John Anderson Head Coach
John Anderson is in his 14th season as Wolves head coach and his third since being re-hired to the position on July 16, 2013.
Anderson rejoined the Wolves after amassing four years of National Hockey League experience, which included two years as head coach of the Atlanta Thrashers from 2008-10. He also served as an assistant coach with the Phoenix Coyotes from 2011-13.
The 58-year-old guided the Wolves to four championships during his first tenure with the Wolves – the Calder Cup in 2002 and 2008 and the Turner Cup in 1998 and 2000. He is the team’s all-time leader in wins (591) and postseason victories (110). He earned his 363rd AHL regular-season win on Nov. 28, 2014, to take over sole possession of fifth place among the league’s all-time winningest coaches.
Anderson’s squads have set several single-season team records, including 55 wins (1997-98), 114 points (1999-2000), 29 home wins (1997-98; 1998-99), 27 road wins (1999-2000; 2006-07), 331 goals (2006-07) and 191 goals allowed (2013-14).
Prior to joining the Wolves, Anderson captured the Colonial Cup as head coach of the Quad City Mallards of the Colonial Hockey League. He began his coaching career with the Winston-Salem Mammoths in 1995-96, leading them to the Southern Hockey League Finals and a 30-23-1 regular-season record.
Toronto’s first pick (11th overall) in the 1977 amateur draft, Anderson played 12 seasons in the National Hockey League with the Maple Leafs (1977-85), Quebec Nordiques (1985-86), and Hartford Whalers (1986-89). The Toronto native registered five 30-goal campaigns in the NHL, including four straight from 1981-85. Anderson’s most productive offensive season came in 1982-83, when he paced Toronto with 80 points (31G, 49A) in 80 games.
Anderson entered the 2015-16 season ranked 14th in Maple Leafs history with 189 goals and 21st with 393 points. Overall, he amassed 282 goals and 631 points in 814 NHL regular-season games along with nine goals and 27 points in 37 career Stanley Cup Playoff contests.
Anderson played three years in the International Hockey League with the Fort Wayne Komets (1990-91) and San Diego Gulls (1992-94). As a player/assistant coach with the Gulls, he helped propel the club to an IHL-record 62 wins and a berth in the 1993 Turner Cup Finals. Two years earlier, he tallied 40 goals and 83 points in 63 games to help the Komets reach the 1991 Turner Cup Finals.
With the American Hockey League’s New Haven Nighthawks in 1991-91, Anderson became the oldest player to win the league’s Most Valuable Player award at age 35. That season, he notched 41 goals and 95 points in 68 games, while capturing the AHL’s Sportsmanship Award and earning a spot on the AHL First All-Star Team.
Mark Hardy Assistant Coach
Mark Hardy is in his second season with the Wolves after being named an assistant coach on August 25, 2014. After spending 15 years in the National Hockey League as a defenseman, Hardy has accrued 20 years of experience behind the bench.
Hardy joined the Wolves after three seasons in the ECHL with the Ontario Reign. He helped the Los Angeles Kings and Winnipeg Jets affiliate earn second-place finishes in the Western Conference each season he was on staff.
The 56-year-old also owns 11 years of NHL coaching experience as he served on the staffs for Los Angeles (1999-2006, 2008-10) and the Chicago Blackhawks (2006-08). Hardy became known as a defensive specialist, which included overseeing the third-best penalty killing unit in Kings history in 2001-02 (86.6 percent efficiency).
Prior to his first tenure with Los Angeles, the Samedan, Switzerland native began his coaching career as a player/coach and assistant coach in the International Hockey League for five seasons with the Detroit Vipers (1994-95) and Long Beach Ice Dogs (1995-99).
Drafted by Los Angeles in the second round (30th overall) of the 1979 NHL Entry Draft, Hardy collected 368 points (62G, 306A) in 915 career regular-season games as a defenseman for the Kings, Minnesota North Stars, and New York Rangers. He finished his playing career with 70 points (18G, 52A) in 199 IHL games with Phoenix, Detroit, and Los Angeles.
Brad Tapper Assistant Coach
Brad Tapper is in his second season behind the bench with the Wolves after being named an assistant coach on August 25, 2014. A member of Chicago’s 2002 Calder Cup championship team, he brings six years of coaching experience and nine years of professional playing experience to the staff.
A forward for the Wolves from 2001-04, Tapper returned to the American Hockey League after spending one year as the head coach with North York in the CCHL and serving as an assistant for four years with Florida and Orlando in the ECHL.
The 37-year-old has a league championship on his coaching resume as he captured the 2012 Kelly Cup with Florida. During his four seasons in the ECHL, his teams never failed to make the postseason and posted a 158-102-9-19 record (.597). His forward corps placed in the top 10 in the league in scoring each season, including two second-place finishes, and averaged 3.41 goals per game overall.
