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VIDEO: Former Detroit Red Wing headlines K-Wings kickoff luncheon


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) – The 40th season of professional hockey in Kalamazoo kicked off Wednesday with the K Wings press lunch at Old Burdick’s Wings West.

The K Wings finished the 2012 season four points out of playoff contention. Veterans and rookies alike have used the frustrations of missing the postseason as motivation for preparing for the 2013 season.

As part of the continued celebration of the K-Wings 40th season, there are several star studded appearances scheduled. Among the celebrities on the slate is former Red Wing Darren McCarty, who will appear at the K-Wings December 20th game against the Toledo Walleye. McCarty played most of his professional career in Detroit. As a result of the 2004-05 NHL lockout, he signed with the Calgary Flames for one season.

In December, 2007, McCarty signed with the Flint Generals of the IHL. In ten games with the Generals, McCarty had three goals, two assists, and thirty penalty minutes.

Kalamazoo’s 40th Anniversary season will commence on Saturday, October 19th at the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana against the Evansville IceMen.

The K-Wings will drop the puck for their home opener on Saturday, October 26th with a 7:30 p.m. face-off versus the Evansville IceMen during the 10th Annual Orange Ice Game. Fans are encouraged to dress in costumes for Halloween festivities including a chance to win $100 for both an adult and child in the K-Wings’ best costume contest.

For ticket information, visit the K Wings website