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Martin returns to K-Wings crease


Kalamazoo, Mich. — The Kalamazoo Wings have agreed to terms with goaltender Joel Martin for the 2015-16 season, the team announced.

Martin, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, enters his 13th full as a professional, and his seventh with Kalamazoo.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound goalie appeared in 58 games for the K-Wings last season posting a record of 30-20-5 with four shutouts, a 2.94 goals-against average and a save percentage of .908.

Martin’s career highlights include a Colonial Cup championship in 2005-06 with Kalamazoo in the United Hockey League, and being named the Central Hockey League’s Most Outstanding Goaltender in 2009-10 with the Odessa Jackalopes. Martin’s work ethic and durability have etched him into the ECHL record books, as his 3,739 minutes played in 2012-13 stand as the most in a single season in league history. He registered 2,051 saves in that same year, good enough for second most all time. Martin is 12th all-time in ECHL history with 122 career wins.