The Scarborough, Ontario, native retired as a player in 2009 following a nine-year professional career, including parts of three seasons with the Wolves. During his tenure in Chicago, he contributed 58 points (24G, 34A) in 98 regular-season games and another 11 points (4G, 7A) in 28 postseason tilts.
In addition to his time with the Wolves, Tapper skated in 71 NHL contests with Atlanta from 2000-03, accruing 25 points (14G, 11A) in 71 games. He also suited up for Binghamton and Philadelphia in the AHL and spent seasons in the International Hockey League and German Elite League, in addition to his collegiate career at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Bob Nardella Assistant Coach/Skills Development Coach
One of the most accomplished players in Chicago Wolves history, Bob Nardella has begun his second year as an assistant coach for the franchise.
Nardella ranks second on the team’s all-time regular-season list for games (476), fifth in assists (239) and sixth in points (298) after spending six full and three partial seasons with the Wolves. He was a key player when Chicago captured the 1998 and 2000 Turner Cups as well as the 2002 Calder Cup.
The 47-year-old Melrose Park native made his Wolves debut during the team’s inaugural season in 1994-95. After spending one season in Italy and another in Germany – punctuated by his first of two appearances in the Winter Olympics with Italy’s national team – Nardella returned to the Wolves from 1997 to 2002.
The defenseman posted 48 points in 65 regular-season games and 18 points in 22 playoff games during the run to the 1998 Turner Cup. Nardella provided 46 points in 77 regular-season games and 13 points in 16 postseason games in 2000 while earning Second All-Star Team recognition in the International Hockey League. He added 26 points in 52 regular-season games and 14 points in 24 games during the 2002 Calder Cup playoffs.
Nardella ranks second on the Wolves’ all-time postseason list in games (101), fourth in points (61), fourth in assists (44), and seventh in goals (17).
Nardella, who owns and operates R.J.N. Supplies Inc., lives in Rosemont with his wife, Alicia, and their sons, Bobby and Nicholas.
Kevin Kacer, A.T.C. Athletic Trainer
Kevin Kacer, ATC, became the Wolves head athletic trainer in 1995 after being an assistant athletic trainer with the Detroit Pistons from 1993-95. Before that, he served as the head athletic trainer for the Continental Basketball Association’s Fort Wayne Fury (1991-93); the International Hockey League’s Fort Wayne Komets (1990-91); and the National Professional Soccer League’s Fort Wayne Flames (1988-90).
Kacer earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Indianapolis, where he served as the head student trainer from 1983-87. He gained experience as a volunteer trainer at Carroll High School in Fort Wayne from 1983-87 and at the 1986 Pan American Games in Indianapolis.
The 50-year-old is a member of the Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society, National Athletic Trainers’ Association and American College of Sports Medicine.
Kacer and his wife, Jill, have a daughter, Madison, and two sons, Cameron and Nolan, and reside in the western suburbs.
CRAIG KOGUT (updated 08/15)
Craig Kogut enters his 22nd season with the Wolves and 21st as the team’s head equipment manager. The 53-year-old Maywood native handled the Wolves assistant equipment manager role during the team’s inaugural 1994-95 season.
A member of the Society of Professional Hockey Equipment Managers (SPHEM), Kogut has worked more than 1,500 games for the Wolves. He also served as assistant equipment manager with the Chicago Blackhawks during the 1984-85 season. The 1980 Proviso East High School graduate worked as a store manager for K & K Sports from 1989-94.
Kogut and his wife, Anna, have a daughter, Lisa Marie, and a son, D.J., and reside in the western suburbs.
Craig Kogut Equipment Manager
Craig Kogut just completed his 20th season with the Wolves and 19th as the team’s head equipment manager. The 52-year-old Maywood native handled the Wolves assistant equipment manager role during the team’s inaugural 1994-95 season.
A member of the Society of Professional Hockey Equipment Managers (SPHEM), Kogut has worked more than 1,600 games for the Wolves. He also served as assistant equipment manager with the Chicago Blackhawks during the 1984-85 season. The 1980 Proviso East High School graduate worked as a store manager for K & K Sports from 1989-94.
Kogut and his wife, Anna, have a daughter, Lisamarie, and a son, D.J., and reside in the western suburbs.
Stan Dubicki Goaltending Coach
Stan Dubicki enters his fourth season as the Wolves goaltending coach. Prior to joining the Wolves, he spent five years working at Wendell Young’s Goaltending Academy.
Dubicki has been the director of the youth and adult hockey programs at the Park District of Franklin Park.
The 48-year-old played junior hockey in Canada and received his bachelor’s degree in health science from Brockport State College in New York.
Stan has a daughter, Nicole, and resides in the northwest suburbs.