San Jose Sharks Vice President and Assistant General Manager Wayne Thomas announced today that the Sharks have signed an affiliation agreement with the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL for the 2009-10 season. The Worcester Sharks continue to serve as San Jose’s American Hockey League affiliate.
“The San Jose Sharks are pleased to add this quality organization as our development affiliate,” said Thomas “The Kalamazoo Wings have a long-standing tradition of excellence in its market on and off the ice.”
Kalamazoo also serves as an affiliate for the Philadelphia Flyers.
“We are excited and honored to be associated with two of the finest franchises in the NHL,” said Paul L. Pickard, president of the Kalamazoo Wings. “Both organizations share our core values and have our commitment for producing championship caliber teams. “
In their history, the K-Wings have been affiliated with the Detroit Red Wings (1974-1987), Philadelphia Flyers (1984-1987), Vancouver Canucks (1984-1987), Minnesota North Stars (1987-1993) and Dallas Stars (1993-2000).