|League:||American Hockey League|
|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)|
|Affiliates:||Atlanta Thrashers (NHL)|
Gwinnett Gladiators (ECHL)
|1994–2001 (IHL):||Chicago Wolves|
|2001–Present (AHL):||Chicago Wolves|
|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, |
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.
History[edit | edit source]
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.
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.
Television[edit | edit source]
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. Currently Jason Shaver handles play by play for the Wolves, along with Gardner still at color commentator.
Year by year[edit | edit source]
|League Champions †||Conference Champions *||Division Champions ^||Regular Season League Leader ¤|
|International Hockey League|
|1994–95||—||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)|
|1995–96||—||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)
|1996–97||—||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)|
|1997–98||Western*||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)†
|1998–99||Western||Midwest^||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)
|1999–00||Western*||—||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)†
|2000–01||Western*||—||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)
|American Hockey League|
|2001–02||Western*||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)†
|2002–03||Western||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)
|2003–04||Western||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)
|2004–05||Western*||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)
|2005–06||Western||West||5th||80||36||32||—||4||8||84||278||275||2,028||—||—||—||—||—||Did not qualify|
|2006–07||Western||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)
|2007–08||Western*||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 4–2 (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins)†
|2008–09||Western||West||6th||80||38||37||—||3||2||81||226||222||1,288||—||—||—||—||—||Did not qualify|
|2009–10||Western||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)
|2010–11||Western||West||6th||80||39||30||—||5||6||89||260||262||1402||—||—||—||—||—||Did not qualify|
|2011–12||Western||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)|
|2012–13||Western||Midwest||4th||76||37||30||—||5||4||83||204||207||1,090||—||—||—||—||—||Did not qualify|
|2013–14||Western||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 0–4 (Toronto Marlies)
|2014–15||Western||Midwest||3rd||76||40||29||—||6||1||87||210||198||1,076||5||2||3||11||13||Lost in Conference Quarterfinals 2–3 (Utica Comets)|
|2015–16||Western||Central||6th||76||33||35||—||5||3||74||194||228||1,230||—||—||—||—||—||Did not qualify|
|2016–17||Western||Central^||1st||76||44||19||—||8||5||101||251||200||947||10||4||6||29||35||Won Division Semifinals 3–2 (Charlotte Checkers)|
Lost Division Finals 1–4 (Grand Rapids Griffins)
|2017–18||Western||Central^||1st||76||42||23||—||7||4||95||244||208||848||3||0||3||6||11||Lost Division Semifinals 0–3 (Rockford IceHogs)|
|2018–19||Western*||Central^||1st||76||44||22||—||6||4||98||250||199||886||22||12||10||64||67||Won Division Semifinals 3–2 (Grand Rapids Griffins)|
Won Division Finals 4–2 (Iowa Wild)
Won Conference Finals 4–2 (San Diego Gulls)
Lost Calder Cup Finals 1–4 (Charlotte Checkers)
|IHL totals||573||314||201||—||14||44||686||1,948||1,887||13,207||80||47||33||255||239||7 playoff appearances|
|AHL totals||1,408||759||482||24||81||62||1,684||4,181||3,967||24,783||168||93||76||495||442||13 playoff appearances|
|Franchise totals||1,981||1,073||683||24||95||106||2,370||6,129||5,854||37,990||248||140||109||750||681||20 playoff appearances|
Retired numbers[edit | edit source]
Team captains[edit | edit source]
- 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)
- Nolan Baumgartner (2011–12)
- Darren Haydar (2012–13)
- Taylor Chorney (2013–14)
- Brent Regner (2014-15)
Honored personnel[edit | edit source]
- Tim Breslin, LW, 1994–1999
- Dan Snyder, C, 2001–2003
- John Anderson, Head Coach, 1997–2008, 2013-Present
- Kevin Cheveldayoff, GM, 1997–2009
Team records[edit | edit source]
Single season[edit | edit source]
|Penalty minutes||390||Kevin MacDonald||1994–95|
|Power Play Goals||27||Steve Maltais||1995–96 & 1996–97|
|Short-Handed Goals||7||Ben Simon||2002–03|
Career[edit | edit source]
|Penalty minutes||1061||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|
References[edit | edit source]
- Canucks enter new AHL affiliation agreement with Chicago. The Sports Network. Retrieved on 27 June 2011.
- Blues Announce Affiliation with Wolves: Chicago Wolves will serve as the Blues' AHL affiliate for at least three seasons, NHL.com (April 23, 2013)
- "Pat Foley returns to Hawks". Chicago Sun-Times. June 16, 2008. Retrieved on June 16, 2008.
- 1994-95 IHL Playoff Results. Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on 2013-01-08.
- 1995-96 IHL Playoff Results. Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on 2013-01-08.
- 1996-97 IHL Playoff Results. Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on 2013-01-08.
- 1997-98 IHL Playoff Results. Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on 2013-01-08.
- 1998-99 IHL Playoff Results. Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on 2013-01-08.
- 1999-00 IHL Playoff Results. Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on 2013-01-08.
- 2000-01 IHL Playoff Results. Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on 2013-01-08.
- 2001-02 AHL Playoff Results. Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on 2013-01-08.
- 2002-03 AHL Playoff Results. Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on 2013-01-08.
- 2003-04 AHL Playoff Results. Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on 2013-01-08.
- 2004-05 AHL Playoff Results. Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on 2013-01-08.
- 2006-07 AHL Playoff Results. Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on 2013-01-08.
- 2007-08 AHL Playoff Results. Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on 2013-01-08.
- 2009-10 AHL Playoff Results. Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on 2013-01-08.
- 2011-12 AHL Playoff Results. Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on 2013-01-08.
- 2011-12 AHL Playoff Results. Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved on 2013-01-08.
[edit | edit source]
- The Chicago Wolves Official website
- The Internet Hockey Database - Chicago Wolves (AHL)
- The Internet Hockey Database - Chicago Wolves (IHL)
- Chicago Wolves Laser Shows Over A Decade of Wolves Laser Shows
-  Chicago Wolves Blog
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