Kalamazoo Wings

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Kalamazoo Wings
2014–15 ECHL season
Kalamazoo Wings logo.svg
City Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States
League ECHL
Conference Eastern
Division North
Founded 1999 (In the UHL)
Home arena Wings Event Center
Colors

Red, white, blue

              
Owner(s) William D. Johnston
Head coach Nick Bootland
Media

ECHL.TV

Kalamazoo Gazette
Affiliates Vancouver Canucks (NHL) and Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL)
Utica Comets (AHL)
Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Springfield Falcons (AHL)
Franchise history
1999–2000 Madison Kodiaks (UHL)
2000–2009 Kalamazoo Wings (UHL/IHL)
2009–present Kalamazoo Wings (ECHL)
Championships
Regular season titles 1 UHL 2005–06
Division Championships 1 UHL 2005–06
4 ECHL 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2013-14
Conference Championships 2 UHL 2005–06, 2006-07
1 ECHL 2010–11
Colonial Cups 1 UHL 2005–06
Kelly Cups 0 ECHL

The Kalamazoo Wings, nicknamed the K-Wings, are a mid-level professional ice hockey team in Kalamazoo, Michigan. A member of the ECHL's Eastern Conference, North Division,[1] they play in the 5,113-seat Wings Event Center.

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[edit]

On road October 2012 vs. Toledo Walleye.

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 obtained the right to use the name and logo of an earlier team that had played in the original International Hockey League from 1973 through 2000.

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 ECHL accepted the K-Wings into their league. Since September 13, 2012, the Wings have an affiliation with the Canucks American Hockey League affiliate the Chicago Wolves.[2][3]

Season records[edit]

Season GP W L T/OTL Pts GF GA Pct Regular Season Finish Playoffs
United Hockey League
2000–01 74 37 31 6 80 220 220 .541 3rd Southwest, 9th of 15 Lost Play-in game vs. Muskegon Fury
2001–02 74 27 37 8 66 213 277 .446 6th Western, 11th of 14 Did not qualify
2002–03 76 29 39 8 66 210 282 .434 5th Western, 10th of 10 Did not qualify
2003–04 76 45 22 9 99 281 207 .651 4th Western, 4th of 12 Lost Quarterfinal series vs. Fort Wayne Komets, 2-3
2004–05 80 50 24 6 100 257 204 .663 2nd Central, 3rd of 14 Lost Semifinal series vs. Fort Wayne Komets, 3-4
2005–06 76 52 17 7 111 332 183 .730 1st Central, 1st of 14 Won Colonial Cup Final series vs. Danbury Trashers, 4-1
2006–07 76 47 23 6 100 251 191 .658 2nd Eastern, 4th of 10 Lost Colonial Cup Final series vs. Rockford IceHogs, 3-4
International Hockey League
2007–08 76 31 34 11 73 242 252 .480 5th of 6 IHL Did not qualify
2008–09 76 44 29 3 91 274 253 .599 4th of 6 IHL Lost Semifinal series vs. Fort Wayne Komets, 3-4
ECHL
2009–10 72 42 20 10 94 273 243 .653 1st North, 3rd of 20 Lost Quarterfinal series vs. Reading Royals, 2-3
2010–11 72 40 24 8 88 255 225 .611 1st North, 4th of 19 Lost Kelly Cup Final series vs. Alaska Aces, 1-4
2011–12 72 38 26 8 84 264 237 .583 1st North, 8th of 20 Lost Eastern Conference Final series vs. Florida Everblades, 1-4
2012–13 72 34 30 8 76 205 215 .528 3rd North, 14th of 23 Did not qualify
2013–14 72 42 22 8 92 224 197 .639 1st North, 4th of 21 Lost Quarterfinal series vs. Greenville Road Warriors, 2-4
2014–15 72 36 30 6 78 226 233 .542 3rd North, 16th of 28

Players[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated March 20, 2015.[4]
# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
1 United States Bartus, GarrettGarrett Bartus G L 25 2015 St. Charles, Illinois Wings
6 Canada Blain, JeremieJeremie Blain D R 23 2013 Longueuil, Quebec Wings
23 Sweden Blomstrand, LudwigLudwig Blomstrand LW L 22 2013 Uppsala, Sweden Canucks
20 Canada Bourbeau, JeanJean Bourbeau (C) RW R 31 2014 Bonnyville, Alberta Wings
84 Canada Caria, MattMatt Caria C L 26 2013 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Wings
7 Canada Fox, DaneDane Fox C R 21 2014 Thamesville, Ontario Canucks
8 United States Ftorek, SamSam Ftorek (A) RW R 40 2009 Phoenix, Arizona Wings
4 United States Kaunisto, StevenSteven Kaunisto D L 28 2015 Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan Wings
15 United States Kattelus, EricEric Kattelus (A) LW L 27 2011 Houghton, Michigan Wings
12 United States Kessel, WillWill Kessel F R 23 2015 Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Wings
17 United States Kovacs, JustinJustin Kovacs F L 23 2015 Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan Wings
2 Canada Lafranchise, KaneKane Lafranchise D L 26 2014 Edmonton, Alberta Comets
27 Canada Macleod, IsaacIsaac Macleod D L 23 2014 Nelson, British Columbia Wings
49 United States Martin, JoelJoel Martin G L 32 2012 Fort Worth, Texas Wings
25 Canada McCullough, ZachZach McCullough D L 27 2014 Barrie, Ontario Wings
19 United States Mele, SteveSteve Mele F R 25 2015 Bronx, New York Wings
16 Hungary Nagy, GergoGergo Nagy F L 25 2014 Dunaújváros, Hungary Wings
9 Canada Neal, MichaelMichael Neal F L 26 2015 Whitby, Ontario Wings
Canada Ponich, BrettBrett Ponich D L 24 2015 Edmonton, Alberta Falcons
21 Canada Scheidl, LaneLane Scheidl LW R 23 2014 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Wings
44 United States Sova, JoeJoe Sova D L 26 2013 Berwyn, Illinois Wings
93 Canada Taylor, JustinJustin Taylor C L 26 2013 Mindemoya, Ontario Wings
5 Russia Telyakov, IldarIldar Telyakov D L 24 2014 St. Petersburg, Russia Wings
18 Canada Valk, CurtisCurtis Valk C L 22 2014 Medicine Hat, Alberta Comets
14 Canada Wilson, BenBen Wilson D R 24 2013 Calgary, Alberta Wings

References[edit]

  1. ^ ""ECHL ANNOUNCES REVISIONS TO DIVISIONAL ALIGNMENT AND PLAYOFF FORMAT"". ECHL. October 9, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Wolves Enter Affiliation Agreement with Kalamazoo". Chicago Wolves. September 13, 2012. Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Wolves Extend Affiliation with Kalamazoo". Chicago Wolves. August 19, 2014. Retrieved October 16, 2014. 
  4. ^ ":: kwings.com: Roser ::". Retrieved 2015-03-15. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Kalamazoo Wings at Wikimedia Commons