Wednesday, August 30, 2006

K-Wings ink Handrahan and Mars for '06-07

The Kalamazoo Wings have signed defenseman Casey Handrahan and forward Olof Mars.

The signing of Handrahan (pictured) gives the K-Wings six players returning from their championship season of a year ago. The third-year pro dressed in 24 regular-season games for Kalamazoo and all 13 of their playoff games.

Handrahan started his professional career in 2004-05 in the SPHL with the Macon Trax. Last season, Handrahan split the year between Kalamazoo and the Florida Seals (SPHL).

“Casey improved all season long and he stepped up his play in the playoffs,” said Kalamazoo GM Paul Pickard. “With already being familiar with our system, we expect him to continue to develop as a player.”

The native of Niagara Falls, Ontario played his college hockey across the border at Niagara University.

Mars, who is a native of Sweden, is the first overseas import for the K-Wings since the 2003-04 season.

Last season, Mars put up 36 points in 35 games for IF Troja Ljungby of Swedish Division 1 League.

“Olof is a power forward with a scoring touch,” said Pickard. “He has produced at the top levels in Swedish hockey and we are excited to see what he can accomplish in our league.”

Coming to Kalamazoo marks the second time Mars has played hockey in the United States. The forward played one season of juniors with the Billings Bulls (AWHL).

The addition of Handrahan and Mars gives the K-Wings nine players signed for their defense of the Colonial Cup.


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