KALAMAZOO -- Stadium Management Group and the Kalamazoo Wings appear to be on track to rebuild everything that made hockey, well hockey in Kalamazoo. Stadium Management Group and the Kalamazoo Wings announced this afternoon at a press conference at the newly named "Wings West" arena that they are re-forming the Kalamazoo Jr. Wings hockey club.
The Jr. Wings will compete in the North American Hockey Association or NAHA beginning in the 2011-2012 season. The NAHA features 27 teams from all over the continental United States and one team in British Columbia, Canada.
The Jr. K-Wings which will play their home games at Wings West in Kalamazoo become the 5th Michigan based team to compete currently in the NAHA. Joining the Michigan Warriors in Flint, Motor City Metal Jackets in Trenton, Port Huron Fighting Falcons and the Traverse City North Stars.
At the press conference Stadium Management President Paul Pickard unveiled the new Jr. K-Wings jerseys with K-Wings alumni trying the jerseys on to show off to the community.
Pickard said: "We want to create an atmosphere where a child could participate in KOHA, stay in Kalamazoo for junior hockey, play collegiate hockey at Western Michigan University and then become a K-Wing."
The Western Michigan Broncos portion of the comment was backed by the appearance of Broncos current Hockey coach Jeff Blashill who attended the press conference along with current Kalamazoo Wings Head Coach Nick Bootland.
Jr. K-Wings hockey players will be housed with host families during the season as some players will be coming from different states to play.