Iowa Wild Information

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Iowa Wild
2019–20 AHL season
Iowa Wild logo.svg
City Des Moines, Iowa
League American Hockey League
ConferenceWestern
DivisionCentral
Founded1994 (In the IHL)
Operated 2013–present
Home arena Wells Fargo Arena
ColorsForest green, Iron Range red, harvest gold, Minnesota wheat, white
                        
Owner(s) Minnesota Sports and Entertainment
General manager Tom Kurvers
Head coach Tim Army
Media Fox Sports North
KXNO
AHL.TV (Internet)
Affiliates Minnesota Wild ( NHL)
Allen Americans ( ECHL)
Franchise history
1994–2013 Houston Aeros
2013–presentIowa Wild

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.

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]

History

Houston Heritage

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 Iowa

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 results

Regular season Playoffs
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
2014–15 76 23 49 2 2 50 .329 172 245 5th, Midwest 2015 Did not qualify
2015–16 76 24 41 5 6 59 .388 169 225 8th, Central 2016 Did not qualify
2016–17 76 36 31 7 2 81 .533 182 196 6th, Central 2017 Did not qualify
2017–18 76 33 27 10 6 82 .539 232 246 5th, Central 2018 Did not qualify
2018–19 76 37 26 8 5 87 .572 242 230 3rd, Central 2019 W, 3–2, MIL L, 2–4, CHI

Players

Current roster

Updated July 15, 2019. [5]

# Nat Player Pos S/ G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
7 United States Sam Anas C R 26 2016 Potomac, Maryland Minnesota
44 United States Matt Bartkowski D L 31 2018 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Minnesota
36 Canada Colton Beck LW L 29 2015 Langley, British Columbia Minnesota
8 United States Louie Belpedio D R 23 2018 Skokie, Illinois Minnesota
14 Canada Will Bitten RW R 21 2018 Ottawa, Ontario Minnesota
4 United States Nick Boka D R 21 2019 Plymouth, Michigan Iowa
18 Sweden Gustav Bouramman D R 22 2017 Stockholm, Sweden Minnesota
Canada Alex Breton D L 22 2019 Sainte-Marie, Quebec Iowa
22 United States Brandon Duhaime LW L 22 2019 Parkland, Florida Minnesota
39 Belarus Stepan Falkovsky D L 22 2018 Minsk, Belarus Minnesota
34 Finland Kaapo Kahkonen G L 23 2018 Helsinki, Finland Minnesota
17 Canada Mike Liambas ( A) LW L 30 2018 Woodbridge, Ontario Minnesota
20 United States Gerald Mayhew C L 26 2017 Wyandotte, Michigan Minnesota
6 United States Mitch McLain C L 25 2018 Baxter, Minnesota Iowa
27 United States Brennan Menell D R 22 2017 Woodbury, Minnesota Minnesota
42 United States Kyle Rau C L 26 2017 Eden Prairie, Minnesota Minnesota
25 United States Jack Sadek D R 22 2019 Lakeville, Minnesota Iowa
23 Canada Mason Shaw C L 20 2018 Lloydminster, Alberta Minnesota
28 Russia Dmitry Sokolov RW L 21 2018 Omsk, Russia Minnesota
21 Canada Carson Soucy D L 25 2017 Irma, Alberta Minnesota
37 United States Hunter Warner D R 23 2016 Cambridge, Minnesota Minnesota

Team captains

Franchise records and leaders

Scoring leaders

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
Zack Mitchell RW 250 66 66 132 .53
Cal O'Reilly C 142 31 100 131 .92
Sam Anas C 196 52 75 127 .65
Kyle Rau C 138 49 54 103 .75
Tyler Graovac C 202 49 53 102 .51
Gerald Mayhew C 160 49 50 99 .62
Colton Beck LW 272 37 56 93 .34
Justin Kloos C 119 32 49 81 .68
Jordan Schroeder LW 100 30 50 80 .80
Pat Cannone F 149 26 51 77 .52

References

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

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