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Chicago Wolves

Chicago Wolves
2015–16 Chicago Wolves season
City Rosemont, Illinois
League American Hockey League
Conference Western Conference
Division Central Division
Founded 1994 (In the IHL)
Home arena Allstate Arena
Colors Burgundy, Gold, Black, White
Owner(s) Don Levin, Buddy Meyers
General manager Wendell Young
Head coach John Anderson
Affiliates St. Louis Blues (NHL)
Franchise history
1994–present 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,
1999–2000, 2000–01
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 ice hockey team playing in the Central Division of the Western Conference of 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 1
  • Television 2
  • Season-by-season results 3
  • Players 4
    • Current roster 4.1
    • Retired numbers 4.2
    • Team captains 4.3
    • Honored personnel 4.4
  • Team records 5
    • Single season 5.1
    • Career 5.2
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


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 2004–05 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.[1]

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.[2]


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.[3] Currently Jason Shaver handles play by play for the Wolves, along with Gardner still at color commentator.

Season-by-season results

This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by the Wolves. For the full season-by-season history, see List of Chicago Wolves seasons


Current roster

Updated October 11, 2015.[4][5]
# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
22 Abeltshauser, KonradKonrad Abeltshauser D R 23 2015 Bad Tölz, Germany Blues
26 Asuchak, SpencerSpencer Asuchak C L 24 2015 Regina, Saskatchewan Wolves
32 Barbashev, IvanIvan Barbashev C L 20 2015 Moscow, Russia Blues
20 Beach, CodyCody Beach RW R 23 2013 Kelowna, British Columbia Blues
6 Benoit, AndréAndré Benoit (A) D L 32 2015 St. Albert, Ontario Blues
30 Binnington, JordanJordan Binnington G L 22 2014 Richmond Hill, Ontario Blues
25 Butler, ChrisChris Butler D L 29 2014 St. Louis, Missouri Blues
12 Cannone, PatPat Cannone (C) C R 29 2013 Bayport, New York Blues
27 Caron, JordanJordan Caron RW L 25 2015 Sayabec, Quebec Blues
31 Copley, PheonixPheonix Copley G L 24 2015 North Pole, Alaska Blues
28 Doty, JacobJacob Doty RW R 23 2015 Denver, Colorado Blues
7 Harrold, PeterPeter Harrold (A) D R 33 2015 Kirtland Hills, Ohio Blues
17 Hayes, EriahEriah Hayes RW R 27 2015 La Crescent, Minnesota Wolves
9 Hodgman, JustinJustin Hodgman C R 28 2015 Brampton, Ontario Blues
29 Kristo, DannyDanny Kristo RW R 26 2015 Eden Prairie, Minnesota Blues
4 Lindbohm, PetteriPetteri Lindbohm D L 22 2014 Helsinki, Finland Blues
10 O'Brien, ZachZach O'Brien RW R 23 2015 St. John's, Newfoundland Wolves
23 Pääjärvi, MagnusMagnus Pääjärvi F L 25 2014 Norrköping, Sweden Blues
14 Pochiro, ZachZach Pochiro C R 22 2015 St. Louis, Missouri Blues
8 Rattie, TyTy Rattie RW R 23 2013 Airdrie, Alberta Blues
24 Schmaltz, JordanJordan Schmaltz D R 22 2015 Verona, Wisconsin Blues
13 Trupp, EvanEvan Trupp C L 28 2015 Anchorage, Alaska Wolves
2 Vannelli, TommyTommy Vannelli D R 21 2015 Minnetonka, Minnesota Blues
21 Vaughan, ScooterScooter Vaughan D R 27 2015 Placentia, California Wolves
18 Veilleux, YannickYannick Veilleux LW L 23 2013 Saint-Hippolyte, Quebec Blues
15 Welsh, JeremyJeremy Welsh C L 28 2014 Bayfield, Ontario Blues

Retired numbers

Wolves retired numbers and honored personnel

Team captains

No captain during 2006-07 season

Honored personnel

Team records

Single season

Some of the Wolves banners hanging in the Allstate Arena
Type Amount Player Season
Goals 60 Steve Maltais 1996–97 [6]
Assists 91 Rob Brown 1995–96 [6]
Points 143 Rob Brown 1995–96 [6]
Penalty minutes 390 Kevin MacDonald 1994–95 [6]
Hat-tricks 5 Steve Maltais 1996–97 [6]
Power Play Goals 27 Steve Maltais 1995–96 & 1996–97 [7]
Short-Handed Goals 7 Ben Simon 2002–03 [7]
Plus-Minus +47 Arturs Kulda 2009–10 [7]
Wins 38 Kari Lehtonen 2004–05 [7]
Shutouts 7 Jake Allen 2013–14 [8]


Type Amount Player
Goals 454 Steve Maltais [6]
Assists 497 Steve Maltais [6]
Points 951 Steve Maltais [6]
Penalty minutes 1061 Steve Maltais [6]
Hat-tricks 18 Steve Maltais [6]
Power Play Goals 195 Steve Maltais [6]
Short-Handed Goals 21 Derek MacKenzie [7]
Game Winning Goals 67 Steve Maltais [6]
Games played 839 Steve Maltais [9]
Wins 169 Wendell Young [10]
Shutouts 16 Wendell Young [11]

See also


  • Skelnik, Justin, ed. (2012). "2012–13 Chicago Wolves Media Guide". 
  1. ^ "Canucks enter new AHL affiliation agreement with Chicago".  
  2. ^ Blues Announce Affiliation with Wolves: Chicago Wolves will serve as the Blues' AHL affiliate for at least three seasons, (April 23, 2013)
  3. ^ "Pat Foley returns to Hawks". Chicago Sun-Times. June 16, 2008. Retrieved on June 16, 2008.
  4. ^ "Chicago Wolves Roster". Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Chiacago Wolves Roster". Elite Prospects. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Skelnik 2012, pp. 124
  7. ^ a b c d e Skelnik 2012, pp. 125
  8. ^ LaTour, Paul (2014-04-19). "Wolves win AHL's Midwest Division".  
  9. ^ "Wolves to retire Maltais' No. 11.(Sports)".  
  10. ^ Spellman, Mike (2001-11-30). "Ring master Wolves will honor former goalie Young by retiring his No. 1.(Sports)".  
  11. ^ Shapiro, Mark (2000-11-07). "Wolves' Young Blanks Grizzlies".  

External links

  • 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
  • [2] Chicago Wolves Blog
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