Michael Wolf (ice hockey)

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Michael Wolf
Michael Wolf (ice hockey player).jpg
Born (1981-01-24) January 24, 1981 (age 34)
Ehenbichl, Austria
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)
Position Right wing
Shoots Right
DEL team
Former teams
EHC München
Iserlohn Roosters
National team  Germany
Playing career 1998–present

Michael Wolf (born January 24, 1981) is a German professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the EHC München in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

Playing career[edit]

Michael Wolf began his hockey career with the EV Füssen. He spent his junior career there, before getting a spot in the professional roster in 1998 as an 17-year-old. Wolf went on to play two more years in Füssen and moved up with his team in 2000 in the Oberliga. In 2001 Wolf signed with the SC Bietigheim-Bissingen to play in the 2nd Bundesliga. He established as a solid scorer over three years. In 2004 Wolf signed with the Essen Mosquitoes. With a breakthrough performance he led all German player in scoring at the end of the season, so many clubs from the Deutsche Eishockey Liga tried to get him on their roster.

Finally Wolf took a contract with the Iserlohn Roosters over one year with a club option to extend it for one year. Already in the beginning of the 2005–06 season, Wolf showed his goal scoring instinct and was hunting the top position. In October 2005 he scored his first DEL-hat-trick against the current champion Eisbären Berlin. He was named DEL Rookie of the Year and the Roosters were able to extend his contract for two years. For the next season Robert Hock, the highest German scoring player in the last season, came to Iserlohn. Rooster coach Geoff Ward put them together with David Sulkovsky and the three built the most dangerous native line in the DEL. Nevertheless, Iserlohn missed the playoffs again.

In the 2007–08 season Wolf and Hock went on to dominate the league in all offensive categories. Wolf was leading the league in goals and powerplay goals, while Hock was leading in points, assists and powerplay assists. But also Canadian players like Brad Tapper, Pat Kavanagh, Tyler Beechey, Jimmy Roy, Ryan Ready and Bob Wren did unexpected well so that the Roosters finished fifth in the league and Iserlohn got their first playoffs in almost 20 years. In game 2 of the quarterfinal series against the Frankfurt Lions, Wolf scored the game winning third goal in the third overtime. The game was the longest in German hockey history. After the Roosters were defeated by Frankfurt Wolf was named DEL MVP, best native player and best winger.

After an impressive season performance, and despite other DEL interest he re-signed for two more years with the Roosters. Wolf was quoted that "money is not all" and he wants to stay in this great organisation. In the next year Iserlohn struggled but missed the playoffs. Nevertheless, Hand und Handschuh (hand and glove; nickname of Wolf and Hock given by coach Rick Adduono for being a highly skilled duo) got the scoring title (Hock) and finished second in goals (Wolf).

On December 8, 2009, Wolf re-signed with the Rooster to a two-year contract extension.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 EV Füssen 4.GBun 3 0 1 1 0
1999–00 EV Füssen 4.GBun 54 14 15 29 36
2000–01 EV Füssen 3.GBun 46 10 4 14 55
2001–02 SC Bietigheim-Bissingen 2.GBun 53 9 9 18 24 2 0 0 0 0
2002–03 SC Bietigheim-Bissingen 2.GBun 56 9 13 22 48 7 2 1 3 2
2003–04 Bietigheim Steelers 2.GBun 50 7 9 16 16 8 0 3 3 4
2004–05 Essen Mosquitoes 2.GBun 52 24 33 57 26
2005–06 Iserlohn Roosters DEL 52 20 17 37 54
2006–07 Iserlohn Roosters DEL 51 17 21 38 92
2007–08 Iserlohn Roosters DEL 56 44 27 71 34 6 2 2 4 29
2008–09 Iserlohn Roosters DEL 52 27 28 55 32
2009–10 Iserlohn Roosters DEL 52 29 27 56 44
2010–11 Iserlohn Roosters DEL 52 34 21 55 63
2011–12 Iserlohn Roosters DEL 52 18 27 45 32 1 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Iserlohn Roosters DEL 52 23 32 55 38
2013–14 Iserlohn Roosters DEL 40 18 17 35 47 9 1 0 1 4
DEL totals 459 230 217 447 436 16 3 2 5 33

International[edit]

Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
2001 Germany WJC-D1 5 0 0 0 4
2007 Germany WC 6 5 3 8 6
2008 Germany WC 6 1 2 3 4
2009 Germany WC 6 0 1 1 2
2010 Germany OG 4 0 0 0 2
2010 Germany WC 9 1 1 2 2
2011 Germany WC 7 2 1 3 0
2013 Germany OGQ 3 1 0 1 2
2013 Germany WC 7 2 2 4 0
Junior int'l totals 5 0 0 0 4
Senior int'l totals 48 12 10 22 18

Awards[edit]

  • Iserlohn's Sportsman of the Year 2006, 2007, 2008
  • DEL Rookie of the Year 2006
  • DEL-All-Star-Game 2006, 2008, 2009
  • DEL leading goal scorer 2008
  • DEL Most valuable player 2008
  • DEL best Winger 2008
  • DEL best native player 2008, 2009

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Iserlohn Roosters commit to extension with Wolf" (in German). Iserlohn Roosters. 2009-12-08. Retrieved 2010-01-02. 

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