The Chicago Wolves have named Wendell Young as the team’s general manager, following the departure of Kevin Cheveldayoff to the National Hockey League’s Chicago Blackhawks earlier this week.
Young has served as the team’s assistant coach and executive director of team relations for the last six seasons, and has been a part of the Wolves organization for 15 years as a player and executive.
The 46-year-old is the Wolves’ all-time leader among goaltenders in games played (322), wins (169), saves (8,467), minutes (17,912) and shutouts (16), and was a member of Chicago’s 1998 and 2000 Turner Cup championship squads. His jersey number 1 was the first number ever retired by the Wolves on Dec. 1, 2001, following his retirement from an 18-year professional playing career.
"Wendell has been here since the first season. He knows our winning culture. He’s won as a player, he’s won as a coach and he is certainly capable of winning as a general manager," said Wolves Chairman of the Board Don Levin.
The Halifax, N.S., native, who was inducted into the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame in 2007, is the only man in hockey history to have won all four North American championships: the Stanley Cup, Calder Cup, Turner Cup and Memorial Cup. Young was the MVP of the 1988 Calder Cup Playoffs when he backstopped the Hershey Bears to a perfect 12-0 postseason record. He also was behind the bench as an assistant coach for the Wolves’ 2008 Calder Cup victory.
Young played 10 seasons in the NHL and won Stanley Cup titles with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991 and 1992. He also served as the goaltending coach for the Calgary Flames from 2001-03.