K-Wings sign Martin and Matczak

Kalamazoo, Mich. – The
Kalamazoo Wings have re-signed goaltender Joel Martin and defenseman Mike Matczak for the 2013-14 season.

The K-Wings are the ECHL affiliate of the St. Louis Blues and Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League and the Chicago Wolves and Utica Comets of the American Hockey League.

Last season, Martin rewrote the team’s ECHL record book for lowest goals-against average (2.70), appearances (63), minutes (3,739), victories (31), save percentage (0.924) and saves (2,051). Not only did Martin patrol the K-Wings pipes for a league-high 63 games, from Nov. 23-Feb. 23, he protected the crease in 39 consecutive contests. Earning the Reebok Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week once (January 21st-Janaury 27th) last year, Martin was arguably one of the best goaltenders in the league while being the most tested. Martin had 11 games in which he made 40 or more saves. On four occasions last season, Martin turned aside 46 shots to tie his own K-Wings’ team record for most saves in a single-game.

Martin, who will be entering his 12th season of professional hockey, will be entering his fifth in Kalamazoo. In a career, that has highlights of earning the Central Hockey League Goaltender of the Year (2009-10) and being called-up to the NHL (New York Islanders), one of Martin’s biggest accomplishments occurred in a K-Wings uniform. During the 2005-06 season, Martin went 12-1 with a goals-against average of 1.84 and a save percentage of .934 en route to helping the K-Wings capture the United Hockey League’s Colonial Cup.

A third-year pro, Matczak has split each of the past three seasons in the American Hockey League and with the K-Wings. Last season, Matczak spent time with both the Manchester Monarchs and the Abbotsford Heat. In 23 games with the K-Wings, the native of Sewell, N.J. notched six points (1g-5a).

A four-year standout at Yale University, Matczak tallied 39 points (8g-31a) with the Bulldogs in 114 games and ranked in the top three amongst his team’s defensemen in three of his four years at Yale.