January was a whirlwind month for David Wolf.
After struggling for the first couple of months, the German winger hit his stride offensively last month and wound up scoring seven goals and nine points in eight games in January for the Adirondack Flames.
He had a pair of two-goal games in January and set a new AHL career-high when he posted three points against the Milwaukee Admirals on Jan. 17.
"Everything he’s shooting is going in," coach Ryan Huska told CalgaryFlames.com's Paul Post. "Having said that, I think he’s consistently worked hard, so he’s deserving of those chances. I’m happy for him. He’s done a really good job for us."
Wolf's contributions weren't limited to the scoresheet, either. Despite this being his first year in North America, the 25-year-old has taken on a leadership role and is extremely well-liked amongst his teammates, the organizations, and Adirondack fans.
"The last few years I led my team in points. I played a big role back home," Wolf said last month. "I didn’t know what kind of role I was going to have here. But I’ve tried to contribute and earn my role here. It’s getting better and better. I’m getting more ice time. You’ve got to prove that you can do it. That’s my focus, to play hard every night, game in and game out."
His hard work led to his first NHL call-up on Jan. 26 and his NHL debut on Jan. 31, when the Flames faced off against the Edmonton Oilers.
Wolf ended up with 7:27 of ice time and one shot on net before he left the game with a leg laceration in the third period. His determined play in his debut earned him the Flames fire helmet, given to the hardest working player after each win.
"To reach the NHL was always my dream growing up back home in Germany," Wolf said after the game. "It’s an unbelievable feeling to just be a part of it tonight and play the game. It was just unbelievable. I can’t even explain it.”