 two–year affiliation agreement.[1]

Television

The Wolves are the only AHL team with a full television package. All 76 regular-season games, plus playoffs, are broadcast on Comcast cable. 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. 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.[2] Currently Jason Shaver handles play by play for the Wolves, along with Gardner still at color commentator. The Games are televised on Comcast Channel 100 and occasionally on local Chicago station WPWR. and NBC Chicago Nonstop (Comcast channel 341)

Players

Team captains

  • Steve Maltais (1994–96)
  • Troy Murray (1996–97)
  • Steve Maltais (1997–2000)
  • Kevin Dahl (2000–01)
  • Steve Maltais (2001–05)
  • Derek MacKenzie (2005–06)
  • No Captain (2006–07)
  • Darren Haydar (2007–08)
  • Jamie Rivers (2008–09)
  • Jason Krog (2009–11)

Retired numbers

Honored numbers

  • 16 Tim Breslin, LW, 1994–1999
  • 19 Dan Snyder, C, 2001-2003

Current roster

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Updated November 18, 2011.[3][4]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
22 Canada Archibald, DarrenDarren Archibald LW L 21 2011 Newmarket, Ontario Canucks
5 Canada Baumgartner, NolanNolan Baumgartner (C) D R 35 2008 Calgary, Alberta Canucks
26 Canada Clackson, MattMatt Clackson RW R 26 2011 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Wolves
33 Canada Climie, MattMatt Climie G L 28 2011 Leduc, Alberta Canucks
6 Canada Connauton, KevinKevin Connauton D L 21 2010 Edmonton, Alberta Canucks
13 United States Davies, MichaelMichael Davies LW R 24 2011 Newmarket, Ontario Wolves
21 Canada Doell, KevinKevin Doell (A) C R 32 2011 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Wolves
17 Canada Duco, MikeMike Duco LW L 24 2011 Toronto, Ontario Canucks
2 Sweden Erixon, SebastianSebastian Erixon D L 22 2011 Sundsvall, Sweden Canucks
10 Canada Friesen, DustinDustin Friesen D L 28 2011 Waldheim, Saskatchewan Canucks
20 Canada Haydar, DarrenDarren Haydar (A) RW R 32 2010 Milton, Ontario Wolves
31 Sweden Lack, EddieEddie Lack G R 23 2010 Norrtälje, Sweden Canucks
9 Canada Longpre, NathanNathan Longpre F L 23 2011 Peterborough, Ontario Wolves
24 Canada Mancari, MarkMark Mancari RW R 26 2011 London, Ontario Canucks
25 Canada Matheson, MarkMark Matheson D R 27 2010 Calgary, Alberta Wolves
14 United States Miller, TimTim Miller LW L 24 2011 Davisburg, Michigan Wolves
38 Canada Oreskovich, VictorVictor Oreskovich RW R 25 2010 Whitby, Ontario Canucks
7 Canada Parent, RyanRyan Parent D L 24 2010 Prince Albert, Saskatchewan Canucks
3 Czech Republic Polasek, AdamAdam Polasek D L 20 2011 Ostrava, Czechoslovakia Canucks
29 Canada Reinprecht, SteveSteve Reinprecht C L 35 2011 Edmonton, Alberta Canucks
15 Sweden Rodin, AntonAnton Rodin RW L 20 2011 Stockholm, Sweden Canucks
27 France Roussel, AntoineAntoine Roussel LW L 21 2011 Roubaix, France Wolves
4 Canada Sauve, YannYann Sauve D L 21 2010 Montreal, Quebec Canucks
28 Canada Schneider, StefanStefan Schneider RW R 21 2010 Vernon, British Columbia Canucks
18 United States Schroeder, JordanJordan Schroeder C R 21 2010 Prior Lake, Minnesota Canucks
23 United States Sweatt, BillBill Sweatt LW L 23 2010 Elburn, Illinois Canucks
12 Canada Tanev, ChrisChris Tanev D R 21 2011 Toronto, Ontario Canucks
8 United States Testwuide, J. P.J. P. Testwuide D L 27 2011 Vail, Colorado Wolves

Season-by-season results

Regular season

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL SOL Points Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing
1994–95 81 34 33 14 82 261 306 3rd, Northern
1995–96 82 40 34 8 88 288 310 2nd, Midwest
1996–97 82 40 36 6 86 276 290 3rd, Midwest
1997–98 82 55 24 3 113 301 258 1st, Midwest T
1998–99 82 49 21 12 110 285 246 1st, Midwest
1999–00 82 53 21 8 114 270 228 1st, Western T
2000–01 82 43 32 7 93 267 249 1st, Western *
2001–02 80 37 31 7 5 86 250 236 4th, West C
2002–03 80 43 25 8 4 98 276 237 2nd, West
2003–04 80 42 26 9 3 96 246 208 3rd, West
2004–05 80 49 24 2 5 105 245 211 1st, West *
2005–06 80 36 32 4 8 84 278 275 5th, West
2006–07 80 46 25 3 6 101 331 252 2nd, West
2007–08 80 53 22 2 3 111 300 226 1st, West C
2008–09 80 38 37 3 2 81 226 222 6th, West
2009–10 80 49 24 1 6 105 264 214 1st, West
2010–11 80 39 30 5 6 89 260 262 6th, West
  • T= Turner Cup Champions
  • C= Calder Cup Champions
  • *= Conference Champions
  • Bold Print = Division Champions

Playoffs

Season Prelim 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Finals
1994–95 L, 0–3, KAL
1995–96 W, 3–1 SF L, 1–4, LV
1996–97 L, 1–3, SA
1997–98 W, 3–0, MTB W, 4–2, MIL W, 4–2, LB W, 4–3, DET
1998–99 bye W, 3–0, MTB L, 3–4, HOU
1999–00 bye W, 4–0, LB W, 4–2, HOU W, 4–2, GR
2000–01 W, 4–1, MIL W, 4–2, MTB L, 1–4, ORL
2001–02 W, 2–1, CIN W, 3–2, GR W, 4–3, SYR W, 4–1, HOU W, 4–1, BRI
2002–03 W, 3–2, HER L, 0–4, GR
2003–04 W, 4–0, GR L, 2–4 MIL
2004–05 W, 4–1, HOU W, 4–1, CIN W, 4–0, MTB L, 0–4, PHIL
2005–06 Did not qualify.
2006–07 W, 4–0, MIL W, 4–2, IOWA L, 1–4, HAM
2007–08 W, 4–2, MIL W, 4-3, ROC W, 4-1, TOR W, 4-2, WB/S
2008–09 Did not qualify.
2009–10 W, 4–3, MIL L, 3-4, TEX
2010–11 Did not qualify.

Team records

Single season

Goals: 60 Canada Steve Maltais (1996–97)
Assists: 91 Canada Rob Brown (1995–96)
Points: 143, Rob Brown (1995–96)
Penalty minutes: 390 Canada Kevin MacDonald (1994–95)
GAA: 1.89 Canada Richard Shulmistra (2000–01)
SV%: .937, Richard Shulmistra (2000–01)

Career

Career goals: 454, Maltais
Career assists: 497, Maltais
Career points: 951, Maltais
Career penalty minutes: 1061, Maltais
Career goaltending wins: 169 Canada Wendell Young
Career shutouts: 16, Young
Career games: 843, Maltais

References

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