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K-WINGS INK FORWARD ERIK BRADFORD AHEAD OF 2023-24 SEASON

Wednesday, September 13th
K-WINGS INK FORWARD ERIK BRADFORD AHEAD OF 2023-24 SEASON

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September 13, 2023

K-WINGS INK FORWARD ERIK BRADFORD AHEAD OF 2023-24 SEASON

Kalamazoo welcomes back leadership and its 2021-22 team MVP in Bradford.

KALAMAZOO, MI – The Kalamazoo Wings, proud ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Vancouver Canucks, announced Wednesday that veteran forward Erik Bradford has been signed to a Standard Player Contract for the 2023-24 season.

Bradford, 28, is an Orangeville, ON native entering his ninth professional season. The forward’s 2021-22 performance with Kalamazoo (54 GP, 19g, 32a, 22 PIM, +9), earned him team MVP honors and a 2022-23 two-way contract with the Cleveland Monsters. Bradford went on to split time between Cleveland (38 GP, 2g, 2a) and Kalamazoo (8 GP, 1g, 6a, 1 GWG) last season.

“Erik Bradford brings leadership, talent and experience to our roster,” said Joel Martin, Kalamazoo Wings director of hockey operations and head coach. “He is relied upon in all situations.“

In Bradford’s career, the left-handed shooting centerman has amassed 336 points (107g, 229a) in 445 professional games and totaled more than 50 points in a season with three ECHL clubs (Utah, Brampton & Kalamazoo). Bradford has played for eleven different teams between the ECHL (Orlando, Toledo, Utah, Norfolk, Brampton, Jacksonville, Kalamazoo) and AHL (Toronto, Grand Rapids, Cleveland) since making his professional debut with Toronto in 2014-15.

“Playing for the K-Wings and representing the City of Kalamazoo, and our fans, is something I’ve never taken for granted,” Bradford said. “The support we get is unmatched, and I look forward to connecting with my teammates, building and forming new relationships as we navigate the challenges the season presents together. I do not doubt that we will put a product on the ice that you will all be proud of.”

The K-Wings continue rounding out their roster this summer ahead of Training Camp in October. Kalamazoo’s ‘Home Opener’ kicks off the 2023-24 regular season on Saturday, October 21 versus Toledo Walleye at 7:00 p.m. EST at Wings Event Center. 

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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 Vancouver Canucks and the American Hockey League’s Abbotsford Canucks. Kalamazoo plays their 36 regular season home games at Wings Event Center from October through April.

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