Wednesday, September 20, 2006

K-Wings continue to add offense

The Kalamazoo Wings announced the signing of forwards Shawn Snider and Scott Dobben today.

Snider is a second-year professional, who comes to Kalamazoo after spending his rookie campaign with the Phoenix Roadrunners of the ECHL. Last season in Phoenix, the native of Fergus, Ontario, tallied 26 points (12 goals, 14 assists) in 70 games and earned a spot in the ECHL All-Star Game.

“Shawn brings the ability the score and some grit up front,” said Wings' GM Paul Pickard. “He also has led two Ontario Hockey League teams in scoring and we expect him to reach that same level here.”

Snider’s abilities have earned him an invitation to the Worcester Sharks (AHL) training camp beginning next Monday.

Dobben (right), entering his third professional season, has spent a portion of his first two years in the American Hockey League.

Dobben played with both the Motor City Mechanics and the Missouri River Otters last year and was also called up to the Peoria Rivermen (AHL).

“In his two-year career he (Dobben) has proven he can play not only at this level, but at the next level,” said Pickard. “Scott has been productive everywhere he has played and we believe he will find continued success here in Kalamazoo.”

The native of Drayton, Ontario, was selected in the fourth round (113th overall) of the 2002 National Hockey League Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators.

Dobben began his pro career during the 2004-05 season in the ECHL with both the Fresno Falcons and the Johnstown Chiefs. However, Dobben would spend a majority of his rookie campaign in the AHL with the Cleveland Barons.

The addition of Snider and Dobben gives the K-Wings 13 players signed for their defense of the Colonial Cup.


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