October 1, 2009 - ECHL (ECHL) - Kalamazoo Wings
Kalamazoo, MI- The Kalamazoo Wings, proud member of the ECHL and affiliate of Philadelphia Flyers and San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League, announce its roster for the 2009-2010 training camp, which commences tomorrow morning at 10 a.m.
The K-Wings begin camp with 31 players, with one player (David Sloane-Philadelphia) currently assigned from the organization\'s NHL affiliates, the Philadelphia Flyers and San Jose Sharks. In total, nearly half (15 players) of the K-Wings roster attended an AHL training camp.
Starting training camp, Kalamazoo will dress 16 forwards, 13 defenseman and two goaltenders.
Up front the K-Wings will possess a lot of experience. Forwards Bryan Marshall and Bryan Mcguirk spent a majority of last season in the American Hockey League. Marshall rang up 14 points (6 goals, 8 assists) in 50 games last year with the Lake Erie Monsters, while Mcguirk has played all 66 career games with the Syracuse Crunch and is currently still participating in the AHL camp of the Providence Bruins.
For the first-time in K-Wings history, brother will be coaching brother, as Nick Bootland\'s younger sibling Darryl Bootland comes to Kalamazoo after spending last season with Salzburg EC (Austria). A former draft selection of the Colorado Avalanche, Bootland has played 32 games in the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings and New York Islanders.
After spending the past four seasons in Europe, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native Tomas Sinisalo returns to North America to play for the K-Wings.
Adding to the K-Wings offensive arsenal will be Mathieu Curadeau. The talented forward split last season with the Fort Wayne Komets (IHL) and Norfolk Admirals (AHL).
Kalamazoo has also added youth to their training camp roster with the additions of Jordan Grant and Steve McClellen. Grant spent last season with University of Guelph, while McClellen did not play last year, but will also see time on the blue-line.
Earlier this off-season, the K-Wings already announce that forwards Rick Cleaver, Trent Daavettila, Andrew Fournier, Sam Ftorik, Brian Jurynec, Anton Kharin, Olivier Legault, Darryl Lloyd and Sean O\'Conner would be participating in training camp.
Inquiring some ECHL experience to their blue-line, the K-Wings have added Blake Friesen and Tom Morrow. Friesen played last season with the Idaho Steelheads. Morrow, who is the tallest K-Wing in camp at 6-7, spent last year with the Bakersfield Condors.
After spending the past four years in Hamilton, New York at Colgate University, David Sloane enters his first full pro season with the K-Wings. Sloane was acclimated to professional hockey by a playing a game with the Philadelphia Flyers (NHL) and Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL). Sloane is the first native of Philadelphia to suit up for the Flyers.
Rookies Nick Jones, Zack Shepley, and Mitch Versteeg will be entering their first professional training camp. Jones played last year at Babson College, Shepley was a member of the OHL\'s Brampton Battalion and Versteeg was in the WHL with the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
Earlier this summer, the K-Wings announced defensemen Devin Featherstone, Matt Krug, Jon Landry, Jeff Mason and Jeremy Swanson will be attending training camp.
Rounding out the training camp roster will be goaltender Julien Ellis. A former draft selection of the Vancouver Canucks, Ellis spent last season with the Victoria Salmon Kings (ECHL) and Manitoba Moose (AHL). Ellis joins Ryan Nie as the K-Wings other netminder in camp.
A complete training camp roster is listed below.
Training camp for the K-Wings will begin tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. Kalamazoo will be having a K-Wings Showcase this Saturday, October 3rd. The showcase, which is FREE to the public, will start at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.
Kalamazoo starts its 36-game regular season home schedule on Saturday, October 24th against Reading at 7:30 p.m. Customary for opening night, all fans will received a FREE magnetic schedule courtesy of Meijer. Also, fans will receive a FREE team poster courtesy of Fed-Ex Office and Men\'s Warehouse and Tux.
Tickets for all K-Wings home games range in price from $9.90-$14.90 for adults and only $6.90 for kids ages 12 and under. Fans can purchase individual game tickets at the Wings Stadium Ticket Office or at any Ticketmaster outlet. The price for all K-Wings premium night games (all colored ice and New Year\'s Eve game) will be increased by $1.
All tickets that are purchased for any K-Wings game (including the preseason) on game-day will be increased by $1 per ticket.
