Wolves sign three to AHL deals

The Chicago Wolves have signed defenseman Matt Donovan and forwards Hank Crone and Timothy Doherty to AHL contracts for the 2023-24 season.

Donovan returns to the American Hockey League after spending the 2022-23 season playing in Germany. The two-time AHL All-Star has appeared in 455 games in the AHL with Bridgeport, Rochester and Milwaukee, totaling 64 goals and 193 assists for 257 points. He was also voted to the AHL All-Rookie Team in 2011-12.

Originally a fourth-round choice by the New York Islanders in the 2008 NHL Draft, Donovan has played 69 NHL games with the Islanders and Nashville, recording two goals and 18 assists.

Crone was named rookie of the year and the most valuable player in the ECHL in 2022-23 after recording 49 goals and 56 assists for 105 points in 69 games for the Allen Americans. He also appeared in two games with the AHL’s Ontario Reign, collecting an assist.

The 25-year-old Crone played junior hockey with Omaha and Fargo in the USHL, and collegiately at Boston University, Denver and Northern Michigan.

Doherty, 27, enters his third pro season in 2023-24 after notching 21 goals and 52 assists for 73 points in 69 games with Maine (ECHL) this season.

Doherty, who played four seasons of college hockey at Maine (2017-20) and Penn State (2020-21), has appeared in 160 pro games, all in the ECHL with Maine, Wheeling and Allen.