Kalamazoo Wings

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Kalamazoo Wings
2014–15 ECHL season
Kalamazoo Wings logo.svg
City Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States
League ECHL
Conference Western Conference
Division Midwest Division
Founded 1999 (current franchise)
Home arena Wings Stadium
Colors

Red, white, blue

              
Owner(s) William D. Johnston
General manager Jim Burlew
Head coach Nick Bootland
Media

WZUU (92.5 FM)

Kalamazoo Gazette
Affiliates Vancouver Canucks (NHL)
Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL)
Utica Comets (AHL)
Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Springfield Falcons (AHL)
Franchise history
1974–1995 Kalamazoo Wings (IHL)
1995–2000 Michigan K-Wings (IHL)
1999–2000 Madison Kodiaks (UHL)
2000–2009 Kalamazoo Wings (UHL/IHL)
2009–present Kalamazoo Wings (ECHL)
Championships
Regular season titles 2 IHL 1979–80, 1980–81
1 UHL 2005–06
Division Championships 4 IHL 1979–80, 1980–81, 1990–91, 1993–94, 1998–99
1 UHL 2005–06
3 ECHL 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12
Conference Championships 2 IHL 1979–80, 1980–81
1 UHL 2005–06
1 ECHL 2010–11
Turner Cups 2 IHL 1978–79, 1979–80
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 Western Conference, Midwest Division,[1] they play in the 5,113-seat Wings Stadium.

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.

That team, which had named itself for its affiliation with the NHL Detroit Red Wings, changed its name during the 1995 playoffs to the Michigan K-Wings because the league wanted to raise its franchises' appeal to larger market. The team's owner, the late R.T. Parfet, was the only small-market owner to oblige, but later concerns about larger-market teams entering the league, and the league's stability led to the Wings owners requesting inactive status and dissolving the team.[2]

The new 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. On September 13, 2012, the Wings announced a one-year ECHL affiliation agreement with the Canucks American Hockey League affiliate the Chicago Wolves.[3]

Championships[edit]

Year League Trophy
1978–1979 International Hockey League Turner Cup
1979–1980 International Hockey League Turner Cup
2005–2006 United Hockey League Colonial Cup

Players[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated August 21, 2014.[4]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
Canada Bourbeau, JeanJean Bourbeau RW R 30 2014 Bonnyville, Alberta Wings
4 Canada Caria, MattMatt Caria C L 26 2013 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Wings
8 United States Ftorek, SamSam Ftorek (A) RW R 39 2009 Phoenix, Arizona Wings
Canada Isaacs, JamesJames Isaacs D R 24 2014 Victoria, British Columbia Wings
15 United States Kattelus, EricEric Kattelus (A) LW L 27 2011 Houghton, Michigan Wings
49 United States Martin, JoelJoel Martin G L 31 2012 Fort Worth, Texas Wings
Canada Scheidl, LaneLane Scheidl LW L 22 2014 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Wings
93 Canada Taylor, JustinJustin Taylor C L 25 2013 Mindemoya, Ontario Wings
14 Canada Wilson, BenBen Wilson D R 23 2013 Calgary, Alberta Wings

Team records[edit]

Kalamazoo Wings playing against the Chicago Express in 2011

Single season[edit]

Goals: 66 Canada Dave Michayluk (1984–85)
Assists: 113 Canada Rob Brown (1993–94)
Points: 155 Canada Rob Brown (1993–94)
Penalty minutes: 648 Canada Kevin Evans (1986–87)
GAA: 2.02 Canada Ryan Nie (2006–07)
SV%: .929 Canada Ryan Nie (2006–07)

Career[edit]

Career goals: 239 Canada Mike Wanchuk and Canada Kevin Schamehorn
Career assists: 308 Canada Brent Jarrett
Career points: 475 Canada Kevin Schamehorn
Career penalty minutes: 2,776 Canada Kevin Evans
Career goaltending wins: 196 Canada Georges Gagnon
Career shutouts: 13 Canada Manny Fernandez
Career games: 392 Canada Georges Gagnon

