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The Iowa Chops is a professional ice hockey team whose operations are currently involuntarily suspended by the American Hockey League. The club is based in Des Moines, Iowamarker at the Wells Fargo Arenamarker.


Iowa Stars logo
The Chops were founded by Howard Baldwin, of Hockey Holdings & Management Group, and Dallas businessman Bob Schlegel, who took the dormant Louisville Panthers AHL franchise and resurrected it for the 2005–06 season as the Iowa Stars (the same name as an earlier team in 1969-70 in the Central Hockey League. They had a five year affiliation agreement with the Dallas Stars and a one year agreement with the Edmonton Oilers.

In their inaugural season, the Stars made it to the Calder Cup playoffs first round, where they were defeated by the Milwaukee Admirals. The Stars won their first playoff series the following season, defeating the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights in six games.

In February 2008, the Dallas Stars announced they would be affiliating with the future Texas Stars pending the 2009 completion of the Cedar Park Entertainment Center in Cedar Park, Texasmarker. After the 2007-2008 season the Dallas Stars left the Iowa scene, and the Anaheim Ducks announced an affiliation with the team.

On July 9, 2008, the team unveiled its new name and logo, featuring a "vicious boar’s head in the team colors of crimson, grey and black".

Portland Pirates' assistant Gord Dineen was named Head Coach of the Iowa Chops on August 19, 2008.

On May 9, 2009, the Anaheim Ducks dropped their affiliation with the Iowa Chops, leaving Iowa to look for their third NHL affiliate in four seasons.

On July 7, 2009, the Iowa Chops franchise was involuntarily suspended by the AHL's Board of Governors for the 2009-10 AHL season for being "unable to remedy certain violations of the provisions of the league’s Constitution and By-Laws." While the AHL declined further comment on the reasons for the suspension, the Des Moines Register reported in June, 2009, that the club "had used the franchise as collateral to obtain a loan in March, 2008, from a North Carolina branch of Wachovia Bank," that "records obtained from Polk County had disclosed the loan amounted to $1.99 million and was used to cover operating costs," and that AHL President Dave Andrews had said that "such loans are not permitted under league rules." The franchise began the 2008-09 season as an affiliate of the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks which ended its agreement with the club in May, 2009, citing a lack of payment on the affiliation contract.

Season-by-season results

Regular season

Season Games Won Lost OTL SOL Points Goals


2005–06 80 41 31 1 7 90 238 228 4th, West
2006–07 80 42 34 3 1 88 221 231 4th, West
2007–08 80 35 37 5 3 78 217 255 8th, West
2008–09 80 33 33 4 10 80 209 260 7th, West


Season 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Finals
2005–06 L, 3–4, Milwaukee
2006–07 W, 4–2, Omaha L, 2–4, Chicago
2007–08 Did not qualify.
2008–09 Did not qualify.

Team records

Single game

Goals: 4 Vojtech Polak (2006–07)

Single season

Goals: 35 Loui Eriksson (2005–06)
Assists: 47 Toby Petersen (2005–06)
Points: 73 Toby Petersen (2005–06)
Penalty Minutes: 189 Brennan Evans (2008–09)
GAA: 2.5 Mike Smith (2005–06)
SV%: .917 Mike Smith (2005–06)


Career Goals: 49 Toby Petersen (2005–08)
Career Assists: 83 Toby Petersen (2005–08)
Career Points: 132 Toby Petersen (2005–08)
Career Penalty Minutes: 129 Krys Barch (2005–06)
Career Goaltending Wins: 25 Mike Smith (2005–06)
Career Shutouts: 3 Mike Smith (2005–06)
Career Games: 132 Yared Hagos (2005–07)

Current Roster

As of April 23, 2009. Data taken from AHL website.[82896]

# align=left Player Catches Date of birth Place of birth
31 David LeNeveu L May 23, 1983 Fernie, BC, Canada

# align=left Player Shoots Date of birth Place of birth
4 Stu Bickel R October 2, 1986 Chanhassen, MN, USA
12 John de Gray L March 14, 1988 Richmond Hill, ON, Canada
17 Mike Stuart R February 16, 1987 Rome, NY, USA
21 Mark Mitera L October 22, 1987 Royal Oak, MI, USA
25 Adrian Veideman L April 13, 1983 Sicamous, BC, Canada
29 Eric Regan R May 20, 1988 Ajax, ON, Canada
44 Nicolas Deschamps LW L January 6, 1990 Lasalle, QC, Canada
7 MacGregor Sharp C L October 1, 1985 Red Deer, AB, Canada
10 Charlie Kronschnabel RW R February 8, 1983 Mendota Heights, MN, USA
14 Francis Wathier LW L December 7, 1984 St. Isidore, ON, Canada
15 Ryan Dingle LW L April 4, 1984 Steamboat Springs, CO, USA
23 Matt Caruana C R July 6, 1985 Orono, ON, Canada

Ryan Donally LW L February 4, 1985 Tecumseh, ON, Canada
32 Ajay Baines C L March 25, 1978 Kamloops, BC, Canada
33 Eric Boguniecki C R May 6, 1975 New Haven, CT, USA

Title align=left STAFF MEMBER
Head Coach Gord Dineen
Assistant Coach Paul Jerrard
Assistant Coach Matt Laatsch
Athletic Trainer Joe Huff


  1. "Chops franchise in suspension for 2009-10 season" AHL Press Release July 7, 2009
  2. "League suspends Iowa Chops from playing in 2009-10 season" The Des Moines Register, July 7, 2009

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