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Wings Re-Sign Sam Ftorek and Elgin Reid; Sign Justin Taylor

Thursday, Aug. 22nd, 2013

Kalamazoo, MI - The K-Wings have announced the signings of defensemen Sam Ftorek, Elgin Reid and forward Justin Taylor.

A 16-year veteran, Ftorek returns to Kalamazoo for his fifth season with the team. A leader on and off the ice, Ftorek has worn either the captainís ďCĒ or the alternate captainís ďAĒ in each of his seasons with the K-Wings.

With 37 points (9 goals, 28 assists) last year, Ftorek was the K-Wings most prolific scoring blue-liner.

Ftorek, who has played 266 of his 918 regular season games in a K-Wings uniform, is the teamís reining Pepsi Sportsmanship Award recipient.

A staple in the ECHL, Ftorek, who is the leagueís active leader in games played with 697, is tied for third with Wes Goldie for third place in all-time games played in the premier ďAAĒ hockey league.

Coming from an excellent pedigree, Ftorek is the son of Robbie Ftorek, who played eight seasons in the National Hockey League with the Detroit Red Wings (2), Quebec Nordiques (3) and New York Rangers (3). The elder Ftorek also possesses an impressive coaching resume with 22 years experience, 10 of which was in the NHL.

Besides signing last seasonís assistant captain, the K-Wings have added last yearís team-captain Elgin Reid. The defenseman returns to the team for his third season.

Despite missing time due to injury last season, Reid ranked second amongst all K-Wing defensemen in scoring with 33 points (10 goals, 23 assists).

While a majority of his career has been spent in the ECHL, Reid has also played in the AHL with the Albany River Rats and the Houston Aeros.

Before turning pro, Reid played five seasons of junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League.

Like the first two signings, Justin Taylor is no stranger to Kalamazoo. Taylor will be returning to the K-Wings for this fourth season.

Traded 11 games into the season last year by the K-Wings, Taylor kept up his impressive playoff streak. The four-year pro has reached the conference finals in all three of his previous professional seasons, including last year with the Idaho Steelheads.

The K-Wings will be looking for Taylor to return to his scoring form of a few years ago. After being named teamís Rookie of the Year three years ago, there was no sophomore jinx for Taylor, who produced 46 points (23 goals, 23 assists) in a team-high 70 games last season. A workhorse, Taylorís 23 goals were the second-most of any K-Wings player.

Before turning pro, the former sixth round selection (180th overall) of the Washington Capitals, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, was a member of the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League.

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