New England Black Wolves
New England Black Wolves logo.png
SportLacrosse
Founded2015
Disbanded2021
LeagueNational Lacrosse League
DivisionEast
Based inUncasville, Connecticut
ArenaMohegan Sun Arena
ColorsBlack, Orange, White
Head coachGlenn Clark
General managerRich Lisk
Division titles(1) 2020
Websitewww.blackwolves.com

The New England Black Wolves were a professional box lacrosse team based in Uncasville, Connecticut. They were members of the East Division of the National Lacrosse League and began play in the winter of 2014–2015 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville.[1] The team was partially owned by the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut, partially owned by Ted Goldthorpe, and partially owned by Brad Brewster.

The Black Wolves relocated from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where they were known as the Philadelphia Wings from 1987 to 2014 and won 6 championships.[2]

On February 22, 2021, the team was reported to have been sold and was relocated to Albany, New York, to play out of the MVP Arena as the Albany FireWolves.[3]

History

The Black Wolves won their first game at home on January 2, 2015 against the Buffalo Bandits in front of just under 6,000 fans. Kyle Buchanan scored the first ever goal for the Black Wolves in New England's 12-8 win.[4] The team would finish with a record of 4-14 in its inaugural season. With a new coach behind the bench, the Black Wolves would bounce back and have a much improved 2016 season, which led them to a 10-8 record and playoff run that ended to the Bandits in the East Division final.

The Black Wolves' third year was not as successful as their second, as they fell to a 8-10 record and lost in the East Division semi-final. The Black Wolves continued to struggle in the regular season and playoffs, as in 2018 and 2019 they finished with a 9-9 record and a first round exit in the playoffs in each of those seasons.

2020 appeared to be a different season for the Black Wolves with the emergence of Doug Jamieson as a legitimate starting goalie and forward Callum Crawford. Having an MVP caliber season, the Black Wolves seemed poised for a deep playoff run and potentially a championship. However, with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NLL cancelled the rest of the season.

After struggling with attendance at the end of the season, it was announced that the New England Black Wolves franchise would move to Albany and rebrand as the Albany FireWolves. The franchise finished with one main notable achievement as a team and it was being declared the East Division Champions in 2020 after the stoppage of the season.

Current roster

Active (21-man) roster Inactive roster Coaches
Goaltenders
  • 30 Canada Doug Jamieson
  • 35 Canada Ethan Woods
Defensemen
  • 10 Iroquois Adam Bomberry
  • 22 Canada Nick Chaykowsky
  •  8 United States Greg Downing
  • 19 Iroquois Ty Logan
  • 13 United States Brett Manney (C)
  • 21 Canada Mackenzie Mitchell
  • 91 United States Joe Nardella
  • 26 Canada Jackson Nishimura
  • 62 Canada Creighton Reid
Forwards
Transition
Practice Squad
  • 27 Canada Bailey Brown
  • 21 Canada Mike Byrne
  • 55 Canada Joel Tinney
Head Coach
  • Glenn Clark
Assistant Coaches

Legend
  • * Suspended list
  • (C) Captain
  • (A) Alternate captain

Roster updated 2019-09-18
NLL Transactions

All-time record

Season Division W–L Finish Home Road GF GA Coach Playoffs
2015 Eastern 4–14 5th 2–7 2–7 186 249 Blane Harrison Did Not Qualify
2016 Eastern 10–8 2nd 6–3 4–5 229 212 Glenn Clark Lost East Division Final
2017 Eastern 8–10 3rd 5–4 3–6 220 244 Glenn Clark Lost East Division Semi-Final
2018 Eastern 9–9 3rd 4–5 5–4 194 242 Glenn Clark Lost East Division Semi-Final
2019 Eastern 9–9 4th 7–2 2–7 213 223 Glenn Clark Lost East Division Semi-Final
2020 Eastern 8-3 1st 4-3 4-0 135 101 Glenn Clark No Playoffs Held
Total 6 Seasons 48-53   28-24 20–29 1,177 1,271    
Playoff Totals 4 Appearances 1-5   1–1 0–4 66 94   0 championship

Playoff results

Season Game Visiting Home
2016 East Division Semi-Finals Georgia 13 New England 14 OT
East Division Finals Game 1 Buffalo 15 New England 10
East Division Finals Game 2 New England 15 Buffalo 20
2017 East Division Semi-Finals New England 10 Toronto 18
2018 East Division Semi-Finals New England 11 Rochester 15
2019 East Division Semi-Finals New England 6 Buffalo 13

Draft history

NLL Entry Draft

First Round Selections

Head coaching history

Note: This list does not include head coaches from the Philadelphia Wings.

# Name Term Regular Season Playoffs
GC W L W% GC W L W%
1 Blaine Harrison 2015 18 4 14 .222
2 Glenn Clark 2016-(present) 72 36 36 .500 5 1 4 .200

References

  1. ^ Mohegan Sun introduces New England Black Wolves for 2015, NLL.com, September 19, 2014
  2. ^ New England Black Wolves opening exciting new chapter of NLL, Bob Chavez, Inside Lacrosse.com, September 22, 2014
  3. ^ Times Union Center gets National Lacrosse League franchise, Mark Singelais, Albany Times-Union, February 22nd, 2021
  4. ^ "Good Crowd Sees Black Wolves Debut Strong". Reid L. Walmark. 2015-01-02.