Iowa Wild

The Iowa Wild are an ice hockey team in the American Hockey League, that began play for 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
2020–21 AHL season
Iowa Wild logo.svg
CityDes Moines, Iowa
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
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, in Houston, Texas, and last 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]

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 Twin Cities area franchises and Iowa minor league franchises, 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

Regular season Playoffs Attendance
Season Games Won Lost OTL SOL Points PCT Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing Year 1st
round
2nd
round
3rd
round
Finals
2013–14 76 27 36 7 6 67 .441 169 235 5th, Midwest 2014 Did not qualify 5,883
2014–15 76 23 49 2 2 50 .329 172 245 5th, Midwest 2015 Did not qualify 5,659
2015–16 76 24 41 5 6 59 .388 169 225 8th, Central 2016 Did not qualify 5,846
2016–17 76 36 31 7 2 81 .533 182 196 6th, Central 2017 Did not qualify 6,019
2017–18 76 33 27 10 6 82 .539 232 246 5th, Central 2018 Did not qualify 6,153
2018–19 76 37 26 8 5 87 .572 242 230 3rd, Central 2019 W, 3–2, MIL L, 2–4, CHI 6,409
2019–20 63 37 18 4 4 82 .651 194 171 2nd, Central 2020 Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic 6,351

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

Updated January 11, 2021.[5]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
  Calen Addison D R 20 2021 Brandon, Manitoba Minnesota
41   Josh Atkinson D L 28 2019 St. Albert, Alberta Iowa
30   Dereck Baribeau G R 21 2019 Quebec, Quebec Minnesota
14   Will Bitten RW R 22 2018 Ottawa, Ontario Minnesota
  Shawn Boudrias RW R 21 2020 Laval, Quebec Iowa
  Jarrett Burton C L 30 2020 Echo Bay, Ontario Iowa
  Mitchell Chaffee RW R 22 2021 Rockford, Michigan Minnesota
  Joseph Cramarossa LW L 28 2021 Markham, Ontario Minnesota
43   Connor Dewar C L 21 2019 The Pas, Manitoba Minnesota
22   Brandon Duhaime LW L 23 2019 Parkland, Florida Minnesota
40   Gabriel Dumont C R 30 2019 Degelis, Quebec Minnesota
  Hunter Jones G L 20 2021 Brantford, Ontario Minnesota
  Josh Maser LW L 21 2020 Penticton, British Columbia Iowa
  Ian McCoshen D L 25 2021 Anaheim, California Minnesota
6   Mitch McLain C L 27 2018 Baxter, Minnesota Iowa
55   Cody McLeod LW L 36 2019 Binscarth, Manitoba Iowa
23   Mason Shaw C L 22 2018 Lloydminster, Alberta Minnesota
28   Dmitry Sokolov RW L 22 2018 Omsk, Russia Minnesota
29   Keaton Thompson D L 25 2019 Devils Lake, North Dakota Iowa
37   Hunter Warner D R 25 2016 Cambridge, Minnesota Iowa

Team captainsEdit

Franchise records and leadersEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

These are the top-ten point-scorers for the Iowa Wild in the AHL. Figures are updated after each completed season.[6]

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game;   = current Iowa player

Points
Player Pos GP G A Pts P/G
Sam Anas C 259 72 125 197 .76
Gerald Mayhew RW 209 88 72 160 .77
Kyle Rau C 189 63 83 146 .77
Zack Mitchell RW 250 66 66 132 .53
Cal O'Reilly C 142 31 100 131 .92
Brennan Menell D 199 15 101 116 .58
Colton Beck LW 319 41 63 104 .33
Tyler Graovac C 202 49 53 102 .51
Justin Kloos C 119 32 49 81 .68
Jordan Schroeder LW 100 30 50 80 .80

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 2020-07-11.
  6. ^ "Iowa Wild - All Time AHL leaders". hockeydb.com. June 10, 2019. Retrieved June 10, 2019.

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