The Aberdeen Wings are a Junior A Tier II ice hockey team based out of Aberdeen, South Dakota that began play for 2010-11. A member of the North American Hockey League in the Central Division, the Wings will play their home games in the Odde Ice Center. Their first head coach was Pete Sauer, who led the team to the playoffs in their second season. Sauer was replaced in the 2012-2013 season. Weeks later, the team named Travis Winter the head coach, formerly the assistant coach of the Cedar Rapids Rough Rider of the USHL. The Aberdeen Wings have boasted the top attendance in the NAHL Central Division for three straight seasons, sometimes boasting crowds well over 1,700. In the 2013-2014 season, the Aberdeen Wings had two players selected to play in the 2014 World Junior Championships for their home countries, including forward Lennart Palausch (Germany) and forward Bjorn Sigurdarson (Iceland).
The Aberdeen Wings hockey staff strives to help players get scholarships and make D-I and D-III college commitments. D-I Former Aberdeen Wings Players - G Zach Nagelvoort (University of Michigan Wolverines) - D Steven Johnson (University of Minnesota Golden Gophers) - F Peter Krieger (University of Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks) - F Justin Parizek (University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks) - F Stephen Obarzanek (University of Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves) - F Cory Ward (Bemidji State University Beavers) - D Taylor Richart (Miami University (OH) Redhawks) - D Geoff Ferguson (Dartmouth University) - F Cody Marooney (University of Alabama-Huntsville Chargers)
Current Aberdeen Wings players with D-1 college commitments. - D Jake Horton (University of Massachusetts) - F Jordan Heller (Bemidji State University Beavers) - F TJ Roo (Bemidji State University Beavers) - F Erik Baskin (Air Force Academy Falcons) - F Colin O'Neill (University of Massachusetts-Lowell Riverhawks)