Patrick Dwyer has helped guide the Chicago Wolves to one Calder Cup championship, one Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy (representing the best regular-season record in the AHL) and two Central Division titles during his two seasons as a Chicago Wolves assistant coach. Dwyer rejoined the Wolves organization in Sept. 2020 after serving as the Charlotte Checkers’ assistant alongside Ryan Warsofsky in 2019-20.
Dwyer, 39, is no stranger to the Wolves. Selected by the Atlanta Thrashers in the fourth round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Dwyer was graduated from Western Michigan University in 2005 and proceeded to spend his first full year in professional hockey with the Wolves. The right wing posted 16 goals, 29 assists and a +15 plus/minus rating in 73 games during the 2005-06 season. He ranked fifth on head coach John Anderson’s squad with 45 points.
The Spokane, Washington, native then moved to the Carolina Hurricanes organization, where he split the next nine seasons between Carolina and the AHL’s Albany River Rats. Dwyer delivered 42 goals and 51 assists in 416 NHL regular-season games from 2008-15. He added 94 goals and 102 assists in 354 AHL appearances for the Wolves, Albany (2006-10) and the Charlotte Checkers (2016-17).
After wrapping up his professional playing career for the EIHL’s Belfast Giants in 2019, Dwyer launched his coaching career with Charlotte in 2019-20. He served as an assistant for a Checkers squad that posted a 34-22-5-0 record (.598) and a third-place finish in the AHL’s Atlantic Division.