February 12, 2013

Kalamazoo to Cease Operations

Back on February 2, 2013 the Kalamazoo Jr K-Wings announced that after the  conclusion of the 2012-2013 season they will cease operations as a team in the NAHL. This was only the K-Wings second season in the league.

Via Jrkwings.com:

Stadium Management Company (SMC), which owns the Wings Stadium Complex, Wings West and the Kalamazoo Wings announce that the Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings will cease operations following the conclusion of the 2012-13 North American Hockey League (NAHL) season. Tough economic conditions in this small marketplace, already home to both Western Michigan University Hockey and the Kalamazoo Wings made business success impossible to achieve.
Currently Kalamazoo is sitting last in the league in attendance. They held twenty home games thus far this season and have only had a total of 7,140 people walk through the gates. That averages to 357 people per game. Just to compare, Johnstown this season is 5th so far this season in average attendance and 4th in attendance total. (57,200 total, 2,383 average after 24 home games.)

You should note that two of those "home games" took place back in September during the NAHL showcase. In my opinion those two games shouldn't count for any of the teams but it does. The first game vs Brooking the attendance was 1,342.  The second game vs Kenai River was the same exact total which leads me to believe that the league counted how many people went to the whole showcase and gave that attendance to all the clubs.

The NAHL for the 2012-2013 season has 24 teams in it's league. With the Minnesota Magicians beginning play next year the same amount of teams will remain. (unless of course another team decides to close up shop.)

It will be interesting if any of the K-wing players will tryout with Johnstown next season. A few players that I would love to see in a Tomahawks' jersey would be Forward Luc Boby, Defensemen Brett Beauvais, Brendan Vetter, and both goalies Alex Okicki and Marcus Due-Boje. Most likely those players won't be on the team but a fan can dream.

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