The Iowa Wild is the American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild. The team begins play at Wells Fargo Arena in October of 2013, its inaugural season in the AHL. The Wild’s first home game is scheduled for Saturday, October 12 at 7:05 p.m. On April 22nd, 2013, the team was relocated by Minnesota to Des Moines, IA from Houston, TX, where it had played since 1994 as the Houston Aeros.
“We are excited to announce that the Iowa Wild will begin play in the 2013-14 AHL season,” Wild Owner Craig Leipold said. “Des Moines is an excellent sports market. Wild fan support is excellent not just in the State of Hockey but throughout the Upper Midwest, including Iowa. We know fans in Des Moines will enjoy watching tomorrow’s Minnesota Wild stars. Our team will be entrenched in this community, particularly in youth hockey.”
For more information on the Iowa Wild please visit the team’s official website at IowaWild.com. Fans can review season ticket packages and seating maps, as well as gather information for the upcoming season. Anyone interested in securing season seats may do so by calling (515) 564-8700 and placing a $100 deposit. You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Those interested in Advertising / Marketing opportunities with the club may call (515) 564-8700 or email email@example.com. To book a community appearance or request a donation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Iowa Wild has been placed in the AHL’s Western Conference, playing in the Midwest Division. The Wild will face division foes Milwaukee, Rockford, Chicago and Grand Rapids. Iowa Wild also see teams from Oklahoma, Texas, North Carolina, New York, Ohio and Canada.
In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 87 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and for the 12th year in a row, more than 6 million fans attended AHL games across North America in 2012-13.
The Minnesota Wild is based in St. Paul, Minnesota and play at the Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul. They are members of the Central Division, of the Western Conference, of the National Hockey League.