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Iowa Chops
City: Des Moines, Iowa
League: American Hockey League
Conference: Western Conference
Division: West Division
Founded: 2005
Home Arena: Wells Fargo Arena
Colors: Black, crimson, grey, white
Owner(s): Kirby Schlegel
General Manager: David McNab
Head Coach: Open
Media: Des Moines Register
Mediacom Cable
Affiliates: Bakersfield Condors (ECHL)
Franchise history
1999 -- 2001: Louisville Panthers
2005 -- 2008: Iowa Stars
2008 -- present: Iowa Chops

The Iowa Chops are a team in the American Hockey League. They are based in Des Moines, Iowa at the Wells Fargo Arena.


The Chops were founded by Howard Baldwin, of Hockey Holdings & Management Group, and Dallas businessman Bob Schlegel, who took the dormant Louisville Panthers AHL franchise and resurrected it for the 2005–06 season as the Iowa Stars. They had a five year affiliation agreement with the Dallas Stars and a one year agreement with the Edmonton Oilers.

In their inaugural season, the Stars made it to the Calder Cup playoffs first round, where they were defeated by the Milwaukee Admirals. The Stars won their first playoff series the following season, defeating the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights in six games.

In February 2008, the Dallas Stars announced they would be affiliating with the future Texas Stars pending the 2009 completion of the Cedar Park Entertainment Center in Cedar Park, Texas. After the 2007-2008 season the Dallas Stars left the Iowa scene, and the Anaheim Ducks announced an affiliation with the team.

On July 9, 2008, the team unveiled its new name and logo, featuring a "vicious boar’s head in the team colors of crimson, grey and black".

Portland Pirates' assistant Gord Dineen was named Head Coach of the Iowa Chops on August 19, 2008.

On May, 9 2009, the Anaheim Ducks dropped their affiliation with the Iowa Chops, leaving Iowa to look for their third NHL affiliate in four seasons.

Season-by-season results[]

Regular season[]

Season Games Won Lost OTL SOL Points Goals
2005–06 80 41 31 1 7 90 238 228 4th, West
2006–07 80 42 34 3 1 88 221 231 4th, West
2007–08 80 35 37 5 3 78 217 255 8th, West
2008–09 80 33 33 4 10 80 209 260 7th, West


Season 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Finals
2005–06 L, 3–4, Milwaukee
2006–07 W, 4–2, Omaha L, 2–4, Chicago
2007–08 Did not qualify.
2008–09 Did not qualify.

Team records[]

Single game[]

Goals: 4 Flag of the Czech Republic Vojtech Polak (2006–07)

Single season[]

Goals: 35 Flag of Sweden Loui Eriksson (2005–06)
Assists: 47 Flag of the United States Toby Petersen (2005–06)
Points: 73 Flag of the United States Toby Petersen (2005–06)
Penalty Minutes: 129 Flag of Canada Krys Barch (2005–06)
GAA: 2.5 Flag of Canada Mike Smith (2005–06)
SV%: .917 Flag of Canada Mike Smith (2005–06)


Career Goals: 49 Flag of the United States Toby Petersen (2005–08)
Career Assists: 83 Flag of the United States Toby Petersen (2005–08)
Career Points: 132 Flag of the United States Toby Petersen (2005–08)
Career Penalty Minutes: 129 Flag of Canada Krys Barch (2005–06)
Career Goaltending Wins: 25 Flag of Canada Mike Smith (2005–06)
Career Shutouts: 3 Flag of Canada Mike Smith (2005–06)
Career Games: 132 Flag of Sweden Yared Hagos (2005–07)

Current Roster[]

As of April 23, 2009. Data taken from AHL website.[1]

# Player Catches Date of birth Place of birth
31 Flag of Canada David LeNeveu L May 23, 1983 Fernie, BC, Canada
# Player Shoots Date of birth Place of birth
4 Flag of the United States Stu Bickel R October 2, 1986 Chanhassen, MN, USA
12 Flag of Canada John de Gray L March 14, 1988 Richmond Hill, ON, Canada
17 Flag of the United States Mike Stuart R February 16, 1987 Rome, NY, USA
21 Flag of the United States Mark Mitera L October 22, 1987 Royal Oak, MI, USA
25 Flag of Canada Adrian Veideman L April 13, 1983 Sicamous, BC, Canada
29 Flag of Canada Eric Regan R May 20, 1988 Ajax, ON, Canada
44 Flag of Canada Brennan Evans L January 16, 1982 Camrose, AB, Canada
# Player Position Shoots Date of birth Place of birth
6 Flag of Canada Nicolas Deschamps LW L January 6, 1990 Lasalle, QC, Canada
7 Flag of Canada MacGregor Sharp C L October 1, 1985 Red Deer, AB, Canada
10 Flag of the United States Charlie Kronschnabel RW R February 8, 1983 Mendota Heights, MN, USA
14 Flag of Canada Francis Wathier LW L December 7, 1984 St. Isidore, ON, Canada
15 Flag of the United States Ryan Dingle LW L April 4, 1984 Steamboat Springs, CO, USA
23 Flag of Canada Matt Caruana C R July 6, 1985 Orono, ON, Canada
24 Flag of Canada T.J. Trevelyan LW L March 6, 1984 Mississauga, ON, Canada
28 Flag of Canada Ryan Donally LW L February 4, 1985 Tecumseh, ON, Canada
32 Flag of Canada Ajay Baines C L March 25, 1978 Kamloops, BC, Canada
33 Flag of the United States Eric Boguniecki C R May 6, 1975 New Haven, CT, USA
Head Coach Gord Dineen
Assistant Coach Paul Jerrard
Assistant Coach Matt Laatsch
Athletic Trainer Joe Huff

External links[]

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