Chicago Wolves

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Chicago Wolves
2018–19 AHL season
Chicago Wolves Logo.svg
CityRosemont, Illinois
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
Founded1994 (In the IHL)
Home arenaAllstate Arena
ColorsBurgundy, gold, black, white
Owner(s)Don Levin, Buddy Meyers
General managerWendell Young
Head coachRocky Thompson
The U Too
AffiliatesVegas Golden Knights (NHL)
Fort Wayne Komets (ECHL)
Franchise history
1994–presentChicago Wolves
Regular season titles1 IHL 1999–2000
Division Championships4 IHL 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01
7 AHL 2004–05, 2007–08, 2009–10, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2016–17, 2017–18
Conference Championships3 IHL 1997–98,
1999–2000, 2000–01
2001–02, 2004–05, 2007–08
Turner Cups2 1997–98, 1999–2000
Calder Cups2 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 Vegas Golden Knights.

Originally a member of the International Hockey League, the Wolves joined the AHL after the IHL folded in 2001.


2007-08 Wolves with the Calder Cup

The Wolves won the Turner Cup twice (1998, 2000) in the IHL and the Calder Cup twice (2002, 2008). The Wolves qualified for all but five postseasons (2005–06, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13, and 2015–16 seasons), appearing in six league championship finals (1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2008) in their 22-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 and long time Chicago Blackhawks stars Troy Murray, Chris Chelios and Al Secord. 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 a two–year affiliation agreement.[1]

On April 23, 2013, the Wolves and St. Louis Blues reached a three-year affiliation agreement. The deal was struck after the Canucks and Wolves decided not to renew their existing affiliation agreement and purchased the Peoria Rivermen franchise from the Blues creating the Utica Comets.[2] In November 2016, it was first reported the Blues would not renew their affiliation with the Wolves and were planning to move their affiliation to Kansas City for 2017.[3] However, this was unconfirmed and then denied by the announced potential owner in Kansas City, Lamar Hunt Jr., in a press release from his ECHL team in the area, the Missouri Mavericks,[4] and further denied by AHL commissioner, David Andrews, after the January 2017 Board of Governors meeting.[5]

After the 2016–17 season, the Wolves became the first affiliate of the NHL's expansion team, the Vegas Golden Knights.[6] The Blues did not re-sign with the Wolves to be their primary NHL affiliate for the 2017–18 season. However, Blues' general manager Doug Armstrong confirmed they would still send prospects to the Wolves for that season.[7]

During the first season of their affiliation with Vegas, the Wolves set a pair of franchise records in earning points in 14 straight games from December 9 to January 6 and 13 consecutive home wins from December 6 to February 15.[citation needed]


The Wolves are the only AHL team with a full television package. All 76 regular-season games, plus playoffs, are broadcast on WPWR-TV (CW50), 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; the Wolves took advantage of this, going so far as to promote themselves with the slogan "We Play Hockey The Old-Fashioned Way: We Actually Win". 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.[8] Since 2008, Jason Shaver has handled the play-by-play duties for the Wolves, along with Gardner.

Season-by-season results[edit]

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[edit]

Updated December 4, 2018.[9][10]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
28 United States Jake Bischoff D L 24 2017 Cambridge, Minnesota Golden Knights
26 Sweden Erik Brannstrom D L 19 2018 Eksjö, Sweden Golden Knights
15 Canada Dylan Coghlan D L 20 2018 Nanaimo, British Columbia Golden Knights
35 Sweden Oscar Dansk G L 24 2017 Stockholm, Sweden Golden Knights
39 Canada Reid Duke C R 22 2017 Calgary, Alberta Golden Knights
22 Canada Alex Gallant LW L 25 2018 Summerside, Prince Edward Island Golden Knights
2 Canada Nicolas Hague D L 19 2018 Kitchener, Ontario Golden Knights
38 Czech Republic Tomas Hyka RW R 25 2017 Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic Golden Knights
20 Canada Keegan Kolesar RW R 21 2017 Brandon, Manitoba Golden Knights
33 Canada Maxime Lagace G L 25 2017 Longueuil, Quebec Golden Knights
37 Canada Zac Leslie D L 24 2018 Ottawa, Ontario Golden Knights
17 Canada Brooks Macek RW R 26 2018 Winnipeg, Manitoba Golden Knights
23 United States Stefan Matteau LW L 24 2017 Chicago, Illinois Golden Knights
10 Canada Curtis McKenzie (A) LW L 27 2018 Golden, British Columbia Golden Knights
4 Canada Jimmy Oligny D L 25 2018 Saint-Michel-des-Saints, Quebec Golden Knights
27 Canada Brandon Pirri (A) C L 27 2017 Toronto, Ontario Golden Knights
9 United States Gage Quinney LW/C L 23 2018 Las Vegas, Nevada Golden Knights
6 Canada Griffin Reinhart D L 24 2017 West Vancouver, British Columbia Golden Knights
18 United States T. J. Tynan (A) C R 26 2017 Orland Park, Illinois Golden Knights
12 United States Ryan Wagner F L 22 2018 Park Ridge, Illinois Wolves
14 United States Matthew Weis C L 23 2018 Madison, New Jersey Wolves
4 Canada Zach Whitecloud D L 22 2018 Brandon, Manitoba Golden Knights
8 Canada Tyler Wong RW R 22 2017 Airdrie, Alberta Wolves

