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Chicago Wolves
Chicago Wolves Logo
City: Rosemont, Illinois
League: American Hockey League
Conference: Western Conference
Division: Central 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 Berube (2016-17)
Media: Comcast_Network WPWR-TV
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
5 AHL 2004–05, 2007–08, 2009–10, 2011–12, 2013–14
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 and are owned by Chicago business owners Don Levin and Buddy Meyers. They are the minor league affiliate of the St. Louis Blues.

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

HistoryEdit

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 four postseasons (2005–06, 2008–09, 2010–11, and 2012-13 seasons), appearing in six league championship finals (1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2008) in their 19-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 stars 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]

On April 23, 2013, the Wolves and St. Louis Blues reached a 3-year affiliation agreement. The deal was struck after the Canucks decided not to renew their existing affiliation agreement and purchased the Peoria Rivermen franchise from the Blues creating the Utica Comets.[2]

TelevisionEdit

The Wolves are the only AHL team with a full television package. All 76 regular-season games, plus playoffs, are broadcast on Comcast cable, WPWR-TV (channel 50), 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. 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.[3] Currently Jason Shaver handles play by play for the Wolves, along with Gardner still at color commentator.

Year by yearEdit

League ChampionsConference Champions * Division Champions ^ Regular Season League Leader ¤
League season Conference Division Regular-season Postseason
Finish GP W L T OT SOL Pts GF GA PIM GP W L GF GA Result
International Hockey League
1994–1995 Northern 3rd 81 34 33 14 0 82 261 306 2,223 3 0 3 9 16 Lost in first round 0–3 (Kalamazoo Wings)[4]
1995–1996 Midwest 2nd 82 40 34 8 88 288 310 2,423 9 4 5 29 32 Won in first round 3–1 (San Francisco Spiders)
Lost in Quarterfinals 1–4 (Las Vegas Thunder)
[5]
1996–1997 Midwest 3rd 82 40 36 6 86 276 290 1,508 4 1 3 11 14 Lost in first round 1–3 (San Antonio Dragons)[6]
1997–1998Western* Midwest^ 1st 82 55¤ 24 3 113 301¤ 258 1,751 22 15 7 77 63 Won in first round 3–0 (Manitoba Moose)
Won in Quarterfinals 4–2 (Milwaukee Admirals)
Won in Semifinals 4–2 (Long Beach Ice Dogs)
Won in Turner Cup Finals 4–3 (Detroit Vipers)
[7]
1998–1999WesternMidwest^ 1st 82 49 21 12 110 285 246 2,044 10 6 4 27 32 Won Quarterfinals 3–0 (Manitoba Moose)
Lost in Semifinals 3–4 (Houston Aeros)
[8]
1999–2000Western* 1st 82 53¤ 21 8 114¤ 270¤ 228 1,695 16 12 4 55 39 Won Quarterfinals 4–0 (Long Beach Ice Dogs)
Won in Semifinals 4–2 (Houston Aeros)
Won in Turner Cup Finals 4–2 (Grand Rapids Griffins)†
[9]
2000–2001Western* 1st 82 43 32 7 93 267 249 1,563 16 9 7 47 43 Won Quarterfinals 4–1 (Milwaukee Admirals)
Won in Semifinals 4–2 (Manitoba Moose)
Lost in Turner Cup Finals 1–4 (Orlando Solar Bears)
[10]
American Hockey League
2001–2002Western* West 4th 80 37 31 7 5 86 250 236 1,695 25 17 8 74 58 Won in Conference Qualifier 2–1 (Cincinnati Mighty Ducks)
Won in Conference Quarterfinals 3–2 (Grand Rapids Griffins)
Won in Conference Semifinals 4–3 (Syracuse Crunch)
Won in Conference Finals 4–1 (Houston Aeros)
Won in Calder Cup Finals 4–1 (Bridgeport Sound Tigers)†
[11]
2002–2003Western West 2nd 80 43 25 8 4 98 276 237 1,905 8 3 5 21 21 Won in Conference Quarterfinals 3–2 (Hershey Bears)
Lost in Conference Semifinals 4–0 (Grand Rapids Griffins)
[12]
2003–2004Western West 2nd 80 42 26 9 3 96 246 208 1,658 10 6 4 31 24 Won in Division Semifinals 4–0 (Grand Rapids Griffins)
Lost in Division Finals 2–4 (Milwaukee Admirals)
[13]
2004–2005Western* West^ 1st 80 49 24 5 2 105 245 211 1,954 18 12 6 50 32 Won in Division Semifinals 4–1 (Houston Aeros)
Won in Division Finals 4–1 (Cincinnati Mighty Ducks)
Won in Conference Finals 4–0 (Manitoba Moose)
Lost in Calder Cup Finals 0–4 (Philadelphia Phantoms)
[14]
2005–2006Western West 5th 80 36 32 4 8 84 278 275 2,028 Did not qualify
2006–2007Western West 2nd 80 46 25 3 6 101 331¤ 252 1,704 15 9 6 51 36 Won in Division Semifinals 4–0 (Milwaukee Admirals)
Won in Division Finals 4–2 (Iowa Stars)
Lost in Conference Finals 1–4 (Hamilton Bulldogs)
[15]
2007–2008Western* West^ 1st 80 53 22 2 3 111 300¤ 226 1,869 24 16 8 76 52 Won in Division Semifinals 4–2 (Milwaukee Admirals)
Won in Division Finals 4–3 (Rockford IceHogs)
Won in Conference Finals 4–1 (Toronto Marlies)
Won in Calder Cup Finals 4–1 (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins)
[16]
2008–2009Western West 6th 80 38 37 3 2 81 226 222 1,288 Did not qualify
2009–2010Western West^1st 80 49 24 1 6 105 264 214 1,112 14 7 7 44 46 Won in Division Semifinals 4–3 (Milwaukee Admirals)
Lost in Division Finals 3–4 (Texas Stars)
[17]
2010–2011Western West6th 80 39 30 5 6 89 260 262 1402 Did not qualify
2011–2012Western Midwest^1st 76 42 27 4 3 91 213 193 1,065 5 2 3 15 15 Lost in Conference Quarterfinals 2–3 (San Antonio Rampage)[18]
2012–2013Western Midwest4th 76 37 30 5 4 83 204 207 1,090 Did not qualify
2013–2014Western Midwest^1st 76 45 21 5 5 100 239 191 1,026 9 3 6 23 32 Won in Conference Quarterfinals 3–2 (Rochester Americans)
Lost in Conference Semifinals 4–0 (Toronto Marlies)
[19]
2014-15Western Midwest 3rd 76 40 29 - 6 1 87 210 198 - 5 2 3 - - Lost in Conference Quarterfinals 2-3 (Utica Comets)
2015-16 Western Central 6th 76 33 35 - 5 3 74 194 228 - Did not qualify

