Created: May 02, 2020 10:44 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — When sports return, the New Mexico Ice Wolves are looking for some big things.
In year one, the Ice Wolves were picked as the NAHL organizations of the year.
Ice Wolves owner Stan Hubbard feels that year two is when that award will turn into wins.
“We did assume that we weren't going to have a winning season in our first year,” Hubbard said. “It's a league where you need players to get a couple years under their belt and have some experience. We were very young team last year as an expansion franchise, so I think we're gonna have an exciting year this upcoming season and I think we're going to see a whole lot more wins in the column.”
Hubbard said he has loved the game of hockey since he was a kid growing up in Minnesota. Not only does he own the Ice Wolves, but he owns the Outpost Ice Arena in Albuquerque.
“We wanted our own wolf and we wanted it to reflect New Mexico. You see the Zia reflected in the eyes, which are turquoise, which is the state stone. You see the Zia across the snout of the wolf and in the chin you have the turquoise skies, the state stone with the Sandia Mountains from the north and why would we make the Sandia mountain from the north? Because that's where the hockey world looks at us from,” Hubbard said.
The Ice Wolves is bringing back most of their roster, but the owner is fielding calls from players who want to skate in New Mexico.
Stan Hubbard is a member of the Hubbard family, which owns KOB 4.
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