|City:||Des Moines, Iowa|
|League:||American Hockey League|
|Home Arena:||Wells Fargo Arena|
|Colors:||Black, crimson, grey, white|
|General Manager:||David McNab|
|Media:||Des Moines Register|
|Affiliates:||Bakersfield Condors (ECHL)|
|1999 -- 2001:||Louisville Panthers|
|2005 -- 2008:||Iowa Stars|
|2008 -- present:||Iowa Chops|
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||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.|
- Goals: 4 Vojtech Polak (2006–07)
- Goals: 35 Loui Eriksson (2005–06)
- Assists: 47 Toby Petersen (2005–06)
- Points: 73 Toby Petersen (2005–06)
- Penalty Minutes: 129 Krys Barch (2005–06)
- GAA: 2.5 Mike Smith (2005–06)
- SV%: .917 Mike Smith (2005–06)
- Career Goals: 49 Toby Petersen (2005–08)
- Career Assists: 83 Toby Petersen (2005–08)
- Career Points: 132 Toby Petersen (2005–08)
- Career Penalty Minutes: 129 Krys Barch (2005–06)
- Career Goaltending Wins: 25 Mike Smith (2005–06)
- Career Shutouts: 3 Mike Smith (2005–06)
- Career Games: 132 Yared Hagos (2005–07)
As of April 23, 2009. Data taken from AHL website.
|#||Player||Catches||Date of birth||Place of birth|
|31||David LeNeveu||L||May 23, 1983||Fernie, BC, Canada|
|Head Coach||Gord Dineen|
|Assistant Coach||Paul Jerrard|
|Assistant Coach||Matt Laatsch|
|Athletic Trainer||Joe Huff|
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