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K-Wings Re-Sign Head Coach Nick Bootland

April 19, 2010 - ECHL (ECHL) - Kalamazoo Wings News Release


Kalamazoo, MI - The Kalamazoo Wings, proud member of the ECHL and affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League, announce the organization has re-signed director of hockey operations and head coach Nick Bootland. Per club policy, the terms of the contract will be undisclosed.

The announcement occurred tonight during the final K-Wings Live of the season at Old Burdick's Bar and Grill inside of the Holiday Inn West.

Completing his second season behind the K-Wings bench, Bootland has coached the team to a record of 86-49-8-5 in that time span.

"Over the past two seasons, he (Bootland) has made the seamless transition from player to coach that we (K-Wings) thought he would," said Paul L. Pickard, president of Wings Stadium and the Kalamazoo Wings. "Looking at his overall record, wining the division and the amount of call-ups we endured this season, Nick has the shown the knack of getting the most out of his players."

Under Bootland's tutelage, the K-Wings earned postseason berths the past two seasons. In their first season in the ECHL, Bootland guided the K-Wings to a record of 42-20-6-4 and in the process captured the North Division title. The record was also the third best overall regular season record in the league.

The K-Wings also had 28 players head to the American Hockey League, including Jeremy Duchesne, who he began the season in Kalamazoo and is now on the NHL playoff roster of the Flyers.

Before coaching, Bootland concluded his 10-year career playing the previous four seasons in Kalamazoo. The team captain for his final three seasons, Bootland wasn't only a vocal leader, but he led by example. By wearing the "C" for the three seasons, Bootland joined Ron Wilson, Scott Robinson and Derrick Smith as the only member of the K-Wings to earn the honor in three straight years.

Season tickets for the upcoming 2010-2011 season of K-Wings hockey are currently on sale at the Wings Stadium Ticket Office during their regular business hours of 9 a.m.-4 p.m. or by calling (269) 345-5101. Fans can save 15% on their season tickets by paying for their seats in full by October 15th.


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