Wausau RiverWolves
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City: Wausau, Wisconsin
League: North American 3 Hockey League
Division: Central
Founded: 2010 (revived in 2013)
Home Arena: Marathon Park Arena
Colors: Purple, Gray, and White
Owner(s): Steve Black and Duncan Woodhull
Head Coach: Tim Brownell
Franchise history
2010-2011: Chicago Force
2011-2012: Chicago Hitmen
2012-2013: inactive
2013-2017: Chicago Bulldogs
2017-Present: Wausau RiverWolves

The Wausau RiverWolves are a USA Hockey-sanctioned ice hockey team from Wausau, Wisconsin. The team commenced play with the 2010-11 season as the Chicago Force based out of the Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva, Illinois where they played for two seasons. The team was renamed the Chicago Hitmen for 2011-12 The organization sat out the 2012-13 season. The team was revived for the 2013-14 season under the Jr. Bulldogs moniker. They play in the North American 3 Hockey League at the Marathon Park Arena in Wausau.


On May 17, 2016 the NA3HL announced that the change in ownership of the team had been approved. The team was purchased by Exceed Hockey Group, LLC which consist of Scott Meyer and Joe Pankratz. The two are also the owners of the NAHL's Minnesota Magicians. As part of the announcement the team named Craig Sheppard as the new head coach. The announcement also unveiled a new team logo and colors which are very similar to the Magicians.

On April 26, 2017 it was announced that the league had approved the sale and relocation of the Chicago Jr. Bulldogs to Wausau, Wisconsin for the 2017-18 season. The team was renamed the Wausau RiverWolves and will be based out of the Marathon County Arena in Wausau. The new owners are also the owners of the New Ulm Steel.

logo 2013-2016

logo as Chicago Bulldogs 2016-2017

Season-by-season records[edit | edit source]

Season GP W L T OL SL GF GA Pts Regular Season Finish Playoffs
Chicago Force
2010–11 45 28 14 - 2 1 215 139 59 4th Unknown
Chicago Hitmen
2011–12 48 23 21 - 1 3 148 173 50 2nd, Central Lost Division Semifinals (0-2) Peoria Mustangs
2012–13 Did not participate
Chicago Jr. Bulldogs
2013–14 48 24 17 - 7 - 201 197 55 4th, Central Lost Division Semifinals (0-2) Peoria Mustangs
2014–15 40 31 8 - 1 - 229 115 63 2nd, North First Round Robin Pool B (3-0)
Won League Championship Round Robin (3-0)
2015 USA Hockey Jr's
Lost Division 2 Championship 1-9 (Boston Jr. Bruins)
2015–16 44 31 9 - 1 - 224 143 66 2nd of 6 West Won Div. Semifinals, 2-0 vs. Roc City Royals
Lost Divi. Finals, 1-2 vs. Jersey Shore Wildcats
Chicago Bulldogs
2016–17 47 1 45 - 1 1 67 505 3 5th of 5 Central Did not qualify
Wausau RiverWolves
2017–18 47 11 35 - 1 0 127 283 23 4th of 5 Central Lost Div. Semifinal 0-2 (North Iowa Bulls)
2018-19 47 9 37 - 1 0 120 296 19 6th of 7 Central Did not qualify
2018-19 47 6 38 - 3 0 96 291 15 6th of 6 Central Did not qualify
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