KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Kalamazoo Wings, ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets, announced the re-signing of defensemen Ryan Cook and Tyler Rockwell.
Cook enters his third professional season, after scoring nine points (2g-7a) and adding 32 penalty minutes in 55 games combined for Kalamazoo, Adirondack and Norfolk last season. Cook finished the season with Kalamazoo after being acquired from Adirondack on March 15.
The 27-year-old spent the 2020-21 season with the South Carolina Stingrays and Southern Professional Hockey League's Huntsville Havoc. The Lancaster, New York native and played his collegiate hockey with Merrimack College before transferring to Niagara University for his senior season.
Rockwell enters his second professional season, after recording 15 points (3g-12a) and 16 penalty minutes in 54 games for the K-Wings last season. The San Jose, California native took home the organization’s ‘Unsung Hero’ award in 2021-22 for his consistent play on the blue line night in and night out.
Prior to turning pro, Rockwell played four seasons collegiately at Michigan Tech University.