KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — The Kalamazoo Wings are launching a new colored ice game this season to welcome all fans to hockey.
The Rainbow Ice Game is scheduled for Jan. 7 at Wings Event Center when the K-Wings host the Toledo Walleye. That’s the annual Hockey is for Everyone game. The rainbow ice is meant to symbolize that inclusiveness.
“The Kalamazoo Wings are proud to be the first team ever in professional hockey to paint the ice the colors of the rainbow to shine a light on creating an environment of togetherness no matter the race, national origin, color, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation or socio-economic status,” K-Wings General Manager Toni Will said at a Tuesday press conference.
The K-Wings already have four other colored ice games: Green Ice for St. Patrick’s Day, Orange Ice for Halloween, Pink Ice for Breast Cancer Awareness and Lavender Ice for Hockey Fights Cancer.
Other new promotions this season include “Elf” night, referencing the Will Farrell movie; “Star Trek” night: and a 30th anniversary tribute to “Home Improvement” with celebrity guest Richard Karn. Fan favorite promotions Marvel night and “Star Wars” night will return, as well the fan-designed jersey contest.
The K-Wings are retiring two jersey numbers this season: No. 27 for Neil Meadmore, who played from 1979 and 1987 and No. 13 for Tyler Willis, who played from 2003 to 2010. The move will bring the total number of retired K-Wings jerseys to five over the last 47 years.
The regular season starts Oct. 23 at home versus Toledo. Bronson Hospital will support a Salute 2 Scrubs game honoring health care workers. Tickets are available online or at the Wings Event Center ticket office.
There will also be two preseason exhibition games versus the Walleye on Oct. 15 at Wings Event Center and Oct. 16 in Toledo. Tickets for the Kalamazoo game are $5, with season ticket holders getting in free.
Wings Event Center will have a clear bag policy this season. Masks will be highly recommended, but not required.