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K-Wings offer up stick taps - a traditional nod for good deeds - for essential workers

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K-Wings Director of Hockey Operations and head coach Nick Bootland and his family offer stick taps to essential workers, as part of a special video the organization produced and posted on social media. (WWMT/Kalamazoo Wings)

The Kalamazoo Wings saw this season come to an early end due to the coronavirus disease 2019.

The K-Wings weren’t in postseason position but were attempting to climb the standings before the announcements and state orders that halted all public gatherings. While many of the players returned to their hometowns, they took a moment to thank front-line workers.

Director of Hockey Operations and head coach Nick Bootland, along with various players, produced the videos thanking essential workers with a few words and stick taps. Stick taps, in the same line as clapping, symbolize good deeds. Players traditionally offer stick taps as a congratulatory gesture, a sign of respect or even encouragement.

(Video courtesy: Kalamazoo Wings)