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Countdown to Face-Off: K-Wings vs Walleye Preseason

October 9, 2013 - ECHL (ECHL) Kalamazoo Wings

Tonight will be the first preseason test for both the Kalamazoo Wings and the Toledo Walleye. Last season, the K-Wings were 8-4-1-0 versus their division rivals. Later this week, the teams will square off again at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio to close out the preseason.

Kalamazoo finished last season in third place in the North Division and missed out of the Kelly Cup playoffs by only four points. Even without heading to the postseason, the K-Wings finished the season above .500 with a record of 34-30-4-4.

Finishing in second place in the North Division a season ago, the Walleye were the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. In the postseason, Toledo would fall in a six-game series (4 games to 2) to their in-state rivals, the Cincinnati Cyclones.

Team Leaders: Kalamazoo Wings Toledo Walleye

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All-Time/ Season Series

All-Time Preseason Series: K-Wings Trail All-Time Preseason Series: 2-3-1-0

All-Time Regular Season Series: K-Wings Lead All-Time Series: 25-10-4-2

Preseason Series: K-Wings Trail Preseason Series: 0-0-0-0

Last Meeting: First Meeting of the Season

Next Meeting: Saturday, October 12th @ Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio (Preseason)

A Perfect 10

The K-Wings enter training camp with a familiar feel. Kalamazoo has 10 players on their training camp roster that have played for the K-Wings in the past, including nine who wore the red, white and blue last season.

Maiani Released

Yesterday afternoon the K-Wings released forward Anthony Maiani from their training camp roster. With a week and a half until their season opener, Kalamazoo still has 24 players on their training camp roster.

New Affiliation

This season, the K-Wings will be partnered with two NHL teams, the Vancouver Canucks and St. Louis Blues. Kalamazoo also announced in the off-season a new AHL affiliation with the Utica Comets, while remaining with the Chicago Wolves.

Brotherly Love

While we have seen brother coaching brother (Nick and Darryl Bootland) in recent years, it has been awhile since players have been teammates in Kalamazoo. Forwards Ray and Kory Kaunisto are the first set of brothers to dress for the K-Wings since defensemen Adam and John Elzinga played together during the 2005-06 season.

Tickets! Get Your Tickets!!

Tickets for all K-Wings home games are now on sale. Catch all the action as your K-Wings play the very best the ECHL has to offer. Tickets are on sale now stopping by the Wings Stadium Ticket Office or at any Ticketmaster location.

Get On-Line

This season, the best way to keep track of the K-Wings is to log onto the team's website at www.kwings.com . The site has player profiles, video on your hometown team, and much, much more.

K-Wings Live

Join special guests Head Coach Nick Bootland and the "Voice of the K-Wings" Mike Modugno this Monday on "K-Wings Live". The show is on WZUU (92.5 FM) and online through www.kwings.com from 6-7 p.m. at Brewster's in Portage.

K-Wings on Radio

Catch all the K-Wings games, home and away, on the K-Wings Radio Network (92.5 FM WZUU & on kwings.com). Join the "Voice of the K-Wings" Mike Modugno for all 72 regular season games plus the playoffs. Pre-game coverage begins with the Kalsee Credit Union Pre-Game Show 20 minutes prior to face-off. For the most complete coverage of the K-Wings from the opening face-off to the final buzzer, keep your radio tuned this season to the K-Wings Radio Network.

Upcoming Games

Friday, October 11th Vs Fort Wayne 7:30 PM (Preseason in The Annex)

Saturday, October 12th @ Toledo 7:15 PM (Preseason)

Saturday, October 19th @ Evansville 7:15 PM (CDT) (Start of the Regular Season)

Saturday, October 26th Vs Evansville 7:30 PM (Home Opener & 10th Annual Orange Ice

Game, presented by Meijer, 92.5 WZUU and WWMT)

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