Retired numbers[edit]

Wolves retired numbers and honored personnel

Team captains[edit]

Honored personnel[edit]

Team records[edit]

Single season[edit]

Some of the Wolves banners hanging in the Allstate Arena
Type Amount Player Season
Goals 60 Steve Maltais 1996–97 [12]
Assists 91 Rob Brown 1995–96 [12]
Points 143 Rob Brown 1995–96 [12]
Penalty minutes 390 Kevin MacDonald 1994–95 [12]
Hat-tricks 5 Steve Maltais 1996–97 [12]
Power Play Goals 27 Steve Maltais 1995–96 & 1996–97 [13]
Short-Handed Goals 7 Ben Simon 2002–03 [13]
Plus-Minus +47 Arturs Kulda 2009–10 [13]
Wins 38 Kari Lehtonen 2004–05 [13]
Shutouts 7 Jake Allen 2013–14 [14]


Type Amount Player
Goals 454 Steve Maltais [12]
Assists 497 Steve Maltais [12]
Points 951 Steve Maltais [12]
Penalty minutes 1061 Steve Maltais [12]
Hat-tricks 18 Steve Maltais [12]
Power Play Goals 195 Steve Maltais [12]
Short-Handed Goals 21 Derek MacKenzie [13]
Game Winning Goals 67 Steve Maltais [12]
Games played 839 Steve Maltais [15]
Wins 169 Wendell Young [16]
Shutouts 16 Wendell Young [17]

See also[edit]


  • Skelnik, Justin, ed. (2012). "2012–13 Chicago Wolves Media Guide". Missing or empty |url= (help)
  1. ^ "Canucks enter new AHL affiliation agreement with Chicago". The Sports Network. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
  2. ^ Blues Announce Affiliation with Wolves: Chicago Wolves will serve as the Blues' AHL affiliate for at least three seasons, (April 23, 2013)
  3. ^ "Report: Blues AHL affiliation to move to Kansas City". KMOV. November 30, 2016.
  4. ^ "Missouri Mavericks Deny Reports on AHL and Kansas City". Arena Digest. December 2, 2016.
  5. ^ "Blue Notes: Reaves moving to third line, at least to start". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. January 30, 2017.
  7. ^ "Armstrong statement on AHL affiliation". St. Louis Blues. May 16, 2017.
  8. ^ "Pat Foley returns to Hawks". Chicago Sun-Times. June 16, 2008. Retrieved on June 16, 2008.
  9. ^ "Chicago Wolves Roster". Retrieved March 20, 2015.
  10. ^ "Chiacago Wolves Roster". Elite Prospects. Retrieved February 16, 2015.
  11. ^ "Wolves, Anderson Agree to Part Ways". OurSports Central. June 2, 2016.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Skelnik 2012, pp. 124
  13. ^ a b c d e Skelnik 2012, pp. 125
  14. ^ LaTour, Paul (2014-04-19). "Wolves win AHL's Midwest Division". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
  15. ^ "Wolves to retire Maltais' No. 11.(Sports)". Daily Herald  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). 2006-01-27. Retrieved 2013-01-02.
  16. ^ Spellman, Mike (2001-11-30). "Ring master Wolves will honor former goalie Young by retiring his No. 1.(Sports)". Daily Herald  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). Retrieved 2013-01-02.
  17. ^ Shapiro, Mark (2000-11-07). "Wolves' Young Blanks Grizzlies". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2013-01-22.

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