K-Wings re-sign Kaunisto, Wilson


Kalamazoo, Mich.— The Kalamazoo Wings announced the signings of defensemen Steven Kaunisto and Ben Wilson for the 2015-16 season.

Kaunisto returns to Kalamazoo after appearing in 12 contests with the K-Wings last year. After beginning the 2014-15 season with the Rapid City Rush, Kaunisto was traded to the Florida Everblades on Feb. 12. After skating in just two games with Florida, Kaunisto was traded to Kalamazoo, where he completed the season. In his 12 games with the K-Wings, he registered four points (1g-3a) and was a +3.

A native of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Kaunisto has played 284 career pro games, with stops in the ECHL, Central Hockey League and Southern Professional Hockey League. Before turning pro, Kaunisto played for the Soo Indians (NAHL), Cedar Rapids Roughriders (USHL), and Lake Superior State University (CCHA).

Wilson gears up for his fifth season of professional hockey and his third with the K-Wings. The gritty defenseman appeared in 52 games last year for Kalamazoo and registered five points (1g-4a) and 117 penalty minutes.

The Woodstock, Ontario native played with the Olds Grizzlys (AJHL) and Calgary Hitmen (WHL) before turning pro in 2011 with the Lake Erie Monsters (AHL). Wilson has played 38 career AHL games, 51 career CHL games, and 83 career ECHL games during first four years of professional hockey.