K-Wings add to offense with Caria, Scheidl

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Kalamazoo Wings announced the team has signed forwards Matt Caria and Lane Scheidl for the 2014-15 season.

The K-Wings are the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets and Vancouver Canucks and the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons, Utica Comets and Chicago Wolves.

Recording 58 points (24g-34a) last season, Caria was the K-Wings’ leading scorer and earned a spot on the ECHL All-Rookie Team. Caria recorded a team-high four goals in six playoff contests. He joined the K-Wings after completing his collegiate career with Lakehead University. During his senior year, Caria scored 10 goals and dished out an outstanding 27 assists in just 25 games.

A NOJHL Rookie of the Year in 2004, Caria was drafted at the completion of that season by the St. Michael’s Majors in the Ontario Hockey League. After four seasons in the OHL, Caria received his first taste of professional hockey playing in 14 games in the ECHL with the Utah Grizzlies and the Florida Everblades. After those 14 games, Caria put his pro career on hold to go to school and play hockey at Lakehead University. In 2007, Caria participated in the Pittsburgh Penguins rookie camp, where he scored a goal in the camp’s championship game.

Scheidl enters his second full pro season after spending last season in the AHL with the Worcester Sharks and in the ECHL with the Ontario Reign. Scheidl posted five points (3g-2a) with the Regin, while tallying five points (2g-3a) in 23 contests for the Sharks.

The native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan played five seasons of junior hockey in the Western Hockey League, including the 2012-13 season where he led the Regina Pats with 80 points (41g-39a) and 16 power-play goals in 72 games. Scheidl concluded his junior career by being named the Pats’ Player of the Year and their Three Stars Award winner. In total Scheidl accumulated 186 points (88g-98a) in 277 career games in the WHL with Vancouver, Red Deer and Regina.