Chicago Wolves
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City: Rosemont, Illinois
League: American Hockey League
Conference: Western Conference
Division: Midwest 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 MacTavish
Media: Comcast_Network
Affiliates: Vancouver Canucks (NHL)
TBD (ECHL)
Franchise history
1994–2001 (IHL): Chicago Wolves
2001–present (American Hockey League: Chicago Wolves
Championships
Regular Season Titles: 1 IHL 1999–2000
Division Championships: 5 IHL 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01
3 AHL 2004–05, 2007–08, 2009–10, 2011–12
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. They are the top affilliate of the Vancouver Canucks of the NHL. The Wolves play home games at the Allstate Arena in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois. The Wolves are owned by Don Levin and Buddy Meyers, who are a pair of Chicago business owners.

Originally a member of the International Hockey League, the Wolves joined the AHL after the IHL folded in 2001. They also share the same metropolitan area with the Chicago Blackhawks. The Wolves' mascot is a gray wolf named Skates. The mascot wears number 94, noting the year (1994) the Wolves began play in the IHL.

Official Chicago Wolves Website: http://www.chicagowolves.com/

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 three postseasons (2005–06, 2008–09 and 2010-11 seasons), appearing in six league championship finals. (1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2008) in their short 17-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 star 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.

Television[edit | edit source]

The Wolves are the only AHL team with a full television package. All 80 regular-season games, plus playoffs, are broadcast on Comcast cable. 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 '06–'07 season broadcast announcers were long-time Blackhawks commentators Pat Foley and Bill Gardner; Foley would ultimately return 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. The Games are televised on Comcast Channel 100 and occasionally on local Chicago station WPWR (air, dish and directv channel 50, cable channel (8 sd) HD check local listings).

Players[edit | edit source]

Retired Numbers[edit | edit source]

  • 1 Wendell Young, G, 1994–2001
  • 11 Steve Maltais, LW, 1994–2005

Honored Numbers[edit | edit source]

  • 16 Tim Breslin, LW, 1994–1999
  • 19 Dan Snyder, C, 2001-2003

Season-by-Season Results[edit | edit source]

  • 1994–2001 (International Hockey League)
  • 2001–Present (American Hockey League)

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL SOL Points Goals
For
Goals
Against
Standing
1994–95 81 34 33 14 82 261 306 3rd, Northern
1995–96 82 40 34 8 88 288 310 2nd, Midwest
1996–97 82 40 36 6 86 276 290 3rd, Midwest
1997–98 82 55 24 3 113 301 258 1st, Midwest T
1998–99 82 49 21 12 110 285 246 1st, Midwest
1999–00 82 53 21 8 114 270 228 1st, Western T
2000–01 82 43 32 7 93 267 249 1st, Western *
2001–02 80 37 31 7 5 86 250 236 4th, West C
2002–03 80 43 25 8 4 98 276 237 2nd, West
2003–04 80 42 26 9 3 96 246 208 3rd, West
2004–05 80 49 24 2 5 105 245 211 1st, West *
2005–06 80 36 32 4 8 84 278 275 5th, West
2006–07 80 46 25 3 6 101 331 252 2nd, West
2007–08 80 53 22 2 3 111 300 226 1st, West C
2008–09 80 38 37 3 2 81 226 222 6th, West
2009–10 80 49 24 1 6 105 264 214 1st, West
2010–11 80 39 30 5 6 89 260 262 6th, West
2011-12 76 42 27 4 3 91 213 193 1st, Midwest
  • T= Turner Cup Champions
  • C= Calder Cup Champions
  • = Conference Champions
  • Bold Print = Division Champions

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Season Prelim 1st Round 2nd Round 3rd Round Finals
1994–95 L, 0–3, KAL
1995–96 W, 3–1 SF L, 1–4, LV
1996–97 L, 1–3, SA
1997–98 W, 3–0, MTB W, 4–2, MIL W, 4–2, LB W, 4–3, DET
1998–99 bye W, 3–0, MTB L, 3–4, HOU
1999–00 bye W, 4–0, LB W, 4–2, HOU W, 4–2, GR
2000–01 W, 4–1, MIL W, 4–2, MTB L, 1–4, ORL
2001–02 W, 2–1, CIN W, 3–2, GR W, 4–3, SYR W, 4–1, HOU W, 4–1, BRI
2002–03 W, 3–2, HER L, 0–4, GR
2003–04 W, 4–0, GR L, 2–4 MIL
2004–05 W, 4–1, HOU W, 4–1, CIN W, 4–0, MTB L, 0–4, PHIL
2005–06 Did not qualify.
2006–07 W, 4–0, MIL W, 4–2, IOWA L, 1–4, HAM
2007–08 W, 4–2, MIL W, 4-3, ROC W, 4-1, TOR W, 4-2, WB/S
2008–09 Did not qualify.
2009–10 W, 4–3, MIL L, 3-4, TEX
2010–11 Did not qualify.
2011-12 L, 2-3, SA
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