K-Wings receive pair from AHL clubs

Kalamazoo, Mich. – The Kalamazoo Wings announced that defenseman Kane Lafranchise and forward Nathan Longpre have been reassigned to the team by the American Hockey League’s Utica Comets and Chicago Wolves, respectively.

Lafranchise is no stranger to the ECHL as the defenseman has played part of four seasons with the Alaska Aces, including last season where he helped the Aces capture the Kelly Cup. Besides playing professional hockey in Alaska, Lafranchise also played collegiate hockey in Anchorage. Lafranchise spent three seasons with the University of Alaska-Anchorage, including 2009-10 when he led all Seawolves’ blue-liners with 15 points (3g-12a).

Longpre joins the K-Wings after being reassigned by the Chicago Wolves. A fourth-year pro, Longpre has spent three seasons with the Wolves organization tallying. A native of Peterborough, Ontario, Longpre has tallied 57 points (24g-33a) in 190 career AHL games with Chicago, Peoria, Springfield and Worcester. Before turning pro, Longpre played collegiate hockey at Robert Morris University. Longpre was a member of the CHA All-Rookie Team during his freshmen campaign, a CHA All-First team as a sophomore and a team captain during his final two seasons.