Kalamazoo, Mich. – The Kalamazoo Wings announced that defenseman Brett Ponich and forward Yannick Veilleux have been reassigend to the club by the NHL’s St. Louis Blues from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League.
At 6’7” and 220 pounds, Ponich adds size to the K-Wings blue line. A third-year pro, Ponich started the season in the AHL playing in four games with the Wolves. Last season, the native of Beaumont, Alberta split time with the AHL’s Peoria Rivermen and in the ECHL with both the Evansville IceMen and Alaska Aces. A second-round selection (48th overall) of St. Louis in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Ponich played five seasons of junior hockey in the Western Hockey League with the Portland Winter Hawks.
Veilleux, who is in his first full season of professional hockey, played in two games to start the season with the Wolves. After completing four seasons of junior hockey in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Veilleux received a taste of pro hockey by seeing action in eight games and earning three points (2g-1a) with the Rivermen. In his junior hockey career, Veilleux recorded 188 points (83g-105a) in 247 games and he helped his team earn a postseason berth in each of his four seasons.