Chicago Wolves Noesen Wins President’s Award
Chicago All-Star forward honored for excellence throughout 2021-22 season
The American Hockey League honored Chicago Wolves forward Stefan Noesen with the President’s Award for Overall Excellence during the 2021-22 season.
Noesen was recognized Thursday night at the AHL awards gala that closed the annual board of governors meeting in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
He becomes the first player recognized in this way since Wolves captain Andrew Poturalski – then with Charlotte – was honored after the 2018-19 season.
The 29-year-old Plano, Texas native was a key driver for Wolves’ Calder Cup championship team.
Not only did Noesen beat the AHL with 48 regular season goals — the league’s highest total in 12 years — he led the league in game-winning goals (13), ranked second in plus-minus ( +35) and finished third in points (85).
During the playoffs, Noesen led all players in assists (16) and ranked second in points (25). He tied franchise records for assists and points in a playoff game when he dished out four assists in Game 2 of the Calder Cup Finals against the Springfield Thunderbirds.
Head coach Ryan Warsofsky summed up Noesen’s impact on Wolves in April – shortly after he became the organization’s first player to break the 40-goal barrier since Brett Sterling and Darren Haydar in 2007.
“He’s playing tough,” Warsofsky said.
“He’s a heavy hitter. He’s tough to defend. He can flip pucks like the best of them. He has a knack, obviously, for scoring goals. He should probably have over 40. He was a little bitten by a snake at the start of the season, but he (was) hot. It’s a difficult match for the teams. He is our engine. He makes us leave.
The Carolina Hurricanes recognized Noesen’s stellar season last week by signing him to a two-year contract to keep him with the organization. He will play for the Hurricanes or Wolves in the 2022-23 season.
Wolves unveiled their 2022-23 regular season schedule on Thursday and bespoke ticket plans are now available for the Oct. 15 home opener and the remaining 35 home games at Allstate Arena.
Wolves Calendar 2022-2023
The Chicago Wolves’ quest to become the first consecutive American Hockey League champion since 2010 begins with a 72-game regular-season schedule that includes six Friday nights, 15 Saturday nights and 10 Sunday afternoons at Allstate Arena.
“We were delighted to share our fifth championship with Chicago just a few weeks ago,” Wolves general manager Wendell Young said. “Now we’re looking forward to defending our title – and we’ve been working for months to build our squad for the 2022-23 season. We’re confident we’ll have a similar roster to last season: multiple hungry and talented veterans combined to the top prospects of the Carolina Hurricanes to help everyone reach their full potential.”
Head coach Ryan Warsofsky’s team begins the hunt for a sixth league championship on Saturday, October 15, when Wolves host the Milwaukee Admirals – one of four teams Chicago defeated to win the Cup. To commemorate the achievement, Wolves will hold a banner raising ceremony ahead of their 29th season opener.
The Wolves, seeking their sixth Central Division crown in seven years as the first step to becoming the first team to repeat as AHL champions since the 2009-10 Hershey Bears, will have plenty of opportunities to prove themselves against their division rivals.
Chicago’s schedule calls for 12 games apiece with the Rockford IceHogs and Milwaukee Admirals as well as 10 games with the Grand Rapids Griffins and the Iowa Wild. The Wolves will also face the Cleveland Monsters, Manitoba Moose, Texas Stars and Tucson Roadrunners on several occasions. The AHL’s 32 teams, including the expansion Coachella Valley Firebirds, will play 72 regular season games.
More details on the upcoming season, including the team’s ambitious promotional schedule, will be released soon.