Kalamazoo Wings

The Kalamazoo Wings, nicknamed the K-Wings, are a mid-level professional ice hockey team in Kalamazoo, Michigan. A member of the ECHL's Western Conference, Central Division,[1] they play in the 5,113-seat Wings Event Center. They are the affiliate of the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League and Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League.

Kalamazoo Wings
2019–20 ECHL season
CityKalamazoo, Michigan, United States
LeagueECHL
ConferenceWestern
DivisionCentral
Founded1999 (in the UHL)
Home arenaWings Event Center
ColorsRed, white, blue
              
Owner(s)William D. Johnston
Head coachNick Bootland
MediaWQLR
Kalamazoo Gazette
AffiliatesVancouver Canucks (NHL)
Utica Comets (AHL)
Franchise history
1999–2000Madison Kodiaks
2000–presentKalamazoo Wings
Championships
Regular season titles1 UHL 2005–06
Division Championships1 UHL 2005–06
4 ECHL 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2013–14
Conference Championships2 UHL 2005–06, 2006–07
1 ECHL 2010–11
Colonial Cups1 UHL 2005–06
Kelly Cups0 ECHL

Kalamazoo is home to the "Green Ice Game". Played since 1982 on St. Patrick's Day, it is one of the most celebrated games in minor league hockey. The team has sought to duplicate the game's success with the Pink Ice Game (Valentine's Day), the Orange Ice Game (Halloween) and a new creation, the Blue Ice Game (sponsored by Bell's Brewery).

History

The team began in the 1999–2000 season as the United Hockey League's Madison Kodiaks in Madison, Wisconsin. After one season in Madison, the franchise moved to Kalamazoo, where it renamed itself the Wings in honor of the original Wings that had played in the International Hockey League from 1974 through 2000. The new Wings obtained the right to use the old Wings' name and logo, as well as using the original team's history as its own.[2]

The K-Wings played in the UHL from October 2000 until June 1, 2009, when they withdrew because of concerns that the league, which had renamed itself the International Hockey League in 2007, might go bankrupt. Eight days later, the K-Wings joined the ECHL. From September 13, 2012 until the end of the 2014–15 season, the Wings had an affiliation with the American Hockey League's Chicago Wolves.[3][4] They were also affiliated with the National Hockey League's Columbus Blue Jackets and Vancouver Canucks as well as their AHL affiliates the Springfield Falcons and Utica Comets, respectively.[5]

Prior to the 2015–16 season, the ECHL required teams to only have one official NHL/AHL affiliate, leading to the K-Wings only keeping their Columbus affiliation and the Blue Jackets' new AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters. They ended their affiliation with the Blue Jackets after one season and affiliated with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Syracuse Crunch for the 2016–17 season.[2] They changed again for the 2017–18 season to the Canucks and Comets, their previous affiliates for several seasons.[6]

Season records

SeasonGPWLT/OTLPtsGFGAPctRegular Season FinishPlayoffs
United Hockey League
2000–01743731680220220.5413rd Southwest, 9th of 15Lost Play-in game vs. Muskegon Fury
2001–02742737866213277.4466th Western, 11th of 14Did not qualify
2002–03762939866210282.4345th Western, 10th of 10Did not qualify
2003–04764522999281207.6514th Western, 4th of 12Lost Quarterfinal series vs. Fort Wayne Komets, 2–3
2004–058050246100257204.6632nd Central, 3rd of 14Lost Semifinal series vs. Fort Wayne Komets, 3–4
2005–067652177111332183.7301st Central, 1st of 14Won Colonial Cup Final series vs. Danbury Trashers, 4–1
2006–077647236100251191.6582nd Eastern, 4th of 10Lost Colonial Cup Final series vs. Rockford IceHogs, 3–4
International Hockey League
2007–087631341173242252.4805th of 6 IHLDid not qualify
2008–09764429391274253.5994th of 6 IHLLost Semifinal series vs. Fort Wayne Komets, 3–4
ECHL
2009–107242201094273243.6531st North, 3rd of 20Lost Quarterfinal series vs. Reading Royals, 2–3
2010–11724024888255225.6111st North, 4th of 19Lost Kelly Cup Final series vs. Alaska Aces, 1–4
2011–12723826884264237.5831st North, 8th of 20Lost Eastern Conference Final series vs. Florida Everblades, 1–4
2012–13723430876205215.5283rd North, 14th of 23Did not qualify
2013–14724222892224197.6391st North, 4th of 21Lost Quarterfinal series vs. Greenville Road Warriors, 2–4
2014–15723630678226233.5423rd North, 16th of 28Lost Division Semifinal series vs. Fort Wayne Komets, 1–4
2015–16723828682233230.5693rd North, 13th of 28Lost Conference Quarterfinal series vs. South Carolina Stingrays, 1–4
2016–17723830480222237.5564th Central, 15th of 27Lost Division Semifinal series vs. Toledo Walleye, 3–4
2017–18723431775251251.5215th Central, 16th of 27Did not qualify
2018–19723631577229254.53514th Central, 15th of 27Lost Division Semifinal series vs. Cincinnati Cyclones, 2–4

