|City||Watertown, New York|
|League||Federal Hockey League|
|Home arena||Watertown Municipal Arena|
|Colors||Black, blue, white
|Owner(s)||Top Shelf Hockey|
|Head coach||Phil Esposito|
|Media||Watertown Daily Times|
|2010–2013||1000 Islands Privateers|
|Regular season titles||1 (2014–15)|
|Playoff championships||1 (2014–15)|
The Watertown Wolves are a minor professional hockey team in the Federal Hockey League based in Watertown, New York and play home games at the Watertown Municipal Arena. The team was on hiatus during the 2015–16 season while renovations at the Watertown Municipal Arena were completed and then returned for the 2016–17 season. With a history dating to 2010, the Wolves are the oldest team in the FHL.
The team was originally known as the 1000 Islands Privateers and played at the Bonnie Castle Recreation Center in Alexandria Bay for two seasons before moving to Watertown for the 2012–13 season. 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 head coach a professional hockey team in the United States.
Before the 2013–14 season, the Privateers revamped their identity by changing their name to the Watertown Privateers and redesigning their jerseys and logo. Brad Zangs was brought in as new head coach.
Watertown's FHL team returned for the 2014–15 with new ownership after the previous owners decided not to continue. The team rechristened itself as the Watertown Wolves during this season.
In their first season, the Wolves 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.
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 were unable to find an available venue. The renovations were completed on schedule and the Wolves signed a new one-year lease agreement with the city of Watertown in order to return after one season off.
- "Wolves Already Planning For 2016-17". FHL. June 24, 2015.
- City Council approves Privateers’ move to fairgrounds
- Privateers Out, New Pro Hockey Team In. WWNY-TV. Retrieved May 14, 2014.
- "Wolves Bench Boss Clarke Resigns". FHL. April 29, 2015.
- "Wolves, city ink new contract for Watertown arena". Watertown Daily Times. May 17, 2016.
- "Local pro hockey: Watertown Wolves hire Esposito as head coach". Watertown Daily Times. September 8, 2016.
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