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Hard-nosed defenseman Ben Wilson re-signs for fifth season with Wings

Published: 19 days ago


KALAMAZOO, MI—The Kalamazoo Wings, proud ECHL affiliates of the Vancouver Canucks, have re-signed veteran defenseman Ben Wilson to a standard professional contract, the team announced Friday.

Wilson, 26, skated in 64 games with the Wings during the 2016-17 season and was able to set ECHL-career highs in games played, goals (4), assists (13), and points (17). Last year’s campaign marked the fourth season Wilson had been a member of the Kalamazoo blue line.

A native of Calgary, Alberta, Wilson enters his seventh year of professional hockey in 2017-18 with 300 career games under his belt. Of those contests, 38 were played in the American Hockey League with the Lake Erie Monsters, and 61 were played in the Central Hockey League with the Denver Cutthroats and Allen Americans. The veteran defenseman has 201 ECHL games under his belt, all of which have been played in a K-Wings’ sweater.

Before turning pro in 2011, Wilson played his junior hockey with the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League. Wilson was a member of Calgary’s 2010 Western Hockey League championship team and helped his team reach the semi-finals of the Memorial Cup.

Wilson will start the 2017-18 season serving the remaining 15 games of a suspension stemming from game two of the Wings’ Central Division Semi-Finals series against the Toledo Walleye. He is able to make his season debut on December 1 against the Kansas City Mavericks.

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