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K-WINGS SIGN ALL-STAR & FORMER USA NATIONAL TEAM DEFENSEMAN JOE MASONIUS

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K-WINGS SIGN ALL-STAR & FORMER USA NATIONAL TEAM DEFENSEMAN JOE MASONIUS

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August 18, 2022

K-WINGS SIGN ALL-STAR & FORMER USA NATIONAL TEAM DEFENSEMAN JOE MASONIUS

Kalamazoo makes power move to bolster grit and blue line with Masonius signing.

KALAMAZOO, MI –  The Kalamazoo Wings, proud ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets, announced the free-agent signing of All-Star defenseman Joe Masonius on Thursday.

The 6-foot, 190-pound, blue liner comes to Kalamazoo, after playing last season in the New Jersey Devils (NHL) organization with their AHL (Utica) & ECHL (Adirondack) affiliates. Masonius finished the year on loan to the Fort Wayne Komets (ECHL). 

“Last season, Joe took a big step forward as an ECHL All-Star defenseman,” said Joel Martin, Kalamazoo Wings director of hockey operations and head coach. “He adds offensive ability to our back end, along with a tough and physical style of play that makes it hard on opposing teams.”

Masonius (ma-sone-us), 25, played in 62 games last season between the three franchises, scoring six goals, 22 assists and totaled a minus-6 rating with 159 penalty minutes. The 2022-23 season will be his fourth professional season. 

“My first time in Kalamazoo, I remember being really excited to witness this environment and hockey culture,” Masonius said. “I can tell it’s a great hometown community and that’s the type of people, and environment, I want to win for.”

The Pittsburgh Penguins 2016 sixth-round pick is also a product of the prestigious Team USA National Team Development Program. During his time with the USA National team, he won a World Under-17 Men's Gold Medal (2014), a World Under-18 Men's Gold Medal (2015), and took part in the 2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Dubuque, Iowa.

Kalamazoo is Masonius’ ninth stop (Adirondack/ECHL, Fort Wayne/ECHL, Greenville/ECHL, Macon/SPHL, Manchester/ECHL, Norfolk/ECHL, South Carolina/ECHL, Utica/ECHL). In 121 games as a pro, Masonius’ posted 9 goals, 31 assists and 293 penalty minutes with a minus-9 rating. 

Masonius is a Spring Lake, NJ native and played his collegiate hockey at the University of Connecticut, totaling 10 goals and 40 assists in 96 games.

Kalamazoo continues filing its roster leading up to training camp, which is scheduled to start October 7. The K-Wings open the 2022-23 season at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 22 versus the Indy Fuel at Wings Event Center. Get your Home Opener ticket package here.

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The Kalamazoo Wings are a professional hockey team located in southwest Michigan that has been a staple in the Kalamazoo, MI professional sports landscape since 1974. The K-Wings compete in the ECHL and are the AA affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets and American Hockey League’s Cleveland Monsters. Kalamazoo plays their 36 regular season home games at Wings Event Center from October through April.

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