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Kalamazoo Wings announce playoff roster as chase for Kelly Cup begins Friday

Published: 77 days ago

 

KALAMAZOO, MI— With the Kalamazoo Wings set to embark on their chase for the Kelly Cup, the team has announced its playoff roster.

Kalamazoo’s postseason roster is made up of 12 forwards, eight defensemen, and two goalies.

Forwards eligible to play for the Wings are: Peter Schneider, Tyler Heinonen, Tanner Sorenson, Cam Darcy, Scott Henegar, Kyle Blaney, Josh Pitt, Lane Scheidl, Tyler Biggs, Brian Hart, Anthony Camara (eligible), and Justin Taylor.

Defensemen eligible for the Wings are: Micheal Zipp, Kyle Bushee, Charlie Vasaturo, Sean O’Rourke, Ben Wilson, Eric Kattelus, Blake Kessel, and Michael Trebish.

Goaltenders eligible for the Wings are: Nick Riopel and Joel Martin.

Per the ECHL:

Playoff Rosters consist of a maximum of 23 Players – a 20-man active roster and a three-man reserve list. Upon submission of its Playoff Roster, each Member is required to include: 

1. a minimum of 19 active, available (i.e. not injured or on recall) Players; and

2. a list of all other Players who meet the Playoff Roster Eligibility requirements, but who are unavailable at the time that Playoff Rosters are due to the League Office due to recall to the AHL or NHL. The Playoff Eligible List may only list Players who are unavailable due to recall. All other players (i.e. injured Players) must be listed on a Member’s initial Playoff Roster (active roster or reserve list) in order to participate in the Playoffs. 

Throughout the Playoffs, but prior to the start of the Conference Finals, as the recalled Players listed on a Member’s Playoff Eligible List become available (due to assignment, release from PTO or their respective AHL teams’ seasons having ended), Members shall be permitted to supplement their initial Playoff Rosters with Players listed on their Playoff Eligible Lists, up to a maximum of 23 Players total. Once a Member has named a total of 23 Players to its Playoff Roster, or the Conference Finals have begun (whichever comes first), the Member’s PlayoffRoster shall be fixed for the duration of the Playoffs (barring emergency conditions). 

A Player who has finished the Regular Season on Injured Reserve may still be named to a Member’s 23-man Playoff Roster and will be eligible to participate in the Playoffs once his full IR time has been completed (provided all other playoff eligibility requirements have been satisfied). Once a Player has fully completed his remaining IR time, he may be activated and placed on the Member’s Active Roster. 

Emergency conditions shall be established when the playing strength of the Member, by reason of injury, illness, recall or suspension by the League, is reduced below two (2) goalkeepers and sixteen (16) skaters. However, should a Member release a Player(s) from its Playoff Roster, its emergency conditions will drop by the same number as the Players they release. Only amateur Players may be signed and added to the Active Roster under emergency conditions. 

Kalamazoo takes on the Toledo Walleye in the best-of-seven Central Division Semifinals, which kicks off on Friday at the Huntington Center in Toledo. It is the first time in the teams’ ECHL history that they will square off in a playoff series.

The entire schedule for the best-of-seven Division Semi-Final between the Wings and Walleye is as follows:

·         Friday, April 14 @ Toledo, 7:35 p.m.

·         Saturday, April 15 @ Toledo, 7:35 p.m.

·         Tuesday, April 18 @ Kalamazoo, 7 p.m.

·         Wednesday, April 19 @ Kalamazoo, 7 p.m.

·         Friday, April 21 @ Toledo, 7:35 p.m. (if necessary)

·         Sunday, April 23 @ Kalamazoo, 3 p.m. (if necessary)

·         Tuesday, April 25 @ Toledo, 7:35 p.m. (if necessary)

Tickets for the games at Wings Event Center are on sale now at the Wings Event Center box office or online at www.kwings.com. All tickets for the first round are $10, with the exception of the first row seats on the glass, which sell for $20 each.

Wings Event Center, owned and operated by Greenleaf Hospitality Group, is home to the minor league hockey team Kalamazoo Wings and a full entertainment venue offering concerts, sporting events, family shows and trade shows. Built in 1974, Wings Event Center values partnerships with the community to bring events and attractions that enrich the lives of residents in the Kalamazoo area.

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