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Komets player capsules

Kevin Bertram

Position: Defenseman

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 240 pounds

Age: 32

Shoots: Left

Notes: The native of Nanaimo, British Columbia, splits time between the Komets and the Fort Wayne Fire Department. He is a physical, stay-at-home defenseman, who tallied 131 penalty minutes in 59 games last season. He won the Komets? Defenseman of the Year trophy in 2002.

Nick Boucher

Position: Goaltender

Height: 5-foot-11

Weight: 175 pounds

Age: 28

Catches: Left

Notes: The IHL?s MVP runner-up last season, he was 32-14-7 with a 2.43 goals-against average. Born in Leduc, Alberta, Boucher backstopped the Komets to the last two Turner Cups. He graduated from Dartmouth in 2003 as the school?s all-time leader in wins (50) and save percentage (.907). He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2000.

Colin Chaulk

Position: Center

Height: 6 feet

Weight: 199 pounds

Age: 32

Shoots: Left

Notes: A player/assistant coach with the Komets, he?s been selected as the team?s MVP in 2004, 2006 and 2008. A consistent two-way player, Chaulk won the Best Defensive Forward award in the United Hockey League with the Komets in 2003, 2004 and 2006. He had eight goals and 53 points in 38 games last season, missing much of the season because of a staph infection in his foot. He hails from Toronto.

P.C. Drouin

Position: Left wing

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 200 pounds

Age: 35

Shoots: Left

Notes: The St. Lambert, Quebec, product skated three games with the NHL?s Boston Bruins in 1996-97. Known for his wicked shot, Drouin runs the point on the power play and totaled career bests in goals (32) and points (98) in 75 games last season with the Komets. He was selected a first-team IHL all-star. He missed the playoffs because of a broken arm.

Guy Dupuis

Position: Defenseman

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 205 pounds

Age: 39

Shoots: Right

Notes: The Komets? captain was born in Moncton, New Brunswick. This will be his 13th season with the Komets, dating back to 1991-92. He is a seven-time recipient of the team?s Defenseman of the Year Award, and he?s taken the award the last three seasons. He had 16 goals and 67 points in 76 games last season. He is the Komets? all-time leader in games played, breaking Eddie Long?s record of 866 last season.

Tim Haun

Position: Goaltender

Height: 5-foot-11

Weight: 177 pounds

Age: 29

Catches: Left

Notes: The native of Solsgirth, Manitoba, had a short stint with the Komets last season but it was an impressive one. He went 4-2-2 with a 3.04 goals-against average, earning IHL Goaltender of the Month honors, as he filled in for an injured Sebastien Laplante. Haun was soon returned to Huntsville of the lower-level Southern Professional Hockey League. With Laplante playing in Quad City, Haun won the backup job.

David Hukalo

Position: Right wing

Height: 5-foot-11

Weight: 190 pounds

Age: 31

Shoots: Right

Notes: Hukalo, who hails from Edmonton, Alberta, is a premier two-way player, who was selected as the league?s best defensive forward in 2007 and 2008. But his scoring has come on, too, as evidenced by career highs in goals (23), assists (39) and points (62) last season. He was selected as the playoff MVP, scoring eight goals and 14 points in 11 games, as the Komets won the Turner Cup. A shoulder injury will sideline Hukalo until mid-November.

Vince Laise

Position: Right wing

Height: 5-foot-11

Weight: 163 pounds

Age: 26

Shoots: Right

Notes: The native of Brampton, Ontario, played three seasons at the University of Maine, scoring three goals and nine points in 56 games. Those are deceptive numbers for a skilled offensive player expected to shine with the Komets. He didn?t play last season, after getting released from AHL and ECHL camps, opting then to coach and wait for the right opportunity.

Brad MacMillan

Position: Right wing

Height: 5-foot-10

Weight: 200 pounds

Age: 26

Shoots: Right

Notes: One of the toughest players in the IHL, MacMillan had seven goals, 10 points and 231 penalty minutes in 50 games last season. Hunkering down in front of the opposing net, he had two goals and four points in 11 playoff games last season. He will get more of a regular shift this season. He was born in Grand Prairie, Alberta.

