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K-WINGS ROSTER GROWS BY FOUR

Kalamazoo Signs Forward Ryan Del Monte, Goaltender Jared DeMichiel and Defensemen Mike Matczak and Adam Ross
September 19, 2011 - Mike Modugno
Director of Public Relations and Broadcaster


Kalamazoo, MI- The Kalamazoo Wings, proud member of the ECHL, two-time defending North Division Champions and reigning Eastern Conference Champions and affiliate of the National Hockey League’s New York Islanders and American Hockey League’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers, announce the signings of forward Ryan Del Monte, goaltender Jared DeMichiel and defensemen Mike Matczak (matt-zack) and Adam Ross; per team policy, the terms of the contracts will be undisclosed.   

A third-year professional, Del Monte comes to Kalamazoo after spending a majority of last season in the AHL with the Rochester Americans and Worcester Sharks.  Del Monte also spent time the ECHL last season with the Cincinnati Cyclones and South Carolina Stingrays.

Coming on the scene two seasons ago, Del Monte was traded from the Johnstown Chiefs to the Cyclones, where he would help guide Cincinnati to the Kelly Cup Championship.

“Del Monte is a dynamic player who brings championship experience to our locker room,” said Nick Bootland, director of hockey operations and head coach. “He has played in the AHL last season and adds to an already strong stable of forwards.”

The native of Mississauga, Ontario spent his collegiate career at Brock University, where he average over a point-a-night for Badgers.

Del Monte has also played four seasons of Junior hockey, including two seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with the Sarnia Sting.

Adding some size between the pipes, the K-Wings have said goaltender Jared DeMichiel. Entering his second season as a pro, DeMichiel split last season with the South Carolina Stingrays and Elmira Jackals.

A four-year standout at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), DeMichiel helped the Tigers to a NCAA Frozen Four appearance in 2010.

“DeMichiel is a big goaltender that utilizes his size well,” said Bootland. “Jared had a solid rookie campaign and his brings NCAA championship experience.”

A native of Avon, Connecticut DeMichiel has already started the hockey season by participating in the Prospect Camp of the Boston Bruins and will be attending the training camp of the AHL’s Providence Bruins.

Adding to their blue line, the K-Wings have signed Mike Matczak. Entering his first full season as a professional, Matczak is coming to Kalamazoo after spending the past four seasons playing for Yale University.

Matczak recorded 39 points (8 goals, 31 assists) in 114 games with the Bulldogs and ranked in the top three amongst his team’s defensemen in three of his four years at Yale.

“Matczak is a steady defenseman that can also help us offensively,” said Bootland. “Mike had a great collegiate career and as a result got to play several games last year in the AHL.”

After completing his collegiate career, Matczak received his first taste of the pro ranks by playing four games late last year with the AHL’s Adirondack Phantoms.

 Staying with the defense, the K-Wings have also signed rookie Adam Ross. Missing only one game in his collegiate career, Ross was a four-year standout at Merrimack College, were he was the Warriors’ assistant captain as a junior and served as team captain last season.

“Ross gives us size at the backend and he does a great job clearing bodies,” said Bootland. “He comes from a great program (Merrimack) where he served as their captain.”

After his collegiate career concluded last season, Ross finished the year in the ECHL by playing two games with the Victoria Salmon Kings.

Before heading to college, Ross played three seasons of Junior hockey in the Atlantic Junior Hockey League with the Olds Grizzlys, including the 2006-07 campaign, where he helped the Grizzlys reach the South Division Semifinals.

The addition of Del Monte, DeMichiel, Matczak and Ross gives the K-Wings 14 players signed for the upcoming 2011-12 season, which will commence at home on Saturday, October 15th versus the Cincinnati Cyclones.

Signed for next season are forwards Darryl Bootland, Trent Daavettila (daav-UH-till-uh), Kory Karlander, Dean Strong, Brandon Svendsen (sa-FVEND-son), and Justin Taylor. Also signed are defensemen Joe Charlebois (SHAR-le-boy), Sam Ftorek (fah-TORE-ick), Elgin Reid and goaltender Riley Gill.

Season tickets for the upcoming 2011-2012 season are on sale at the Wings Stadium Ticket Office. Ticket Office hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information about tickets, give the Wings Stadium Ticket Office a call during regular business hours at (269) 345-5101.

For more information about the signing of Ryan Del Monte, Jared DeMichiel, Mike Matczak and Adam Ross please contact Mike Modugno, director of public relations and broadcaster at (269) 349-9772, extension 220.

 

The Ryan Del Monte File

Position: Forward                                                                                       Height: 6-0                                                    Weight: 190

DOB: 09/13/83                                                                                                         Shoots: Right                                              Birthplace: Mississauga, ONT

 

                                         --- Regular Season ---                ---- Playoffs ----

Season   Team                        League GP    G    A  Pts  PIM    GP   G   A Pts PIM

2000-01  Milton Merchants            OPJHL  10    1    4    5    6             --  --  --  --  --

2000-01  Thornhill Rattlers          OPJHL  10    2    7    9   26             --  --  --  --  --

2001-02  Sarnia Sting                OHL    67    6   11   17   62     5   1   0   1   2

2002-03  Sarnia Sting                OHL    64   10   15   25   42     6   0   1   1   2

