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Chicago Wolves
Chicago Wolves Logo.svg
City Rosemont, Illinois
League American Hockey League
Conference Western Conference
Division West 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 Don Lever
Media CN100
Affiliates Atlanta Thrashers (NHL)
Gwinnett Gladiators (ECHL)
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
2 AHL 2004–05, 2007–08
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. 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 a pair of Chicago business owners.

Originally a member of the International Hockey League, the Wolves joined the AHL after the IHL folded in 2001. They are currently the AHL affiliate of the Atlanta Thrashers. 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 two postseasons (2005–06 and 2008–09 seasons), appearing in six league championship finals. (1998, 2000,2001,2002, 2005, 2008) in their short 16-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, and defenceman 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.

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Television

The Wolves are the only AHL team with a full television package. All 80 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 '06–'07 season broadcast announcers were long-time Blackhawks commentators Pat Foley and Bill Gardner; Foley would ultimately return to the Blackhawks for the 2008–09 season.[1] 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 (air channel 50, cable channel 8).

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 (2009–10)

Retired numbers

Current roster

As of March 13, 2010 [2]

Goaltenders
# Player Catches Acquired Place of birth
30 Canada Drew MacIntyre L 2009 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
33 United States Peter Mannino L 2009 Farmington Hills, Michigan
Defensemen
# Player Shoots Acquired Place of birth
2 Canada Paul Postma R 2009 Red Deer, Alberta
3 United States Noah Welch L 2009 Brighton, Massachusetts
5 United States Brian Sipotz R 2005 South Bend, Indiana
18 United States Brett Blatchford L 2010 Temperance, Michigan
22 Canada Nathan Oystrick R 2009 Regina, Saskatchewan
24 Canada Jamie Hunt L 2009 Calgary, Alberta
28 Canada Scott Lehman L 2007 Windsor, Ontario
32 Latvia Arturs Kulda L 2007 Riga, Latvia
36 Canada Steve McCarthy L 2009 Trail, British Columbia
38 Russia Ivan Vishnevskiy L 2010 Barnaul, Russia
Forwards
# Player Position Shoots Acquired Place of birth
4 Canada Reid Simpson LW L 2010 Flin Flon, Manitoba
6 Canada Anthony Stewart C R 2009 LaSalle, Quebec
8 Canada Spencer Machacek RW R 2008 Lethbridge, Alberta
9 Canada Riley Holzapfel C L 2007 Regina, Saskatchewan
10 Canada Jason Krog - C C R 2009 Fernie, British Columbia
12 Canada Angelo Esposito C L 2009 Montreal, Quebec
13 United States Patrick Galivan LW L 2010 Oak Park, Illinois
14 United States Matt Anderson C R 2007 West Islip, New York
15 United States Joey Crabb RW R 2006 Anchorage, Alaska
17 Canada Craig Weller RW R 2010 Calgary, Alberta
18 Canada Greg Stewart LW L 2010 Kitchener, Ontario
20 Canada Rylan Kaip C R 2008 Radville, Saskatchewan
21 Canada Kevin Doell C R 2009 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
23 United States Tim Stapleton RW R 2009 La Grange, Illinois
26 Canada Andrew Kozek LW L 2009 Sicamous, British Columbia
27 United States John Pohl C R 2009 Rochester, Minnesota
29 United States Brett Sterling LW L 2006 Los Angeles, California

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 36 18 16 0 2 38 110 103 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.

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

  1. ^ "Pat Foley returns to Hawks". Chicago Sun-Times. June 16, 2008. Retrieved on June 16, 2008.
  2. ^ Chicago Wolves Roster

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