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K-Wings welcome three newcomers


Kalamazoo, Mich. — The Kalamazoo Wings announced the team has signed Blake Hietala, Adam Phillips and Charlie Vasaturo to contracts for the 2015-16 season.

Hietala, a 25-year-old rookie, joins Kalamazoo after dressing in two ECHL games with the Colorado Eagles last season. The 5-foot-10 forward joined Colorado last April at the conclusion of his collegiate career at Michigan Tech. Hietala was a three-time WCHA All-Academic team member in college, and helped lead Michigan Tech to the 2012 Great Lakes Invitational championship. Before joining the Huskies in 2011, Hietala spent a year with Bismarck (NAHL) and two seasons with the Melfort Mustangs (SJHL), where he averaged more than a point-per-game.

Phillips comes to Kalamazoo in his second season of professional hockey. As a member of the Stockton Thunder last year, Phillips appeared in 67 games, logging 27 points (9g-18a). The 25-year-old has shown the versatility and creativity to play both forward and defense throughout his career. A native of Farmington Hills, Mich., Phillips played high school hockey at Farmington Hills Harrison where he was an All-League selection with 56 points in 23 games during his senior season in 2008. He joined the Indiana Ice (USHL) in 2009 for one season before spending the next four at UMass-Amherst.

Vasaturo, 24, turns pro after a decorated, four-year career at Union College. A two-time ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team member, 2015 team captain and member of the 2014 National Championship team, Vasaturo garnered a reputation as one of the steadiest defensemen in college hockey during his tenure with the Dutchmen. The native of Sewell, N.J. spent two seasons with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks (BCHL) before arriving at Union in 2011.