K-Wings’ Mason Leads By Example

By Mark C. McGlothlen
Special To WLKM.com

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – It was just one of those things according to Kalamazoo Wings defenseman Jeff Mason.

After spending two seasons with the Gwinnett Gladiators, Mason’s time in Georgia was coming to an end.

“Gwinnett was getting another affiliate and they were going to have an excess of players,” Mason said. “They told me they were going to move me, so I spoke to Nick Bootland and it (Kalamazoo) seemed like a good place to be.”

Mason was dealt to the K-Wings and while the trade did not come as a surprise to Mason, the fact that so many people have made a fuss over the K-Wings playing their first season in the ECHL has, much to his chagrin. With one media outlet picking the “expansion” K-Wings to finish last in the league, Mason feels that too much emphasis has been placed on the K-Wings debut in the ECHL.

“To me it doesn’t make a difference that it is the team’s first year in the ECHL,” Mason said. “There are a lot of guys in that locker room that have played in this league before.”

And don’t forget, the K-Wings have been playing hockey in the same building for the past 36 seasons.

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