Kalamazoo, MI- The Kalamazoo Wings, proud member of the ECHL and affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers and San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League, announce they have agreed to terms with forward Tyler Willis. Per club policy, the terms of the contract will be undisclosed.
A 13-year pro, Willis’ return to Kalamazoo will be his seventh season with the K-Wings.
In his previous tours of duty with Kalamazoo, Willis has been a spark plug, for six straight seasons (2003-present), the fans have voted Willis the team’s WLKM Most Popular Player.
Willis started the season with the International Hockey League’s Flint Generals. A former 8th round draft pick of the Vancouver Canucks in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, Willis is familiar with the ECHL, as the native of Princeton, British Columbia has played five previous seasons in the league.
In his tenure with the K-Wings, Willis has played 326 games, recorded 225 points (67 goals, 168 assists) and amassed 1,391 minutes in penalties. Willis’ best season as a K-Wing was during the 2005-06 season, when he set personal career highs in goals (20), assists (45) and points (65).
Willis has had success at every level of professional hockey he has played, including the AHL. Willis’ best year in the AHL was back in the 1998-99 season when he tallied 18 points on 8 goals and 10 assists, accumulating 227 minutes in penalties.
Fans can see Willis tonight at K-Wings Live, as the forward will replace Trent Daavettila on the program. Daavettila is currently on loan to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins. Joining Willis will be defenseman Louis Liotti.
Back on the road this Wednesday, January 6th, the K-Wings will battle the Johnstown Chiefs at 7:05 p.m. at the Cambria County War Memorial.
Kalamazoo returns to Wings Stadium this Friday, January 8th for a 7:30 p.m. face-off versus the Charlotte Checkers on a Frugal Fan Friday, which features $1 beer and $1 hot dogs.
Single-game tickets for any of the K-Wings 36 regular season home games are currently on sale at the Wings Stadium Ticket Office. Ticket Office hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, call Wings Stadium Ticket Office during regular business hours at (269) 345-5101
For more information regarding the addition of Tyler Willis, please contact Mike Modugno, director of public relations and broadcaster at (269) 349-9772, extension 220.