Standings[edit]

Year GP W L T/OTL PTS GF GA Pct Standings
1974–1975 75 17 53 5 39 203 318 .260 10 of 11
1975–1976 78 27 41 10 6 273 318 .410 8 of 9
1976–1977 78 38 27 13 89 325 290 .571 2 of 9
1977–1978 80 35 31 14 84 315 288 .525 4 of 9
1978–1979 80 40 28 12 92 368 327 .575 4 of 9
1979–1980 80 45 26 9 99 366 274 .619 1 of 10
1980–1981 82 52 20 10 114 369 244 .704 1 of 8
1981–1982 82 41 36 5 89 355 333 .543 3 of 7
1982–1983 82 32 44 6 76 311 341 .463 5 of 8
1983–1984 82 37 38 7 83 333 316 .506 5 of 7
1984–1985 82 40 35 7 89 323 297 .543 5 of 9
1985–1986 82 47 35 0 100 345 314 .610 4 of 10
1986–1987 82 36 46 0 80 331 353 .479 8 of 9
1987–1988 82 37 33 12 86 328 360 .524 7 of 9
1988–1989 82 39 36 7 85 345 350 .518 6 of 10
1989–1990 82 53 23 6 112 389 311 .682 3 of 9
1990–1991 82 52 29 1 105 354 302 .640 2 of 11
1991–1992 82 37 35 10 84 292 312 .512 7 of 10
1992–1993 82 29 42 11 69 291 367 .421 10 of 12
1993–1994 81 48 26 7 103 337 297 .636 5 of 13
1994–1995 81 43 24 14 100 288 249 .617 5 of 17
1995–1996 82 40 24 18 98 290 272 .598 7 of 19
1996–1997 82 31 44 7 69 208 272 .421 17 of 19
1997–1998 82 39 36 7 79 223 261 .518 15 of 18
1998–1999 82 35 34 13 83 232 253 .506 11 of 16
1999–2000 82 33 37 12 78 178 223 .476 12 of 13
1999–2000 74 35 33 6 76 254 376 .514 8 of 14
**2000–2001 74 37 31 6 80 220 220 .541 9 of 15
2001–2002 74 27 37 8 66 213 277 .446 11 of 14
2002–2003 76 29 39 8 66 210 282 .434 10 of 10
2003–2004 76 45 22 9 99 281 207 .651 4 of 12
2004–2005 80 50 24 6 100 257 204 .663 3 of 14
2005–2006 76 52 17 7 111 332 183 .730 1 of 14
2006–2007 76 47 23 6 100 251 191 .658 4 of 10
2007–2008 76 31 34 11 73 242 252 .480 5 of 6
2008–2009 76 44 29 3 91 274 253 .599 4 of 6
**2009–2010 72 42 20 10 94 273 243 .653 3 of 20
2010–2011 72 40 24 8 88 255 225 .611 4 of 19
2011–2012 72 38 26 8 84 264 237 .583 8 of 20
2012–2013 72 34 30 8 76 205 215 .528 14 of 23
2013-2014 72 42 22 8 92 224 197 .639 4 of 21

(**) – From 1974 to 2000 competed in the International Hockey League. From 2000 to 2009 competed in the United Hockey League and International Hockey League. From 2009 to present, competes in the ECHL

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Annual ECHL Board of Governors Meeting concludes", ECHL, June 24, 2014. (accessed 24 June 2014)
  2. ^ http://www.wingsstadium.com/history.htm
  3. ^ "Wolves Enter Affiliation Agreement with Kalamazoo". Chicago Wolves. September 13, 2012. Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
  4. ^ ":: Wings Stadium - Home of Kalamazoo Wings Hockey ::". Retrieved 2011-02-10. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Kalamazoo Wings at Wikimedia Commons