Iowa Wild

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Iowa Wild
2014–15 Iowa Wild season
Iowa Wild logo.svg
City Des Moines, Iowa
League American Hockey League
Conference Western Conference
Division West Division
Founded 1994 (In the IHL as the Houston Aeros)
Home arena Wells Fargo Arena
Colors

Green, Wheat, White

              
Owner(s) Minnesota Sports and Entertainment (majority), Chuck Watson (minority), Nick Sheppard (minority)
General manager Jim Mill
Head coach Kurt Kleinendorst
Media KXNO
Affiliates Minnesota Wild (NHL)
Alaska Aces (ECHL)
Quad City Mallards (CHL)
Franchise history
1994–2001 Houston Aeros (IHL)
2001–2013 Houston Aeros (AHL)
2013–present Iowa Wild

The Iowa Wild is an ice hockey team in the American Hockey League, that began play for the 2013-14 season. The team plays at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa, as the AHL affiliate of the NHL's Minnesota Wild.

The team was previously known as the Houston Aeros, calling Houston, Texas, home and most recently playing at the Toyota Center. On April 18, 2013, it was announced that the Aeros would be moving to Des Moines, beginning with the 2013-14 AHL season and be known as the Iowa Wild.[1][2]

The Wild is the second AHL team to call Des Moines and the Wells Fargo Arena home; the city previously was home to the Iowa Stars, which had been the Dallas Stars' AHL affiliate from 2005 until 2008 (in the team's final season in 2009, they were known as the Iowa Chops and were affiliated with the Anaheim Ducks).

History[edit]

Houston Heritage[edit]

The Houston Aeros were an expansion team in the International Hockey League in 1994. The team's name is a homage to the Houston Aeros of the World Hockey Association in the 1970s, one of the teams Gordie Howe played for in the WHA. The Aeros were the second IHL team to be named after a WHA franchise, the first being the Phoenix Roadrunners; unlike the Roadrunners, who used the same logo as their WHA predecessor, the IHL Aeros used a new logo, a bomber flying over the team name (essentially their current logo) based on the Boeing B-17 or B-25 Mitchell. The Aeros would defeat the Orlando Solar Bears to win the 1999 Turner Cup, following an impressive 54-win season.

The Aeros were one of six IHL teams to join the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2001 when the IHL folded. The AHL version of the Aeros would go on to win the 2003 Calder Cup; they would reach the 2011 Calder Cup finals as well but lost to the Binghamton Senators. They served as the AHL affiliate of the Minnesota Wild and were affiliated with the ECHL revival of the Orlando Solar Bears for the 2012–13 season.

The team played their home games in the Toyota Center, which they moved to from the Compaq Center for the 2003–04 season.

In 2003, the Aeros replaced their original bomber logo, carried over from their IHL days, to a new logo featuring a forward-facing modern fighter jet below a bold "AEROS", and using the WHA Aeros' colors of light and dark blue. In 2005, as part of their affiliation with the Wild, the Aeros changed their colors to the Wild's forest green and Iron Range red. This new logo was not popular with many of the long-term fans. On April 18, 2006, the team announced that the 2006–07 season would see the Aeros return to their original bomber logo associated with their championship seasons, with only minor color alterations; the blue elements of the original logo were replaced with green.

The principal owner was Minnesota Sports and Entertainment, with Chuck Watson, the former owner, owning a 10% minority share along with Houston Native, Nick Sheppard, holding a 4% share.

In Iowa[edit]

On April 18, 2013, the Minnesota Wild announced that Minnesota Sports and Entertainment were unable to reach a lease agreement with the Toyota Center, and the Aeros would be relocated to Des Moines, Iowa beginning with the 2013–14 season and play their home games in Wells Fargo Arena. The Iowa Wild inaugural season was opened on October 12 with a win, 1-0, over the Oklahoma City Barons. The opening night attendance was 10,200.[3]

Season-by-season results[edit]

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated July 3, 2013.[4]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
14 Canada Baldwin, CorbinCorbin Baldwin D L 23 2012 Winnipeg, Manitoba Iowa
24 United States Blum, JonathonJonathon Blum D R 25 2013 Rancho Santa Margarita, California Minnesota
17 Canada Bulmer, BrettBrett Bulmer LW R 22 2012 Prince George, British Columbia Minnesota
18 Canada Bussieres, RaphaelRaphael Bussieres LW L 20 2012 Longueuil, Quebec Minnesota
28 Canada Caron, JoshJosh Caron F R 23 2012 Campbell River, British Columbia Minnesota
61 Canada Cuma, TylerTyler Cuma D L 24 2010 Bowmanville, Ontario Minnesota
4 Canada Graovac, TylerTyler Graovac C R 21 2011 Brampton, Ontario Minnesota
31 Sweden Gustafsson, JohanJohan Gustafsson G L 22 2010 Köping, Sweden Minnesota
35 Canada Kuemper, DarcyDarcy Kuemper G L 24 2011 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Minnesota
27 Canada McMillan, CarsonCarson McMillan (A) C R 26 2009 Brandon, Manitoba Minnesota
51 Canada Phillips, ZackZack Phillips C R 21 2013 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Minnesota
25 Canada Peters, WarrenWarren Peters C L 32 2012 Fredericton, New Brunswick Iowa
19 Canada Veilleux, StephaneStephane Veilleux LW L 32 2012 Beauceville, Quebec Minnesota
16 United States Zucker, JasonJason Zucker LW L 22 2012 Newport Beach, California Minnesota


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wild AHL Affiliate Moving To Iowa". Minnesota Wild. 2013-04-18. Retrieved 2013-04-18. 
  2. ^ Birch, Tommy & Leistikow, Chad (2013-04-18). "Is Des Moines ready to try pro hockey again?". Des Moines Register. Retrieved 2013-04-18. 
  3. ^ As former sole owner of the team, Chuck Watson owns the rights to the Aeros name, prompting the name change."Wild statement on AHL affiliate". Houston Aeros. 2013-04-18. Retrieved 2013-04-18. 
  4. ^ "TheAHL.com –Houston Aeros Roster". Retrieved 2012-12-12. 

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