Ticket Office hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, call Wings Stadium Ticket Office during regular business hours at (269) 345-5101.
2009-2010 TRAINING ROSTER
(As of 10/02/09)
PLAYER POS HT WT L/R DOB BIRTHPLACE LAST TEAM
Bootland, Darryl RW 6-2 200 R 11/02/81 Schomberg, Ontario Salzburg EC (Aust)
Cleaver, Rick C/LW 6-0 185 L 08/10/83 Port McNeill, BC Kalamazoo Wings (IHL)
Curadeau, Mathieu C 6-1 185 L 01/23/85 Montreal, PQ Fort Wayne Komets (IHL)
Daavettila, Trent F 6-0 185 L 09/03/84 Howell, Michigan Kalamazoo Wings (IHL)
Ellis, Julien G 6-0 177 L 01/27/86 Sorel, PA Manitoba Moose (AHL)
Featherstone, Devin D 6-2 210 L 01/11/85 Calgary, Alberta Laredo Bucks (CHL)
Fournier, Andrew C 5-11 192 L 11/05/87 Amherstview, Ontario Dayton Bombers (ECHL)
Friesen, Blake D 6-2 190 R 06/04/85 Excelsior, MN Idaho Steelheads (ECHL)
Ftorek, Sam D/F 6-2 190 R 11/30/84 Wolfeboro, NH Amarillo Gorillas (CHL)
Johnson, Erik F 5-9 170 R 05/21/81 Coon Rapids, MN Wheeling Nailers (ECHL)
Jones, Nick D 6-2 215 L 12/08/84 Melrose, MA Babson College (NCAA)
Jurynec, Bryan LW 5-10 190 L 12/17/83 Orland Park, Illinois Kalamazoo Wings (IHL)
Grant, Jordan LW 6-4 214 L 12/16/86 Barrie, ON Univ. of Guelph (CIS)
Kharin, Anton LW 5-11 180 L 07/31/85 Moscow, Russia Muskegon Lumberjacks (IHL)
Krug, Matt D 6-0 215 R 07/07/85 Livonia, Michigan Robert Morris Univ. (NCAA)
Landry, Jon D 6-3 220 L 05/01/83 Montreal, Quebec Arizona Sundogs (CHL)
Legault, Olivier LW 6-5 238 L 10/02/86 Chibougamau, PQ Fort Wayne Komets (IHL)
Lloyd, Darryl C 5-10 195 L 02/10/84 Pickering, Ontario Victoria Salmon Kings
Marshall, Bryan F 6-0 170 L 01/20/83 Livonia, MI Lake Erie Monsters (AHL)
Mason, Jeff D 5-10 195 R 08/11/81 Easthampton, MA Gwinnett Gladiators (ECHL)
McClellen, Steve D/F 6-1 185 L 04/02/85 Boston, MA Did Not Play Last Season
McGinnis, Ryan D 6-2 206 L 03/03/87 Flint, Michigan Albany River Rats (AHL)
Mcguirk, Brian LW 5-11 190 L 07/11/85 Danvers, MA Syracuse Crunch (AHL)
Morrow, Tom D 6-7 220 L 10/21/83 Afton, Minnesota Bakersfield Condors (ECHL)
Nie, Ryan G 6-0 177 L 04/15/85 Nanticoke, Ontario Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL)
O\'Connor, Sean RW 5-11 180 R 01/31/87 Brownstown, MI Fort Wayne Komets (IHL)
Shepley, Zack D 6-3 195 L 08/28/87 Oakville, Ontario Brampton Battalion (OHL)
Sinisalo, Tomas F 5-11 180 L 01/15/86 Philadelphia, PA TPS Turku (FNL)
Sloane, David D 6-4 220 R 04/06/85 Ambler, PA Philadelphia Flyers (NHL)
Swanson, Jeremy D 6-0 208 L 06/21/84 Red Rock, Ontario Phoenix Road Runners
Versteeg, Mitch D 6-1 197 R 11/03/88 Lethbridge, AB Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)
President/Governor: Paul Pickard VP Hockey Operations: Dan Belisle
Vice President/General Manager: Wade Welsh Athletic Trainer: Elizabeth Hughes, ATC
Director of Hockey Operations/Head Coach: Nick Bootland Equipment Manager: Eric Bechtol