Thursday, July 12, 2007

Elzinga to return to Kalamazoo blueline

The Kalamazoo Wings have announced the signing of defenseman Adam Elzinga; per team policy, the terms of the contract will be undisclosed.

After leading all K-Wing defensemen in goals (10) scored a season ago, Elzinga is set for his third season in Kalamazoo . An assistant captain last year, Elzinga lead by example setting personal career high in points (34), goals (10) and assists (24) and amassed a plus/minus rating of +14.

Elzinga was a pillar of consistence all season and his stellar play didn’t go unnoticed by the league or by the fans. During the season, Elzinga was selected by the league and media to represent the K-Wings during the 2007 UHL All-Star Classic. Not only did the fans recognize Elzinga’s accomplishments midseason by selecting him to the all-star starting lineup, but the K-Wing faithful also honored the native of Burbank, Ill., by bestowing upon him the team’s Fifth-Third Bank Defenseman of the Year.

“Over the past two seasons, Adam has established himself as one of our top defenseman,” said Kalamazoo general manager Wade Welsh. “We expect him to continue to be an anchor on our blue line and help us reach our ultimate goal of winning another championship for the city of Kalamazoo.”

Elzinga has helped the K-Wings reached league supremacy in the recent past. Forever being linked to Kalamazoo ’s last championship (2005-06), Elzinga recorded an assist on the K-Wings Game Five Colonial Cup clinching goal, which earned the franchise its first hockey title in 26 years.


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