Kalamazoo Wings

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For the K-Wings franchise that played in the original IHL, see Kalamazoo Wings (1974–2000).
Kalamazoo Wings
2015–16 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 Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL)
Lake Erie Monsters (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 1974 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. 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.[2][3] 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.[4]

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.

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 Lost Division Semifinal series vs. Fort Wayne Komets, 1-4

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated August 24, 2015.[5]
# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
1 United States Bartus, GarrettGarrett Bartus G L 25 2015 St. Charles, Illinois Wings
20 Canada Bourbeau, JeanJean Bourbeau (C) RW R 31 2014 Bonnyville, Alberta Wings
United States Hietala, BlakeBlake Hietala RW R 25 2015 Houghton, Michigan 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 28 2011 Houghton, Michigan Wings
17 United States Kovacs, JustinJustin Kovacs F L 23 2015 Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan Wings
27 Canada Macleod, IsaacIsaac Macleod D L 23 2014 Nelson, British Columbia Wings
Canada Mallet, AlexAlex Mallet RW R 23 2015 Amqui, Quebec Wings
49 United States Martin, JoelJoel Martin G L 32 2012 Fort Worth, Texas Wings
19 United States Mele, SteveSteve Mele F R 26 2015 Bronx, New York Wings
9 Canada Neal, MichaelMichael Neal F L 26 2015 Whitby, Ontario Wings
United States Phillips, AdamAdam Phillips D R 25 2015 Farmington Hills, Michigan Wings
21 Canada Scheidl, LaneLane Scheidl LW R 23 2014 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Wings
44 United States Sova, JoeJoe Sova D L 27 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
United States Vasaturo, CharlieCharlie Vasaturo D R 24 2015 Sewell, New Jersey Wings
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. ^ "Kalamazoo renews affiliation with Vancouver and signs new agreement with Columbus". Kalamazoo Wings. August 20, 2014. Retrieved May 1, 2015. 
  5. ^ ":: kwings.com: Roser ::". Retrieved 2015-03-15. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Kalamazoo Wings at Wikimedia Commons