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See also: Kalamazoo Wings (1974-2000)
Kalamazoo Wings
KalamazooWings
City: Kalamazoo, Michigan Flag of the United States
League: ECHL
Conference: American Conference
Division: North Division
Founded: 1974
Home Arena: Wings Stadium
Colors: Red, white, blue

              

Owner(s): Mr.William Johnston
General Manager: Wade Welsh
Head Coach: Nick Bootland
Affiliates: Philadelphia Flyers (NHL)
San Jose Sharks (NHL)
Adirondack Phantoms (AHL)
Worcester Sharks (AHL)
Franchise history
1974-2000: Kalamazoo Wings (IHL)
1999-2000: Madison Kodiaks (UHL)
2000-2009: Kalamazoo Wings (UHL/IHL)
2009 to Present: Kalamazoo Wings (ECHL)
Championships
Regular Season Titles: 3 (1979-80, 1980-81, 2005-06)
Division Championships: 6 (1979-80, 1980-81, 1990-91, 1993-94, 1998-99, 2005-06)
Conference Championships: 3 (1979-80, 1980-81, 2005-06)
Colonial Cups: 1 (2005-06)
Kelly Cups: None

The Kalamazoo Wings (usually shortened to K-Wings) are a professional hockey team in Kalamazoo, Michigan that began play in the 2000-2001 season after a relocation of the Madison Kodiaks (founded in the 1999-2000 season). They are a member of the ECHL's American Conference, North Division, and play in the 5,113 seat Wings Stadium. From 2000 until June 1, 2009, the team had been a member of the United Hockey League (which changed its name in 2007 to the International Hockey League), when the club informed the league of its plans to withdraw because of the league's continuing stability issues.

The current franchise was granted the right to use the name and logo of the previous Kalamazoo Wings, which was a member of the original International Hockey League from 1973 through 2000. The earlier team was known as the Michigan K-Wings from 1995 until its demise in 2000. The team changed its name to Michigan during the 1995 playoffs due to pressure from the league to market the franchise to a larger market. The combination of larger markets entering the league and stability led to the owners of the former Madison Kodiaks franchise of the United Hockey League to move to Kalamazoo.

Kalamazoo is home to the World Famous "Green Ice Game" (St. Patrick's Day.) It is one of the most celebrated games in all of minor league hockey and has been around since 1982. With the success of the Green Ice Game, the Wings have also created the Pink Ice Game (Valentine's Day), the Orange Ice Game (Halloween) and a new creation the Golden Ice Game.

On June 9, 2009, the ECHL accepted the Wings into the league. The ECHL markets itself as the Premire AA Hockey in North America. All of its 20 teams are affiliated with American Hockey League and National Hockey League teams.

ChampionshipsEdit

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

Retired numbersEdit

Team recordsEdit

Single seasonEdit

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

CareerEdit

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

StandingsEdit

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

Newer franchiseEdit

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
2015–16 72 38 28 6 82 233 230 .569 3rd North, 13th of 28 Lost Conference Quarterfinal series vs. South Carolina Stingrays, 1-4


(*) - From 1974-2000 competed in the International Hockey League. From 2000-2009 competed in the United Hockey League and International Hockey League

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