Watertown Wolves

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Watertown Wolves
Watertown Wolves logo.png
City Watertown, New York
League Federal Hockey League
Founded 2010
Home arena Watertown Municipal Arena

Black, blue, white

Owner(s) Top Shelf Hockey
Media Watertown Daily Times
Franchise history
2010-2013 1000 Island Privateers
2013-2014 Watertown Privateers
2014-2015 Watertown Wolves

The Watertown Wolves are a minor professional hockey team in the Federal Hockey League based in Watertown, New York. A team named the Watertown Privateers played in the FHL representing Watertown before the Wolves. After previously playing home games as the 1000 Islands Privateers at the Bonnie Castle Recreation Center in Alexandria Bay, the Privateers moved to Watertown for the 2012-2013 season, playing home games at the Watertown Municipal Arena at the Alex Duffy Fairgrounds.[1] Starting in the 2014-2015 season, the Watertown team took on the name of the Watertown Wolves after a new ownership group was established.

Nicole Kirnan[edit]

On March 1, 2013, Privateers owner and president Nicole Kirnan served as the team’s coach for the first time, making her the first woman to coach a professional hockey team in the United States.[2][3]

New Arena, New Team[edit]

For 2013-14, the Privateers revamped their identity with new jerseys, modeled after the Chicago Blackhawks 1991-92 heritage jersey, with a fresh new logo. Brad Zangs was brought in as new head coach. The team is continued to be broadcast by Chris Ericksen at home games at Watertown Municipal Arena and the team uses the Minnesota Wild goal horn and song.

Watertown's FHL team will return for the 2014-15 with new ownership, after the previous owners decided not to continue.[4] The team rechristened itself as the Watertown Wolves during this season.

In their first season the Wolves have won both the regular season and the playoffs championship. First-year head coach, Brent Clarke, would be named FHL Coach of the Year but would resign after the season.[5]

The Wolves suspended operations for the 2015-16 season to allow for the Watertown Municipal Arena to be renovated; the team attempted to find another arena in Northern New York to use but was unable to find an available venue.[6]


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