Higby joins Kalamazoo for his first full season of professional hockey. At the conclusion of his four-year career at Northern Michigan University last year, the 26-year-old forward appeared in 18 games for the Alaska Aces, where he notched nine points (3g-6a). A native of New Braunfels, Texas, Higby played with Mahoning Valley and Topeka in the North American Hockey league before joining NMU in 2010. In his final season of juniors with Topeka, Higby scored 27 goals while adding 53 assists in 57 games, earning him NAHL MVP honors.
Pritz enters Kalamazoo’s training camp with a shot to crack his first pro roster. The defenseman spent the last five seasons with the University of Calgary in the Canada West Universities Athletic Association. A two-time CWUAA all-star, the 27-year-old racked up 21 points (7g-14a) in 21 games with the Dinos last season.
Shattock enters his sixth season of professional hockey. A fourth-round selection (108th overall) of the St. Louis Blues in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Shattock began his pro career in 2010 with the American Hockey League’s Peoria Rivermen. The 25-year-old has 62 points (20g-42a) in 258 career American Hockey League games with Peoria, Chicago and Worcester. A native of Vernon, British Columbia, Shattock won a Western Hockey League championship in 2010 with Calgary alongside current K-Wing Ben Wilson. Last season with the Stockton Thunder, Shattock led the team in assists (40) and points (63), while setting a career mark for penalty minutes with 101.