Kalamazoo, Mich. – The Kalamazoo Wings, proud member of the ECHL, announced the team has reached an agreement to be an affiliate of the National Hockey League’s New Jersey Devils and the American Hockey League’s Albany Devils for the upcoming 2011-2012 season.
Under the affiliation arrangement, during the 2011-12 season,New Jersey will assign players to Kalamazoo. The K-Wings will also have the ability to receive players from the Devils’ owned AHL club in Albany.
The affiliation with the Devils marks the second NHL club the K-Wings will be working with for the upcoming season. Last month, the K-Wings also signed an affiliation agreement with the Vancouver Canucks.
"We (K-Wings) are honored to be associated with two of the most prestigious organizations in the NHL," said K-Wings President Paul L. Pickard. “The Devils have created a culture of winning through their affiliations and we are delighted to be working with them to help develop their players.”
Over the past decade, New Jersey has been one of the NHL’s premiere teams winning five of the organization’s nine division crowns during that span.
Since moving to New Jersey from Colorado in 1982, the Devils have made it to the Stanley Cup finals on four occasions and have captured the top prize in hockey three times (1994-95, 1999-00 and 2002-03).
“The development of our players at every level has always been a top priority for our organization,” said Devils Senior Vice President Chris Lamoriello. “We look forward to working with the Kalamazoo Wings to help strengthen this process said.”