THIS DATE IN WILD HISTORY - APRIL 15Apr 15, 2020
2019 – Hammond named CCM/AHL Player of the Week
After clinching the organization’s first-ever Calder Cup playoff appearance, Andrew Hammond was awarded the CCM/AHL Player of the Week. Hammond went 3-0-0 in three contests, sporting a 1.30 goals against average, a .956 save percentage and one shutout. He joined fellow netminder Kaapo Kahkonen as the only members of the Wild organization to earn Player of the Week honors during the 2018-19 season.
2017 – Iowa Wild (5) at Rockford IceHogs (2)
The Wild ended the 2016-17 season in style with a 5-2 victory against the Rockford IceHogs, securing the team’s first winning season in franchise history. The Wild roared to a 5-0 lead midway through the second period and cruised to the win. Gerry Mayhew potted two goals and Luke Kunin added another in the first period to give the Wild a 3-0 lead, and in the middle frame, Kurtis Gabriel made it a 4-0 game. Less than a minute later, Dmitry Sokolov scored his first professional goal and putting the game out of reach. The IceHogs scored two in the third period, but at that point, the Wild had already built a commanding lead.
2016 – Iowa Wild (2) vs. Chicago Wolves (3)
Zack Mitchell made history on this date in 2016 when he set the Wild’s record for goals in a single season when he scored his 22nd of the season, which has since been broken by Sam Anas in 2018 and Gerry Mayhew in 2019 and 2020. Scott Sabourin recorded the other tally for the Wild. The two sides traded goals in the first and second periods but ultimately it was Andre Benoit converting in the sixth round of the shootout, giving the Wolves the extra point.