KALAMAZOO ADDS TRIO OF COLLEGIATE FORWARDS
September 18, 2018
For Immediate Release
Kalamazoo, MI-The Kalamazoo Wings, ECHL affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks, continued to round out the roster on Thursday afternoon, adding forwards Zach Diamantoni, Russell Jordan, and Chris Collins.
Diamantoni spent last season with Northern Michigan University (NCAA) where he was named captain during his senior season. The Belle Mead, NJ native finished his collegiate career having appeared in 150 games, netting 64 points (17g, 47a), including a career high 24 points in his senior season.
“Zach is another guy that brings great leadership qualities to the team,” said head coach Nick Bootland. “He’s a very mature kid and the cousin of former Wings standout Trent Daavetila. We’re looking forward to keeping that bloodline in Kalamazoo.”
Jordan also joins Kalamazoo from the college ranks where he spent three seasons with Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. The forward transferred to Hamline after beginning his college career at University of Wisconsin-River Falls. In 82 NCAA games, Jordan netted 33 goals and added 27 assists for a total of 60 points. Upon the conclusion of the college season Jordan made his professional debut, appearing in five games with the Fort Wayne Komets.
“When he got the opportunity last year he proved that his game translates to this level and he can be effective,” said Bootland. “He’s a physical, hard-nosed guy, but at the same time he has a good touch to make himself an offensive threat.”
Collins comes to the Wings from the University of Calgary (U-Sport). In five seasons with the Dinos, Collins averaged just under a point per game, picking up 131 points (57g, 74a) in 140 games. During his final season Collins led the Dinos in points (29).
“University of Calgary is a top program in U-Sport and we’re excited to get a strong offensive talent from there,” said Bootland. “He’s a 6’1 center who’s going to give us good depth up front.”
With the addition of Diamantoni, Jordan, and Collins the Wings roster currently sits at 18 players. Kalamazoo will open the preseason on October 5 at home against Toledo. Puck drop is set for 7:30 pm. Tickets for the game are available for only $5, with free parking.
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