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The Iowa Wild are an ice hockey team in the American Hockey League, that began play from the 2013–14 season. The team plays at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa, as the AHL affiliate of the NHL's Minnesota Wild.

Iowa Wild
2018–19 AHL season
Iowa Wild logo.svg
CityDes Moines, Iowa
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
ConferenceWestern
DivisionCentral
Founded1994 (In the IHL)
Operated2013–present
Home arenaWells Fargo Arena
ColorsForest green, Iron Range red, harvest gold, Minnesota wheat, white
                        
Owner(s)Minnesota Sports and Entertainment
General managerTom Kurvers
Head coachTim Army
MediaFox Sports North
KXNO
AHL.TV (Internet)
AffiliatesMinnesota Wild (NHL)
Allen Americans (ECHL)
Franchise history
1994–2013Houston Aeros
2013–presentIowa Wild

The team used to be known as the Houston Aeros, calling Houston, Texas, home and most recently playing at the Toyota Center. On April 18, 2013, it was announced that the Aeros would move to Des Moines, beginning with the 2013–14 AHL season and be known as the Iowa Wild.[1][2]

The Wild is the second AHL team to call Des Moines home. The city was home to the Iowa Stars, which had been the Dallas Stars' AHL affiliate from 2005 until 2008 (in the team's final season (2008–09), they were known as the Iowa Chops and were affiliated with the Anaheim Ducks).[citation needed]

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HistoryEdit

Houston HeritageEdit

The Houston Aeros were an expansion team in the International Hockey League in 1994. The team's name is a homage to the Houston Aeros of the World Hockey Association in the 1970s, one of the teams Gordie Howe played for in the WHA. The Aeros were the second IHL team to be named after a WHA franchise, the first being the Phoenix Roadrunners; unlike the Roadrunners, who used the same logo as their WHA predecessor, the IHL Aeros used a new logo, a bomber flying over the team name based on the Boeing B-17 or B-25 Mitchell. The Aeros would defeat the Orlando Solar Bears to win the 1999 Turner Cup, following an impressive 54-win season.

The Aeros were one of six IHL teams to join the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2001 when the IHL folded. The AHL version of the Aeros would go on to win the 2003 Calder Cup; they would reach the 2011 Calder Cup finals as well but lost to the Binghamton Senators. They served as the AHL affiliate of the Minnesota Wild and were affiliated with the ECHL revival of the Orlando Solar Bears for the 2012–13 season.[citation needed]

The team played their home games in the Toyota Center, which they moved to from the Compaq Center for the 2003–04 season.

The principal owner was Minnesota Sports and Entertainment, with Chuck Watson, the former owner, owning a 10% minority share along with Houston Native, Nick Sheppard, holding a 4% share.

In IowaEdit

On April 18, 2013, the Minnesota Wild announced that Minnesota Sports and Entertainment were unable to reach a lease agreement with the Toyota Center, and the Aeros would be relocated to Des Moines, Iowa beginning with the 2013–14 season and play their home games in Wells Fargo Arena. The Iowa Wild inaugural season was opened on October 12 with a 1–0 win over the Oklahoma City Barons. The opening night attendance was 10,200.[3] It was announced on February 22, 2018, the Minnesota Wild would extend their contract through 2023.[4]

The affiliation between the two Wild franchises is the first of two between the two cities as the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association and the Iowa Wolves of the NBA G League also share an affiliation.

Season-by-season resultsEdit

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Updated May 15, 2019.[5]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
7   Sam Anas C R 25 2016 Potomac, Maryland Minnesota
44   Matt Bartkowski D L 30 2018 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Minnesota
36   Colton Beck LW L 28 2015 Langley, British Columbia Minnesota
8   Louie Belpedio D R 23 2018 Skokie, Illinois Minnesota
14   Will Bitten RW R 20 2018 Ottawa, Ontario Minnesota
4   Nick Boka D R 21 2019 Plymouth, Michigan Iowa
18   Gustav Bouramman D R 22 2017 Stockholm, Sweden Minnesota
29   Riley Bourbonnais C L 25 2019 Rochester, New York Iowa
12   Ryan Donato C L 23 2019 Scituate, Massachusetts Minnesota
22   Brandon Duhaime LW L 21 2019 Parkland, Florida Minnesota
39   Stepan Falkovsky D L 22 2018 Minsk, Belarus Minnesota
41   Landon Ferraro C R 27 2017 Trail, British Columbia Minnesota
10   Gerry Fitzgerald C R 25 2018 Port Alberni, British Columbia Iowa
2   Jordan Greenway LW L 22 2018 Canton, New York Minnesota
35   Andrew Hammond G L 31 2018 White Rock, British Columbia Minnesota
34   Kaapo Kahkonen G L 22 2018 Helsinki, Finland Minnesota
3   Michael Kapla D L 24 2019 Eau Claire, Wisconsin Minnesota
19   Luke Kunin C R 21 2017 Chesterfield, Missouri Minnesota
11   Chase Lang RW R 22 2016 Nanaimo, British Columbia Minnesota
17   Mike Liambas (A) LW L 30 2018 Woodbridge, Ontario Minnesota
20   Gerald Mayhew C L 26 2017 Wyandotte, Michigan Minnesota
6   Mitch McLain C L 25 2018 Baxter, Minnesota Iowa
27   Brennan Menell D R 21 2017 Woodbury, Minnesota Minnesota
9   Cal O'Reilly (C) C L 32 2017 Toronto, Ontario Minnesota
39   Nate Prosser D R 33 2018 Elk River, Minnesota Minnesota
42   Kyle Rau C L 26 2017 Eden Prairie, Minnesota Minnesota
26   Matt Read (A) RW R 32 2018 Ilderton, Ontario Minnesota
25   Jack Sadek D R 22 2019 Lakeville, Minnesota Iowa
15   Dante Salituro RW R 22 2017 North York, Ontario Minnesota
23   Mason Shaw C L 20 2018 Lloydminster, Alberta Minnesota
16   Tyler Sheehy C R 23 2019 Burnsville, Minnesota Iowa
28   Dmitry Sokolov RW L 21 2018 Omsk, Russia Minnesota
21   Carson Soucy D L 24 2017 Irma, Alberta Minnesota
38   Josh Thrower D R 23 2018 Squamish, British Columbia Iowa
37   Hunter Warner D R 23 2016 Cambridge, Minnesota Minnesota


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Wild AHL Affiliate Moving To Iowa". Minnesota Wild. 2013-04-18. Retrieved 2013-04-18.
  2. ^ Birch, Tommy; Leistikow, Chad (2013-04-18). "Is Des Moines ready to try pro hockey again?". Des Moines Register. Retrieved 2013-04-18.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ As former sole owner of the team, Chuck Watson owns the rights to the Aeros name, prompting the name change."Wild statement on AHL affiliate". Houston Aeros. 2013-04-18. Retrieved 2013-04-18.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Wild, Iowa. "FIVE YEARS IN: JUST GETTING STARTED | Iowa Wild". www.iowawild.com. Retrieved 2018-08-13.
  5. ^ "TheAHL.com –Iowa Wild Roster". Retrieved 2015-01-10.

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