2003-04  Georgetown Raiders          OPJHL  47   36   54   90   92             --  --  --  --  --

2004-05  Brock University            CIS    24    3   11   14   46             --  --  --  --  --

2005-06  Brock University            CIS    14    8   13   21   20             --  --  --  --  --

2006-07  Brock University            CIS    27   15   19   34   83             --  --  --  --  --

2007-08  Brock University            CIS    26   19   15   34   36             --  --  --  --  --

2008-09  Lake Erie Monsters          AHL     5    0    2    2    4    --  --  --  --  --

2009-10  Johnstown Chiefs            ECHL    9    1    3    4   32    --  --  --  --  --

2009-10  Cincinnati Cyclones         ECHL   46    9   17   26   42    21   3   1   4  41

2010-11  Cincinnati Cyclones         ECHL   11    2    6    8   21    --  --  --  --  --

2010-11  Rochester Americans         AHL    24    3    3    6   29    --  --  --  --  --

2010-11  Worcester Sharks            AHL    15    1    3    4   13    --  --  --  --  --

2010-11  South Carolina Stingrays    ECHL   17    2    5    7   12     4   1   3   4   2

Career Pro Totals                                                    127   18   37   55  153              25   4   4   8  43

Career College Totals                                  91   45   58  103  185                   --  --  --  --  --

Career Junior Totals                                          218   55   91  146  128                  11   1   1   2   4

 

The Jared DeMichiel File

Position: Goaltender                                                                                              Height: 6-1                                                    Weight: 180

DOB: 04/16/85                                                                                                                     Glove Hand: Right              Birthplace: Avon, CT

 

                                            --- Regular Season ---     

Season   Team                        League GP   Min   GA  SO   GAA   W   L   T   Svs    Pct

2006-07  R.I.T.                      AHA     2    68    8   0  7.03   0   1   0    28  0.778

2007-08  R.I.T.                      AHA     6   260   16   0  3.69   1   2   1   105  0.868

2008-09  R.I.T.                      AHA    20  1176   53   1  2.70  13   6   0   505  0.905

2009-10  R.I.T.                      AHA    38  2270   79   6  2.09  27  10   1   920  0.921

2010-11  South Carolina Stingrays    ECHL   26  1489   66   1  2.66  14  10   0   694  0.913

2010-11  Hershey Bears               AHL     5   246   15   0  3.65   2   1   0   103  0.873

2010-11  Elmira Jackals              ECHL    5   305   20   0  3.93   1   2   2   160  0.889

Career Pro Totals                                                            36  2040  101   1  2.97  17  13   2   957  0.904

Career College Totals                       66  3774  156   7 2.48   41  19   2  1558  0.965

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ---Playoffs---

Season   Team                        League    GP   Min   GA  SO   GAA    W   L  Svs     Pct   
2010-11  Elmira Jackals            ECHL     1    14    2   0   8.77    0   0   9        0.818

Career Pro Totals                                                                  1    14    2   0   8.77    0   0   9          0.818

The Mike Matczak File

Position: Defense                                                                           Height: 5-11                                                 Weight: 185

DOB: 04/06/88                                                                                             Shoots: Left                                                 Birthplace: Sewell, NJ

 

                                         --- Regular Season ---             ---- Playoffs ----

Season   Team                        League GP    G    A  Pts  PIM    GP   G   A Pts PIM

2007-08  Yale University           ECAC   28    2    7    9   10      --  --  --  --  --

2008-09  Yale University           ECAC   30    3    7   10   30      --  --  --  --  --

2009-10  Yale University           ECAC   20    1    5    6   16      --  --  --  --  --

2010-11  Yale University           ECAC   36    2   12   14   26      --  --  --  --  --

2010-11  Adirondack Phantoms       AHL     4    0    0    0    0      --  --  --  --  --

Career Pro Totals                                                   4        0    0    0    0                --  --  --  --  --  

Career College Totals                                       114    8   31   39   82             --  --  --  --  --

 

 

 

The Adam Ross File

Position: Defense                            Height: 6-4                         Weight: 210

DOB: 10/15/86                                  Shoots:                Left                       Birthplace: Red Deer, ALTA

 

                                            --- Regular Season ---    ---- Playoffs ----

Season   Team                        League GP    G    A  Pts  PIM    GP   G   A Pts PIM

2004-05  Olds Grizzlys               AJHL   55    8    7   15   56             --  --  --  --  --

2005-06  Olds Grizzlys               AJHL   57    5   15   20  126             --  --  --  --  --

2006-07  Olds Grizzlys               AJHL   57   15   25   40  182     9   3   2   5  23

2007-08  Merrimack College           H-Eas  32    0    4    4   48             --  --  --  --  --

2008-09  Merrimack College           H-Eas  33    3    3    6   54             --  --  --  --  --

2009-10  Merrimack College           H-Eas  37    2    8   10   30             --  --  --  --  --

2010-11  Merrimack College           H-Eas  37    2    8   10   77             --  --  --  --  --

2010-11  Victoria Salmon Kings       ECHL    2    0    0    0    0    --  --  --  --  --

Career Pro Totals                                                  2    0    0    0    0              --  --  --  --  --      

Career College Totals                                             129    7   23   30  209              --  --  --  --  --

Career Junior Totals                                169   28   47   65  364                9   3   2   5  23

 

 

 

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