K-Wings retire jersey, honor alumni for 45th anniversary


    The Kalamazoo Wings celebrate 45 years of hockey in Kalamazoo in 2019.

    To commemorate their time in Southwest Michigan, the team will offer their fans double the value for their anniversary game.

    Saturday's game against the Toledo Walleye's will include an opening act: an alumni game featuring retired players. Tickets to the evening game include the alumni game.

    Before the main event, the K-Wings will retire their third jersey in franchise history, honoring goalie Georges Gagnon.

    Kalamazoo Wings home opener, team retiring jersey of local legend

    Game Information:

    • Doors open at 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 19
    • Alumni game starts at 5 p.m.
    • Jersey Retirement ceremony starts at 7:30 p.m.
    • K-Wings vs. Walleye's begins afterward

    Georges Gagnon Jersey Retirement

    Gagnon came to Kalamazoo from McGregor, ON, Canada. He played from 1979- 1987, helping the team win their second Turner Cup championship in his rookie season.

    The K-Wings decided to retire the #1 jersey for Georges Gagnon at their 45th Anniversary game Saturday, January 18, 2019. (WWMT)

    Gagnon met his wife in West Michigan, and they raised their three children in Portage. Gagnon said the cheering of Kalamazoo fans gave him chills on the ice, and he couldn't imagine a better place to have a career.

    "Just a very loving a warm community, and you couldn't ask for a better place to want to come in and play and have them, you know, chant your name," Gagnon said. "I'm still here. It will be 40 years next year that I've been in Kalamazoo. Couldn't think of a better place to have raised my kids."

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