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Chicago Wolves

The Chicago Wolves are a professional hockey team playing in the American Hockey League. The Wolves play home games at the Allstate Arena in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois. The Wolves are owned by Don Levin and Buddy Meyers, who are a pair of Chicago business owners.

Originally a member of the International Hockey League, the Wolves joined the AHL after the IHL folded in 2001. They are currently the AHL affiliate of the Atlanta Thrashers. The Wolves' mascot is a gray wolf named Skates. The mascot wears number 94, noting the year (1994) the Wolves began play in the IHL. They are the Defending Calder Cup Champions, having defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in six games to win the AHL championship.

History

The team has never had a losing season during its history, including four league playoff championships. The Wolves won the Turner Cup twice (1998, 2000) in the IHL, and the Calder Cup twice in 2002 and again in 2008. The Wolves qualified for every postseason except for the 2005–06 season, appearing in six league championship finals. (1998, 2000-2002, 2005, 2008)

The team's great star was forward Steve Maltais, who until his retirement after the 2004–2005 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 defenceman Bob Nardella. 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.

Television

The Wolves are the only AHL team with a full television package. All 80 regular-season games, plus playoffs, are broadcast on Comcast cable. 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. Broadcast announcers are long-time Blackhawks commentators Pat Foley and Bill Gardner, though it was recently announced that Foley would return to the Blackhawks for the 2008-2009 season.

Players

Team captains

  • Steve Maltais (1994–96)
  • Troy Murray (1996–97)
  • Kevin Dahl (2000–01)
  • Steve Maltais(2001–05)
  • Derek MacKenzie (2005–06)
  • no captain (2006–2007)
  • Darren Haydar (2007-present)

Retired numbers

Current roster

As of June 2, 2008

Goaltenders
# align=left Player Catches Acquired Place of Birth

30 Craig Kowalski L 2007 Clinton Township, Michigan
31 Ondrej Pavelec L 2007 Kladno, Czechoslovakia
33 Robert Gherson L 2007 Toronto, Ontario

Defensemen
# align=left Player Shoots Acquired Place of Birth

2 Brian Fahey R 2006 Glenview, Illinois
3 Chad Denny L 2007 Sydney, Nova Scotia
4 Boris Valabik L 2007 Nitra, Slovakia
5 Brian Sipotz R 2005 South Bend, Indiana
7 Scott Lehman L 2007 Windsor, Ontario
8 Joel Kwiatkowski-A L 2007 Kindersley, Saskatchewan
22 Nathan Oystrick L 2006 Regina, Saskatchewan
24 Karel Pilar R 2007 Prague, Czechoslovakia
32 Arturs Kulda L 2007 Riga, Latvia
38 Grant Lewis R 2007 Upper Saint Clair, Pennsylvania
-- Alex Brooks R 2008 Madison, Wisconsin

Forwards
# align=left Player Position Shoots Acquired Place of Birth

9 Jesse Schultz RW R 2007 Strasbourg, Saskatchewan
10 Jason Krog - A C R 2006 Fernie, British Columbia
12 Guillaume Desbiens RW R 2005 Alma, Quebec
13 Andre Deveaux RW R 2006 Freeport, Bahamas
14 Jordan Lavallee-A LW R 2006 Corvallis, Oregon
15 Joey Crabb RW R 2006 Anchorage, Alaska
17 Matt Anderson C R 2007 West Islip, New York
18 Joe Motzko RW R 2007 Bemidji, Minnesota
20 Darren Haydar-C RW R 2006 Toronto, Ontario
21 Kevin Doell C R 2003 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
23 Colin Stuart LW L 2006 Oak Park, Illinois
25 Tomas Pospisil LW R 2007 Kladno, Czechoslovakia
26 Steve Martins C L 2006 Gatineau, Quebec
27 Mike Hamilton LW L 2007 Victoria, British Columbia
28 Bryan Little C L 2007 Edmonton, Alberta
29 Brett Sterling LW L 2006 Los Angeles, California

  • * Called up to Thrashers

Season-by-season results

Regular season

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL SOL Points Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing
1994–95 81 34 33 14 82 261 306 3rd, Northern
1995–96 82 40 34 8 88 288 310 2nd, Midwest
1996–97 82 40 36 6 86 276 290 3rd, Midwest
1997–98 82 55 24 3 113 301 258 1st, Midwest T
1998–99 82 49 21 12 110 285 246 1st, Midwest
1999–00 82 53 21 8 114 270 228 1st, Western T
2000–01 82 43 32 7 93 267 249 1st, Western *
2001–02 80 37 31 7 5 86

250 236 4th, West C
2002–03 80 43 25 8 4 98

276 237 2nd, West
2003–04 80 42 26 9 3 96

246 208 3rd, West
2004–05 80 49 24 2 5 105

245 211 1st, West *
2005–06 80 36 32 4 8 84

278 275 5th, West
2006–07 80 46 25 3 6 101 331 252 2nd, West
2007–08 80 53 22 2 3 111 300 226 1st, West C

  • T= Turner Cup Champions
  • C= Calder Cup Champions
  • *= Conference Champions
  • = Division Champions

Playoffs

Season Prelim 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Finals
1994–95 L, 0–3, KAL
1995–96 W, 3–1 SF L, 1–4, LV
1996–97 L, 1–3, SA
1997–98 W, 3–0, MTB W, 4–2, MIL W, 4–2, LB W, 4–3, DET
1998–99 bye W, 3–0, MTB L, 3–4, HOU
1999–00 bye W, 4–0, LB W, 4–2, HOU W, 4–2, GR
2000–01 W, 4–1, MIL W, 4–2, MTB L, 1–4, ORL
2001–02 W, 2–1, CIN W, 3–2, GR W, 4–3, SYR W, 4–1, HOU W, 4–1, BRI
2002–03 W, 3–2, HER L, 0–4, GR
2003–04 W, 4–0, GR L, 2–4 MIL
2004–05 W, 4–1, HOU W, 4–1, CIN W, 4–0, MTB L, 0–4, PHIL
2005–06 Did not qualify.
2006–07 W, 4–0, MIL W, 4–2, IOWA L, 1–4, HAM
2007–08 W, 4–2, MIL W, 4-3, ROC W, 4-1, TOR W, 4-2,WB/S

Team records

Single Season

Goals: 60 Steve Maltais (1996–97)
Assists: 91 Rob Brown (1995–96)
Points: 143, Brown (1995–96)
Penalty Minutes: 390 Kevin MacDonald (1994–95)
GAA: 1.89 Richard Shulmistra (2000–01)
SV%: .937, Shulmistra (2000–01)

Career

Career Goals: 454, Maltais
Career Assists: 497, Maltais
Career Points: 951, Maltais
Career Penalty Minutes: 1061, Maltais
Career Goaltending Wins: 169 Wendell Young
Career Shutouts: 16, Young
Career Games: 843, Maltais

References

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