Players

Current roster

Updated November 9, 2019.[7]

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# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
18 Kyle Blaney  F R 28 2016 Burlington, Ontario Wings
11 Adam Dauda F L 24 2019 Bratislava, Slovakia Wings
38 Cory Dunn D L 25 2019 Trenton, Michigan Wings
9 Zach Diamantoni F R 24 2018 Belle Mead, New Jersey Wings
8 Ian Edmondson D L 24 2019 Toronto, Ontario Wings
19 Zach Frye D L 25 2019 Spokane, Washington Comets
28 Tyler Ganly D R 24 2018 Mississauga, Ontario Wings
29 Jake Hildebrand G L 26 2018 Butler, Pennsylvania Wings
44 Matheson Iacopelli F L 25 2019 Brownstown, Michigan Wings
15 Eric Kattelus  D L 32 2011 Houghton, Michigan Wings
34 Jake Kielly G L 23 2019 Eden Prairie, Minnesota Canucks
20 Boston Leier (A) F L 26 2019 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Wings
7 David Pope F L 25 2019 Edmonton, Alberta Canucks
21 Zach Saar  F R 26 2018 Richland, Michigan Wings
10 Dylan Sadowy F R 23 2019 Woodbridge, Ontario Comets
38 Luke Sandler F L 26 2018 Chicago, Illinois Wings
13 Brennan Sanford F L 24 2019 Holt, Michigan Wings
4 Connor Schmidt D R 26 2019 Flat Rock, Michigan Wings
12 Aaron Thow D L 24 2019 East York, Ontario Comets
6 Matt VanVoorhis D L 26 2019 Edina, Minnesota Wings
67 Yannick Veilleux F L 26 2019 Saint-Hippolyte, Quebec Wings
14 Ben Wilson (C) D R 28 2013 Calgary, Alberta Wings

Retired numbers

Team records

Single season

Goals: 46 Nick Bootland (2007–08)
Assists: 70 Daniel Carriere (2005–06)
Points: 94 Kory Karlander (2007–08)
Penalty minutes: 344 Tyler Willis (2003–04)
GAA: 2.02 Ryan Nie (2006–07)
SV%: .929 Ryan Nie (2006–07)

Career

Career goals: 183 Kory Karlander (2004–13)
Career assists: 269 Kory Karlander (2004–13)
Career points: 452 Kory Karlander (2004–13)
Career penalty minutes: 1,463 Tyler Willis (2003–10)
Career goaltending wins: 152 Joel Martin (2004–15)
Career shutouts: 18 Joel Martin (2004–15)
Career games played: 468 Kory Karlander (2004–13)

References

  1. "ECHL Announces Revisions to Divisional Alignment and Playoff Format". ECHL. October 9, 2014.
  2. "K-Wings Strike Deal to Become Tampa Bay Lightning Affiliate". OurSports Central. May 25, 2016.
  3. "Wolves Enter Affiliation Agreement with Kalamazoo". Chicago Wolves. September 13, 2012. Retrieved September 13, 2012.
  4. "Wolves Extend Affiliation with Kalamazoo". Chicago Wolves. August 19, 2014. Retrieved October 16, 2014.
  5. "Kalamazoo renews affiliation with Vancouver and signs new agreement with Columbus". Kalamazoo Wings. August 20, 2014. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
  6. "Kalamazoo Wings enter affiliation agreement with Vancouver Canucks". MLive. July 12, 2017.
  7. ":: Kalamazoo Wings playing Roster". Kalamazoo Wings. Retrieved 2016-07-12.
  8. "WINGS TO RETIRE PAIR OF NUMBERS". Kalamazoo Wings. September 24, 2018. Retrieved January 22, 2019.

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