K-Wings sign Sova, Kaunisto and Brittain

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Kalamazoo Wings announced the signing of defenseman Joe Sova along with forwards Ray Kaunisto and Josh Brittain.

The K-Wings are the ECHL affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League and the Springfield Falcons, Utica Comets and Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League.

A mobile defenseman with plenty of size, Sova returns for his third season with the K-Wings. Sova split last season between the K-Wings and the Toledo Walleye, recording 18 points (6g-12a) in 55 combined games. The 26-year-old has 31 points (8g-23a) in 120 career ECHL games with Kalamazoo, Toeldo, Reading and San Francisco.

A five-year pro, Kaunisto returns for his second season in Kalamazoo. Last season, he earned AHL recalls to Lake Erie, Syracuse and Utica, and over the past four seasons, Kaunisto has played 159 out of his 224 games in the AHL. A native of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Kaunisto stayed close to home for college playing four seasons at Northern Michigan University. Following his senior season, Kaunisto signed an entry-level deal with the Los Angeles Kings.

Brittain, who is entering his fifth season as a professional, was selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the third round (71st overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Last season, Brittain posted four points (3g-1a) in 20 games with Hershey of the American Hockey League while adding 26 points (14g-12a) in 36 ECHL games with Reading. Prior to turning pro, Brittain played four years of junior hockey with the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs, Barrie Colts and Plymouth Whalers, racking up 152 points (80g-72as) in 258 games. A former OHL All-Star, Brittain also captured a gold medal for Team Canada at the 2008 Under-18 World Championship.