The Kalamazoo Wings, proud member of the ECHL, three-time defending North Division Champions and National Hockey League affiliate to the Vancouver Canucks and New Jersey Devils and the American Hockey League’s Albany Devils, announce its 72-game schedule for the upcoming 2012-2013 season.
The K-Wings regular season will run from October 12th-March 30th. All 23 of the member clubs in the ECHL will play 72 games (36 home and 36 away).
Kalamazoo will start the season at the Allen County Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana to the battle the Fort Wayne Komets. The encounter will be the first between the teams since the 2008-09 season in the old International Hockey League and will rekindle one of the greatest rivalries in minor league hockey.
A week later on Friday, October 19th, the K-Wings and Komets will reconvene, this time at Wings Stadium for Kalamazoo’s home opener, when the K-Wings raise their North Division Championship banner prior to face-off. Rivalry weekend will continue the following night on Saturday, October 20th, as the Toledo Walleye come to town.
Also in the month of October, the K-Wings will host the 9th Annual Orange Ice Game on Saturday, October 27th when the Evansville Icemen make their first-ever appearance at Wings Stadium. Fans are encouraged to dress in costumes and participate in Halloween festivities. The Orange Ice clash will be the first of five premium night games on the K-Wings’ schedule.
Other game highlights include the 11th Annual New Year’s Eve Bash versus the Cincinnati Cyclones. On Thursday, February 14th, the K-Wings will battle the Trenton Titans during the 13th Annual Pink Ice Game. The K-Wings will also host their 5th Annual McDonald’s Golden Ice Game, with the opponent and date to be announced at a later date.
One of the most historic traditions in hockey will continue on Sunday, March 17th, when the Greenville Road Warriors invade Wings Stadium for the 32nd Annual World Famous “Green Ice” Game.
For the first-time in the regular season, the K-Wings will host a regular season contest versus a member of the Western Conference, as the Bakersfield Condors come to town on Sunday, January 27th.
Kalamazoo will play the defending Kelly Cup Champions and the team that eliminated the K-Wings from the postseason, the Florida Everblades, two times during the season both at Wings Stadium on Saturday, December 15th and on Sunday, March 10th.
The K-Wings, who will not play the Everblades in the Sunshine State, will head to Florida for three games in mid-November to play one of the league’s newest teams, the Orlando Solar Bears. The games will be the only games between the teams this season.
This year, the K-Wings will be celebrating their 39th season of professional hockey and third in the ECHL, which features coast-to-coast hockey with 23 teams in 16 states. Kalamazoo will play 13 of the league’s 23 teams, including all 12 Eastern Conference teams.
The four teams the K-Wings battle the most this year are the Fort Wayne Komets (15 games; 9 home and 6 away), the Toledo Walleye (13 games; 7 home, 6 away), the Evansville Icemen (13 games; 7 home, 6 away) and the Cincinnati Cyclones (8 games; 3 home and 5 away).
A complete schedule of K-Wings games for the 2012-2013 season is attached to this press release.
Season tickets for the upcoming 2012-2013 season of K-Wings hockey are currently on sale at the K-Wings front office. Fans can purchase their tickets during regular business hours of Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. or by calling (269) 349-9772.
Submitted by Mike Modugno
Friday, October 12th @ Fort Wayne Komets
Saturday, October 13th @ Toledo Walleye
Friday, October 19th Vs Fort Wayne Komets (Home Opener)
Saturday, October 20th Vs Toledo Walleye
Friday, October 26th @ Evansville Icemen
Saturday, October 27th Vs Evansville Icemen (Orange Ice)
Wednesday, October 31st @ Cincinnati Cyclones
Friday, November 2nd Vs Cincinnati Cyclones
Saturday, November 3rd Vs Fort Wayne Komets
Wednesday, November 7th Vs South Carolina Stingrays (Education Day)
Friday, November 9th Vs South Carolina Stingrays
Saturday, November 10th Vs Fort Wayne Komets
Saturday, November 17th @ Orlando Solar Bears
Sunday, November 18th @ Orlando Solar Bears
Tuesday, November 20th @ Orlando Solar Bears
Thursday, November 22nd @ Fort Wayne Komets
Friday, November 23rd Vs Fort Wayne Komets
Sunday, November 25th Vs Toledo Walleye
Friday, November 30th @ Toledo Walleye
Saturday, December 1st @ Evansville Icemen
Friday, December 7th @ Cincinnati Cyclones
Saturday, December 8th Vs Toledo Walleye
Wednesday, December 12th @ Fort Wayne Komets
Friday, December 14th Vs Evansville Icemen
Saturday, December 15th Vs Florida Everblades
Sunday, December 16th @ Fort Wayne Komets
Friday, December 21st Vs Fort Wayne Komets
Saturday, December 22nd @ Evansville Icemen
Friday, December 28th Vs Fort Wayne Komets
Saturday, December 29th @ Toledo Walleye
Monday, December 31st Vs Cincinnati Cyclones (New Year’s Eve Bash)
Friday, January 4th Vs Toledo Walleye
Saturday, January 5th Vs Evansville Icemen
Sunday, January 6th @ Toledo Walleye
Wednesday, January 9th Vs Reading Royals
Saturday, January 12th @ Gwinnett Gladiators
Sunday, January 13th @ Gwinnett Gladiators
Wednesday, January 16th Vs Elmira Jackals
Friday, January 18th @ Evansville Icemen
January 2013 (Continued)
Saturday, January 19th Vs Fort Wayne Komets
Friday, January 25th @ Toledo Walleye
Saturday, January 26th @ Cincinnati Cyclones
Sunday, January 27th Vs Bakersfield Condors
Wednesday, January 30th Vs Fort Wayne Komets
Friday, February 1st @ Fort Wayne Komets
Saturday, February 2nd Vs Wheeling Nailers
Wednesday, February 6th Vs Evansville Icemen
Friday, February 8th @ Elmira Jackals
Saturday, February 9th @ Trenton Titans
Sunday, February 10th @ Reading Royals
Thursday, February 14th Vs Trenton Titans (Pink Ice)
Friday, February 15th Vs Toledo Walleye
Saturday, February 16th @ Toledo Walleye
Monday, February 18th @ Cincinnati Cyclones (Road Education Day)
Thursday, February 21st @ Reading Royals
Saturday, February 23rd @ Elmira Jackals
Sunday, February 24th @ Elmira Jackals
Friday, March 1st Vs Cincinnati Cyclones
Saturday, March 2nd @ Cincinnati Cyclones
Sunday, March 3rd @ Wheeling Nailers
Friday, March 8th Vs Evansville Icemen
Saturday, March 9th Vs Toledo Walleye
Sunday, March 10th Vs Florida Everblades
Friday, March 15th Vs Fort Wayne Komets
Saturday, March 16th @ Evansville Icemen
Sunday, March 17th Vs Greenville Road Warriors (Green Ice)
Wednesday, March 20th @ Wheeling Nailers
Friday, March 22nd Vs Toledo Walleye
Saturday, March 23rd @ Evansville Icemen
Sunday, March 24th Vs Evansville Icemen
Wednesday, March 27th Vs Evansville Icemen
Saturday, March 30th @ Fort Wayne Komets
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