List of Chicago Wolves seasons

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The Chicago Wolves are a professional ice hockey team playing in the American Hockey League (AHL). They are members of the Midwest division in the Western Conference.[1] The Wolves were founded in 1994 as an expansion team in the International Hockey League (IHL).[2] They joined the AHL in 2001 following the league's absorption of the IHL.[3] In twenty professional seasons Chicago has won four league championships, six conference titles, and seven division championships, while failing to qualify for the playoffs four times.

The Wolves' first title came in the 1997–98 season when they won the Turner Cup as IHL champions.[4] Two seasons later Chicago set a franchise record for points with 114 which helped them win the Fred A. Huber Trophy as the team with the league's best record.[5][6] The Wolves continued their success in the playoffs losing four total games in three series en route to their second Turner Cup.[7] In the IHL's final season the Wolves again won the Western Conference, but lost in the finals to the Orlando Solar Bears in five games. Joining the AHL for the 2001–02 season, they became the sixth team in league history to win the Calder Cup in their first year.[8] Chicago's second season witnessed them play 23 overtime games, with the Wolves winning an AHL single season record 11 of the contests. Additionally, 7 of the wins came on home ice, which is also a league record.[9] They captured their second Calder Cup in 2008 after defeating the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the finals.

Table key[edit]

Finish
Final position in division or conference standings
GA
Goals against (goals scored by the Wolves' opponents)
GF
Goals for (goals scored by the Wolves)
GP
Number of games played
L
Number of losses
OT
Number of losses in overtime
SOL
Number of losses in the shootout
PIM
Penalties in minutes
Pts
Number of points
T
Number of ties
W
Number of wins

Season-by-season records[edit]

League Champions Conference Champions * Division Champions ^ Regular Season League Leader ¤
League season Conference Division Regular-season Postseason
Finish GP W L T OT SOL Pts GF GA PIM GP W L GF GA Result
International Hockey League
1994–95 Northern 3rd 81 34 33 14 0 82 261 306 2,223 3 0 3 9 16 Lost in first round 0–3 (Kalamazoo Wings)[10]
1995–96 Midwest 2nd 82 40 34 8 88 288 310 2,423 9 4 5 29 32 Won in first round 3–1 (San Francisco Spiders)
Lost in Quarterfinals 1–4 (Las Vegas Thunder)[11]
1996–97 Midwest 3rd 82 40 36 6 86 276 290 1,508 4 1 3 11 14 Lost in first round 1–3 (San Antonio Dragons)[12]
1997–98 Western* Midwest^ 1st 82 55¤ 24 3 113 301¤ 258 1,751 22 15 7 77 63 Won in first round 3–0 (Manitoba Moose)
Won in Quarterfinals 4–2 (Milwaukee Admirals)
Won in Semifinals 4–2 (Long Beach Ice Dogs)
Won in Turner Cup Finals 4–3 (Detroit Vipers)†[13]
1998–99 Western Midwest^ 1st 82 49 21 12 110 285 246 2,044 10 6 4 27 32 Won Quarterfinals 3–0 (Manitoba Moose)
Lost in Semifinals 3–4 (Houston Aeros)[14]
1999–00 Western* 1st 82 53¤ 21 8 114¤ 270¤ 228 1,695 16 12 4 55 39 Won Quarterfinals 4–0 (Long Beach Ice Dogs)
Won in Semifinals 4–2 (Houston Aeros)
Won in Turner Cup Finals 4–2 (Grand Rapids Griffins)†[7]
2000–01 Western* 1st 82 43 32 7 93 267 249 1,563 16 9 7 47 43 Won Quarterfinals 4–1 (Milwaukee Admirals)
Won in Semifinals 4–2 (Manitoba Moose)
Lost in Turner Cup Finals 1–4 (Orlando Solar Bears)[15]
American Hockey League
2001–02 Western* West 4th 80 37 31 7 5 86 250 236 1,695 25 17 8 74 58 Won in Conference Qualifier 2–1 (Cincinnati Mighty Ducks)
Won in Conference Quarterfinals 3–2 (Grand Rapids Griffins)
Won in Conference Semifinals 4–3 (Syracuse Crunch)
Won in Conference Finals 4–1 (Houston Aeros)
Won in Calder Cup Finals 4–1 (Bridgeport Sound Tigers)†[16]
2002–03 Western West 2nd 80 43 25 8 4 98 276 237 1,905 8 3 5 21 21 Won in Conference Quarterfinals 3–2 (Hershey Bears)
Lost in Conference Semifinals 4–0 (Grand Rapids Griffins)[17]
2003–04 Western West 2nd 80 42 26 9 3 96 246 208 1,658 10 6 4 31 24 Won in Division Semifinals 4–0 (Grand Rapids Griffins)
Lost in Division Finals 2–4 (Milwaukee Admirals)[18]
2004–05 Western* West^ 1st 80 49 24 5 2 105 245 211 1,954 18 12 6 50 32 Won in Division Semifinals 4–1 (Houston Aeros)
Won in Division Finals 4–1 (Cincinnati Mighty Ducks)
Won in Conference Finals 4–0 (Manitoba Moose)
Lost in Calder Cup Finals 0–4 (Philadelphia Phantoms)[19]
2005–06 Western West 5th 80 36 32 4 8 84 278 275 2,028 Did not qualify
2006–07 Western West 2nd 80 46 25 3 6 101 331¤ 252 1,704 15 9 6 51 36 Won in Division Semifinals 4–0 (Milwaukee Admirals)
Won in Division Finals 4–2 (Iowa Stars)
Lost in Conference Finals 1–4 (Hamilton Bulldogs)[20]
2007–08 Western* West^ 1st 80 53 22 2 3 111 300¤ 226 1,869 24 16 8 76 52 Won in Division Semifinals 4–2 (Milwaukee Admirals)
Won in Division Finals 4–3 (Rockford IceHogs)
Won in Conference Finals 4–1 (Toronto Marlies)
Won in Calder Cup Finals 4–1 (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins)†[21]
2008–09 Western West 6th 80 38 37 3 2 81 226 222 1,288 Did not qualify
2009–10 Western West^ 1st 80 49 24 1 6 105 264 214 1,112 14 7 7 44 46 Won in Division Semifinals 4–3 (Milwaukee Admirals)
Lost in Division Finals 3–4 (Texas Stars)[22]
2010–11 Western West 6th 80 39 30 5 6 89 260 262 1402 Did not qualify
2011–12 Western Midwest^ 1st 76 42 27 4 3 91 213 193 1,065 5 2 3 15 15 Lost in Conference Quarterfinals 2–3 (San Antonio Rampage)[23]
2012–13 Western Midwest 4th 76 37 30 5 4 83 204 207 1,090 Did not qualify
2013–14 Western Midwest^ 1st 76 45 21 5 5 100 239 191 1,026 9 3 6 23 32 Won in Conference Quarterfinals 3–2 (Rochester Americans)
Lost in Conference Semifinals 0–4 (Toronto Marlies)[24]
2014–15 Western Midwest 3rd 76 40 29 6 1 87 210 198 1,076 5 2 3 11 13 Lost in Conference Quarterfinals 2–3 (Utica Comets)
2015–16 Western Central 6th 76 33 35 5 3 74 194 228 1,230 Did not qualify
IHL totals 573 314 201 14 44 686 1,948 1,887 13,207 80 47 33 255 239 7 playoff appearances
AHL totals 1,180 629 418 24 60 49 1,390 3,436 3,360 22,102 133 77 56 396 329 10 playoff appearances
Franchise totals 1,753 943 619 24 74 93 2,076 5,384 5,247 35,309 213 124 89 651 568 17 playoff appearances

