The Southwest Michigan High School Hockey League started in 1972 as club teams and skated at the open rink on Lake Street. Three years later, the league represented the varsity teams throughout Kalamazoo and the surrounding areas.
Games are held weekly on Wednesday and Saturday evenings starting the first week in December, lasting through the last week in February. An admission fee is charged by the high schools.
Wings West is now home to six area teams: Mattawan, Portage Central, Portage Northern, Kalamazoo Blades, Kalamazoo Eagles and Kalamazoo United (Loy Norrix, Kalamazoo Central and Hackett).