K-Wings add experience with trio of signings


KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Kalamazoo Wings announced the additions of Justin Taylor, Jean Bourbeau and Ben Wilson for the 2014-15 season.

The K-Wings’ Most Popular Player recipient a season ago, Taylor will be returning to the K-Wings for his fifth season. Last year Taylor finished fourth on the team in scoring with 43 points (20g-23a) and was second in goals scored. In 2011, Taylor was named the Kalamazoo Wings Booster Club Appreciation Award recipient, which is bestowed on the K-Wings player who made the most community appearances. Before turning pro, the sixth-round selection (180th overall) of the Washington Capitals in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft was a member of the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League.

For the past three seasons Bourbeau a team captain for the Elmira Jackals. Entering his seventh season of professional hockey, Bourbeau has helped his team to a playoff in five of his previous seasons. Two seasons ago, Bourbeau established a new personal career-high with 38 points (20g-18a). Besides lacing up his skates for the Jackals, Bourbeau has played in the AHL with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Adirondack Phantoms and the Binghamton Senators. The native of Bonnyville, Alberta was also a member of the CHL’s Odessa Jackalopes. Bourbeau played junior hockey with the Grande Prairie Storm of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, winning the league championship in 2004. Following his time in Juniors, Bourbeau went on to play four seasons (2004-08) collegiately at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

A spark plug on the blue line, Wilson returns for his second season with the K-Wings. Playing the first years of his pro career as a forward Wilson made a seamless transition to defense. Missing most of the second half of the season due to injury, Wilson earned five points (2g-3a) and a plus/minus rating of +4 in 31 games. A native of Calgary, Alberta, Wilson spent the first two years of his career between the American Hockey League and the Central Hockey League. Wilson made his professional debut on Oct. 7, 2011, playing in the AHL with the Lake Erie Monsters where he registered a fighting major in a home game loss against the Abbotsford Heat. Besides the Monsters, Wilson played in the CHL with the Allen Americans. The following year Wilson traveled between the Monsters and Denver Cutthroats (CHL). Wilson played two seasons of major junior hockey in the Western Hockey League with the Calgary Hitmen, including the 2009-10 campaign, where he helped the Hitmen win the WHL championship.