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Aberdeen Wings
City: Aberdeen, South Dakota
League: NAHL
Division: Central
Founded: 2010
Home Arena: Odde Ice Center
Colors: Red, Black,and White
Owner(s): Greg Odde
General Manager: Gregg Odde
Head Coach: Francis Anzalone
Franchise history
2010-Present: Aberdeen Wings

The Aberdeen Wings are a Junior A Tier II ice hockey team based out of Aberdeen, South Dakota that began play for 2010-11. A member of the North American Hockey League in the Central Division, the Wings play their home games in the Odde Ice Center. Since the team's inaugural season in 2010-2011, the Wings have held the highest attendance numbers in their NAHL division, boasting crowds over 1,700. In their first four seasons, the Aberdeen Wings have made the NAHL playoffs twice. The goal of any junior hockey team is to help develop players for the next level. In four seasons, the Wings have had 22 players Division-I college commitments, three players sign professional contracts overseas, and two players drafted in the NHL. During the 2014 NHL Draft, two Aberdeen Wings players were selected. Both taken in the 4th round, goaltender Zach Nagelvoort was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers and defenseman Steven Johnson was selected by the Los Angeles Kings. Wings forward Lennart Palausch signed a professional contract during the 2014 off-season with Heilbronner Falken of the DEL2 in Germany. In the 2013-2014 season, the Aberdeen Wings had two players selected to play in the 2014 World Junior Championships for their home countries, including forward Lennart Palausch (Germany) and forward Bjorn Sigurdarson (Iceland).

The 2014-2015 will be the first season under new head coach Francis Anzalone. A native of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, Anzalone served as the Associate Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel last season under Wings head coach Travis Winter. During the 2014 off-season, Winter accepted the assistant coach position at his alma mater Bemidji State University where he led the Beavers hockey team as captain to the Frozen Four in 2009. Anzalone comes from a very strong hockey family including his father, Frank Anzalone who was a National Championship college hockey coach, minor league head coach, and scout for the Calgary Flames.

Season RecordsEdit

Season GP W L OTL PTS GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
2010-11 58 20 34 4 44 166 219 829 6th, Central Did not qualify
2011-12 60 29 24 7 65 187 177 738 4th, Central Lost Div. Semi-Final series (1-3 vs. Bobcats)
2012-13 60 23 30 7 53 157 224 849 5th, Central Did not qualify
2013-14 60 38 18 4 80 183 140 691 2nd, Central
6 of 24 NAHL
Lost Div. Semi-Final series (0-3 vs. Bobcats)
2014-15 60 27 31 2 56 142 165 788 4th, Central
18 of 24
Lost Round 1 series (0-3 vs. Bruins)
2015–16 60 22 27 11 55 131 171 879 6th, Central
19th of 22, NAHL
Did not qualify

2014-2015 Coaching StaffEdit

Head Coach Francis Anzalone
Assistant Coach Mike Grattan


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