Wolves Hire Nardella As Assistant Coach
Longtime Chicago Wolves employee Bob Nardella will begin a new position with the hockey team as a full-time assistant coach, the team announced July 12.
Nardella, of Rosemont, has been with the Wolves since their origin in 1994, playing for the team from 1994-95 and 1997-2006. He has worked for the last two years as the Wolves’ skills development coach, and the last three years overall as a part-time assistant.
“This means everything to me,” Nardella said. “I feel like such a part of the organization because, except for a few years, I’ve been here since the beginning. I care about the Wolves organization deeply. It has defined me over the last 20 years. I take a lot of pride in it.”
According to the Wolves, Nardella ranks as the highest-scoring defenseman in franchise history with 298 points. Overall, he stands second in Wolves annuals in games played (476), fifth in assists (239) and sixth in points.
Nardella played a primary role when Chicago captured the International Hockey League’s Turner Cup in 1998 and 2000 and the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup in 2002.
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 graduated from high school in Iowa, is the father of two hockey players Bobby (full name: Robert Virgil Nardella, III) and Nicholas. Bobby, who will be a junior at University of Notre Dame this fall, attended Rosemont Elementary and East Leyden High School, but graduated from East High School (Sioux City, IA). Nick, 18, played hockey for Chicago Mission and Tri-City Storm (USHL) this past season. Nardella’s wife Alicia is the head administrative assistant for the Rosemont Public Safety Department.
The Chicago Wolves were a minor league affiliate of St. Louis Blues, but now are affiliated with the debuting Vegas Golden Knights. The Wolves have a new head coach for next season, with Rocky Thompson replacing Craig Berube after the change in programs.