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ Chaimovitch 2012, p. 9
  2. ^ Smith, William (1995-10-06). "Upstart Wolves Skate a Fine Line as Second Season Starts". Chicago Sun-Times  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  3. ^ Spellman, Mike (2001-10-12). "AHL president: Merger 'good for all of us'.(Sports Weekend)". Daily Herald  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). Retrieved 2013-01-06. 
  4. ^ "Joseph Turner Memorial Cup". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2012-12-31. 
  5. ^ "Chicago Wolves Statistics and History (IHL)". Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  6. ^ Spellman, Mike (2000-04-21). "Despite Wolves' dominance, Houston has a shot at the Cup.(SportsWeekend)". Daily Herald  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). Retrieved 2013-01-02. 
  7. ^ a b "1999-00 IHL Playoff Results". Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  8. ^ "Top Wolves Moments Of The Decade #5-1". Chicago Wolves. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  9. ^ Chaimovitch 2012, p. 180
  10. ^ "1994-95 IHL Playoff Results". Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  11. ^ "1995-96 IHL Playoff Results". Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  12. ^ "1996-97 IHL Playoff Results". Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  13. ^ "1997-98 IHL Playoff Results". Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  14. ^ "1998-99 IHL Playoff Results". Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  15. ^ "2000-01 IHL Playoff Results". Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  16. ^ "2001-02 AHL Playoff Results". Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  17. ^ "2002-03 AHL Playoff Results". Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  18. ^ "2003-04 AHL Playoff Results". Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  19. ^ "2004-05 AHL Playoff Results". Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  20. ^ "2006-07 AHL Playoff Results". Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  21. ^ "2007-08 AHL Playoff Results". Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  22. ^ "2009-10 AHL Playoff Results". Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  23. ^ "2011-12 AHL Playoff Results". Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  24. ^ "2011-12 AHL Playoff Results". Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved 2013-01-08.