|2021-22 AHL season|
|City||Des Moines, Iowa|
|League||American Hockey League|
|Founded||1994 (In the IHL)|
|Home arena||Wells Fargo Arena|
|Colors||Forest green, Iron Range red, harvest gold, Minnesota wheat, white|
|Owner(s)||Minnesota Sports and Entertainment|
|Head coach||Tim Army|
|Media||Fox Sports North|
|Affiliates||Minnesota Wild (NHL)|
Iowa Heartlanders (ECHL)
The Iowa Wild are a professional 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.
The team was formerly the Houston Aeros, in Houston, Texas, before being relocated to Des Moines, beginning with the 2013-14 AHL season as the Iowa Wild. The Wild is the second AHL team based in Des Moines following 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).
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.
The Iowa Wild franchise began as the Houston Aeros, a 1994 expansion team in the International Hockey League (IHL) that played out of the Compaq Center. The Aeros were one of six IHL teams to join the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2001 when the IHL folded. Upon joining the AHL, the Aeros affiliated with the National Hockey League's one-year-old expansion team, the Minnesota Wild. The AHL version of the Aeros won the 2003 Calder Cup and also reached the 2011 Calder Cup finals, but lost to the Binghamton Senators. In 2003, the majority ownership of the franchise was sold to Minnesota Sports and Entertainment, the ownership group of the Wild, while former owner Chuck Watson retained a 10% minority share along with Houston native Nick Sheppard holding a 4% share. The team then moved home games to the new Toyota Center.
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 with home games at 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. The team failed to make the playoffs for its first five seasons.
On February 22, 2018, the Minnesota Wild extended their contract through 2023. The team reached the playoffs for the first time relocating from Houston in 2019, where they reached the division finals and lost to the Chicago Wolves in six games. The following 2019-20 season was then curtailed by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic with the Wild holding second place in the division and no playoffs were held. The 2020-21 season was then delayed due to the pandemic, with a shortened season held and no Calder Cup playoffs.
|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|
|2020-21||34||17||13||4||0||38||.559||107||113||4th, Central||2021||No playoffs were held||3,273|
Updated September 9, 2021.
|30||Dereck Baribeau||G||R||22||2019||Quebec, Quebec||Minnesota|
|11||Adam Beckman||LW||L||20||2021||Saskatoon, Saskatchewan||Minnesota|
|-||Kris Bennett||C||L||25||2021||Brampton, Ontario||Iowa|
|14||Will Bitten||RW||R||23||2018||Ottawa, Ontario||Minnesota|
|21||Mitchell Chaffee||RW||R||23||2021||Rockford, Michigan||Minnesota|
|-||Bryce Gervais||LW||L||29||2021||Battleford, Saskatchewan||Iowa|
|18||Damien Giroux||C||L||21||2021||Sudbury, Ontario||Minnesota|
|15||Fedor Gordeev||D||L||22||2021||Toronto, Ontario||Minnesota|
|92||Hunter Jones||G||L||21||2021||Brantford, Ontario||Minnesota|
|-||Ryan Kuffner||LW||L||25||2021||Ottawa, Ontario||Iowa|
|9||Ivan Lodnia||RW||R||22||2019||Novi, Michigan||Minnesota|
|55||Cody McLeod (A)||LW||L||37||2019||Binscarth, Manitoba||Iowa|
|94||Bryce Misley||C||L||22||2021||Calgary, Alberta||Iowa|
|27||Ryan O'Rourke||D||L||19||2021||Pickering, Ontario||Minnesota|
|15||Turner Ottenbreit||D||L||24||2019||Yorkton, Saskatchewan||Iowa|
|23||Mason Shaw||C||L||22||2018||Lloydminster, Alberta||Minnesota|
|-||Doyle Somerby||D||L||27||2021||Marblehead, Massachusetts||Iowa|
|-||Nate Sucese||LW||L||25||2021||Fairport, New York||Iowa|
|10||Nick Swaney||RW||R||24||2021||Lakeville, Minnesota||Iowa|
|29||Keaton Thompson||D||L||26||2019||Devils Lake, North Dakota||Iowa|
|-||Riese Zmolek||D||L||25||2021||Rochester, Minnesota||Iowa|
These are the top-ten point-scorers for the Iowa Wild in the AHL. Figures are updated after each completed season.
Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game;= current Iowa player