K-Wings ink Kattelus, Isaacs

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Kalamazoo Wings added some offensive fire-power and depth to their blue-line with the signings of forward Eric Kattelus and defenseman James Isaacs.

Kattelus, a native of Traverse City, Mich. was one of the K-Wings alternate captains last year. Leading by example, Kattelus tied a K-Wings’ season high for points in a game with four (2g-2a) on Nov. 3 against Cincinnati and carried point streaks of three or more games on four different occasions. Kattelus, who was on a two-way AHL contract last season with the Chicago Wolves, has played the past three seasons in Kalamazoo. Last year, Kattelus posted 35 points (14g-21a) in 38 games with the K-Wings. Kattelus continued his scoring touch in the postseason averaging a point a night with three assists in three games.

Prior to turning pro, Kattelus was a four-year standout for Michigan Tech University and played two seasons of junior hockey. In 2005-06, Kattelus was named the NAHL Rookie of the Year, racking up 75 points (35g-40a) for the Bismarck Bobcats. A year later, Kattelus helped Indiana Ice advance to the semifinals of the USHL Clark Cup playoffs.

Isaacs joins the K-Wings after spending last season in Europe with the Dundee Stars of the EIHL, as well as the Idaho Steelheads and the Greenville Road Warriors. Entering his fourth season of professional hockey, Isaacs has spent time in the ECHL in two previous seasons. Starting his pro career in the SPHL with the Mississippi Surge during the 2011-12 campaign, Isaacs played a season and a half with the Surge before being called-up to the Steelheads. With Idaho Isaacs recorded 12 points (2g-10a) in 31 games and proved he was a stable defenseman by ending the season with a plus/minus rating of +15.

Before joining the pro ranks, Isaacs spent five seasons playing Junior hockey in Canada, primarily in the VIJHL with the Sooke Stingers, Westshore Stingers and the Campbell River Storm.