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Kalamazoo Wings History

Kalamazoo Wings Hockey History

Kalamazoo Wings Hockey History Timeline

   October 1973

An IHL expansion franchise is awarded to Kalamazoo, MI and a group of investors headed by Ted and Martha Parfet.

Kalamazoo Wings Hockey History Timeline

   February 1974

Wings Event Center ground breaking ceremony is held, paving the way for the Inaugural Season of the Kalamazoo Wings. Construction of the arena is completed in less than 9 months.

Kalamazoo Wings Hockey History Timeline

   October 30, 1974

The Kalamazoo Wings play their first home game in front of 4,157 fans.

Kalamazoo Wings Hockey History Timeline

   March 17, 1982

A new Kalamazoo tradition is born when Wings dye the ice surface green for the first St. Patrick's Day Green Ice Game.

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   January 17, 1984

Wings Event Center and the Kalamazoo Wings host the IHL All-Star Game, pitting the IHL stars against the U.S. Olympic Team.

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   May 16, 1995

The Kalamazoo Wings franchise is renamed, becoming the Michigan K-Wings.

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    January 26, 1996

The three-millionth fan in Kalamazoo Wings history passes through the doors of the stadium.

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   April 17, 2000

The Dallas Stars end their affiliation agreement with the Kalamazoo Wings, resulting in the franchise's request for inactive status in the IHL.

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   July 27, 2000

The Madison Kodiaks franchise of the United Hockey League relocates to Kalamazoo. Ted Parfet grants the Kalamazoo Wings name and logo to the new franchise.

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   October 20, 2000

The Kalamazoo Wings play their first regular season UHL game at Wings Event Center.


 

Kalamazoo Wings Hockey History Timeline

   October 30, 2004

The Kalamazoo Wings play their first ever Orange Ice Game.

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    March 18, 2006

Molly McMaster becomes the first-ever female to play for the Kalamazoo Wings.

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    April 14, 2006

Kalamazoo Wings capture their first Central Division Championship and Tarry Cup.

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    May 27, 2006

Kalamazoo Wings capture their first Colonial Cup and the first championship of any kind in 26 years.

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   October 11, 2007

Kalamazoo Wings return to IHL.

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   June 9, 2009

Kalamazoo Wings join ECHL.

Kalamazoo Wings Hockey History Timeline

   March 17, 2010

Jeremy Duchesne becomes first player since 1999 to start with Kalamazoo Wings in the ECHL and play in the NHL in the same season with the Philadelphia Flyers.

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    May 10, 2011

Kalamazoo Wings win Eastern Conference Championship.

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   March 28, 2012

Kalamazoo Wings clinch their third straight North Division crown.

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   August 17, 2012

Consumers Credit Union becomes the first ever presenting sponsor of Slappy™.

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   September 18, 2012

The home of the Kalamazoo Wings, Wings Event Center, announce a $2 million renovation project, which includes the largest video board in minor league hockey.

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   Sept 16, 2013

Kalamazoo Wings unveil 40th Anniversary logo.

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   March 10, 2013

Nick Bootland becomes the winningest coach in Kalamazoo Wings history.

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   December 20, 2013

Kalamazoo Wings host first ever Blue Ice weekend, in honor of Bell's Brewery.

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   March 29, 2014

Kalamazoo Wings clinch their 4th North Division title.

Kalamazoo Wings Hockey History Timeline

   April 10, 2014

Sam Ftorek makes All-ECHL First Team and Elgin Reid makes All-ECHL Second Team.

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   December 15, 2014

Sam Ftorek plays in ECHL-record 790th career game, passing Cam Brown’s previous league record.

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   December 29, 2014

Kalamazoo defeats Toledo, 2-1, in the ECHL’s first-ever outdoor game at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio.

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   December 29, 2014

Joel Martin becomes the winningest goalie in the Kalamazoo Wings’ ECHL history.

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   June 18, 2015

Sam Ftorek is named assistant coach of the Wings after 17-year playing career.

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   February 27, 2016

Nick Bootland becomes first head coach in team history to reach 300 wins with the franchise.

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   April 2, 2016

Joel Martin moves into 5th all-time in ECHL history with his 156th career regular season win.

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   April 9, 2016

Joel Martin ends season with 188 career wins with the Wings (UHL, IHL, ECHL), eight shy of the team’s all-time record held by Georges Gagnon.

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   May 26, 2016

Kalamazoo becomes ECHL affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning, their 11th NHL affiliate in team history.

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