Retired numbersEdit

Wolves Retired Banners

Wolves retired numbers and honored personnel

Team captainsEdit


Honored personnelEdit

Team recordsEdit

Single seasonEdit

Wolves Banners

Some of the Wolves banners hanging in the Allstate Arena

Type Amount Player Season
Goals 60 Steve Maltais 1996–97
Assists 91 Rob Brown 1995–96
Points 143 Rob Brown 1995–96
Penalty minutes 390 Kevin MacDonald 1994–95
Hat-tricks 5 Steve Maltais 1996–97
Power Play Goals 27 Steve Maltais 1995–96 & 1996–97
Short-Handed Goals 7 Ben Simon 2002–03
Plus-Minus +47 Arturs Kulda 2009–10
Wins 38 Kari Lehtonen 2004–05
Shutouts 7 Jake Allen 2013–14

CareerEdit

Type Amount Player
Goals 454 Steve Maltais
Assists 497 Steve Maltais
Points 951 Steve Maltais
Penalty minutes 1061 Steve Maltais
Hat-tricks 18 Steve Maltais
Power Play Goals 195 Steve Maltais
Short-Handed Goals 21 Derek MacKenzie
Game Winning Goals 67 Steve Maltais
Games played 839 Steve Maltais
Wins 169 Wendell Young
Shutouts 16 Wendell Young

ReferencesEdit

  1. Canucks enter new AHL affiliation agreement with Chicago. The Sports Network. Retrieved on 27 June 2011.
  2. Blues Announce Affiliation with Wolves: Chicago Wolves will serve as the Blues' AHL affiliate for at least three seasons, NHL.com (April 23, 2013)
  3. "Pat Foley returns to Hawks". Chicago Sun-Times. June 16, 2008. Retrieved on June 16, 2008.
  4. 1994-95 IHL Playoff Results. Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on 2013-01-08.
  5. 1995-96 IHL Playoff Results. Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on 2013-01-08.
  6. 1996-97 IHL Playoff Results. Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on 2013-01-08.
  7. 1997-98 IHL Playoff Results. Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on 2013-01-08.
  8. 1998-99 IHL Playoff Results. Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on 2013-01-08.
  9. 1999-00 IHL Playoff Results. Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on 2013-01-08.
  10. 2000-01 IHL Playoff Results. Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on 2013-01-08.
  11. 2001-02 AHL Playoff Results. Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on 2013-01-08.
  12. 2002-03 AHL Playoff Results. Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on 2013-01-08.
  13. 2003-04 AHL Playoff Results. Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on 2013-01-08.
  14. 2004-05 AHL Playoff Results. Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on 2013-01-08.
  15. 2006-07 AHL Playoff Results. Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on 2013-01-08.
  16. 2007-08 AHL Playoff Results. Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on 2013-01-08.
  17. 2009-10 AHL Playoff Results. Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on 2013-01-08.
  18. 2011-12 AHL Playoff Results. Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on 2013-01-08.
  19. 2011-12 AHL Playoff Results. Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on 2013-01-08.

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