K-Wings add experience with Archibald and Ponich

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Kalamazoo Wings announced the additions of Darren Archibald and Brett Ponich for the 2015-16 season.

Archibald is set to skate in his fifth season of professional hockey as he returns to the K-Wings for the first time since 2012-13. The native of Newmarket, Ontario has spent the last four seasons in the Vancouver Canucks’ organization. His career includes 67 games in the ECHL with Kalamazoo, 204 games in the AHL with Chicago and Utica, and 16 games in the NHL with the Canucks.

The 25-year-old was signed by the Canucks as an undrafted free agent in 2010 while playing with Niagara in the Ontario Hockey League. Archibald scored nearly a point-per-game during his time in the OHL from 2008-11 with 174 points (92g-82a) in 186 games with Niagara and Barrie, and made his pro debut with the Chicago Wolves in 2011. During his previous stint with Kalamazoo from 2011-13, he tallied 58 points (20g-38a) in 67 games.

Ponich also gears up for his fifth season of professional hockey in 2015. Having skated in 66 games over two seasons with the K-Wings from 2013-15, the defenseman is no stranger to Kalamazoo. A second-round selection (48th overall) of the St. Louis Blues in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Ponich has logged time with six different teams since 2011.

Before turning pro, the native of Beaumont, Alberta spent five seasons with the Portland Winterhawks in the Western Hockey League from 2006-11. His professional debut came in 2011 with the AHL’s Peoria Rivermen, and his five-year career has also seen ECHL stops in Evansville and Alaska as well as AHL time with Chicago and Sprigfield.