Danko Mironovic

Position: Defenseman

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 220 pounds

Age: 22

Shoots: Left

Notes: This stay-at-home defenseman, who hails from Zagreb, Croatia, was chosen as the Komets? most improved player last season. He had two goals and 13 points in 70 games. He is reliable in the corners and can be counted on to clear the opposition out from in front of his own net.

Bobby Phillips

Position: Defenseman

Height: 6-foot-3

Pounds: 210 pounds

Age: 23

Shoots: Left

Notes: A native of Carmel, his father, Bob, played for the Komets and was a noted tough guy in 1981-82, when he had 213 penalty minutes in 31 games. The younger Phillips is a physical, stay-at-home defenseman. He skated last season for Mercyhurst College, tallying three assists and 44 penalty minutes in 31 games.

Keith Rodger

Position: Defenseman

Height: 6 feet

Weight: 190 pounds

Age: 24

Shoots: Right

Notes: A native of Parshall, Colo., Rodger skated four seasons at American International University before joining the Komets late last season. He was scoreless in 11 regular-season games, but netted two goals in the playoffs. He is a stay-at-home defenseman, not afraid to get involved in the physical play.

Evgeny Saidachev

Position: Right wing

Height: 5-foot-10

Weight: 182 pounds

Age: 24

Shoots: Left

Notes: Born in Khabarovsk, Russia, but raised in Gig Harbor, Wash., he returns to the Komets after a one-year absence. He totaled 11 goals and 26 points in 54 games with Fort Wayne in 2007-08, then played 12 games last season with Bossier-Shreveport of the Central Hockey League. He is a speedy player expected to score.

Kaleigh Schrock

Position: Right wing

Height: 5-foot-11

Weight: 190 pounds

Age: 24

Shoots: Right

Notes: The Fort Wayne native captained Neumann College to the Division III national championship last season. He had four goals, eight points and 18 penalty minutes in 26 games last season.

Konstantin Shafranov

Position: Left wing

Height: 6 feet

Weight: 190 pounds

Age: 41

Shoots: Left

Notes: His ties to the Komets date back to 1995-96, when he had 46 goals and 74 points in 74 games, winning rookie-of-the-year honors in the old IHL. He played five games in the NHL with the St. Louis Blues. Shafranov?s age didn?t show last season, when he totaled 28 goals and 63 points in 60 games. A former Olympian with Kazakhstan, this could be Shafranov?s last season in North American hockey. He is known for his creativity with the puck and his wrist shots.

Blair Stayzer

Position: Forward/defense

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 225 pounds

Age: 29

Shoots: Left

Notes: This tough guy played last season for Kalamazoo, totaling five goals, 12 points and 132 penalty minutes in 47 games. His versatility makes him valuable. He was selected by Calgary in the seventh round of the 1999 NHL draft and hails from Welland, Ontario.

Matt Syroczynski

Position: Left wing

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 225 pounds

Age: 26

Shoots: Left

Notes: Syroczynski?s pro career began with the Komets in 2006-07, when he had 20 goals and 41 points in 73 games and was named the team?s most improved player. He skated the last two seasons with Cincinnati of the ECHL, winning a championship. He returns to Fort Wayne and is expected to be one of the team?s top scorers. He uses his size to wreak havoc in the corners and in front of the net. He is from Hamburg, N.Y.

Leo Thomas

Position: Center

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 190 pounds

Age: 27

Shoots: Right

Notes: This speedy player hails from Toronto and should be one of the Komets? top two centers, though he?s comfortable playing wing, too. He had 27 goals and 52 points in 60 games last season after being cut by Bloomington. He vowed to be more physical this season. He had 117 penalty minutes in 2008-09. He won the Komets? Mr. Hustle Award.

Rick Varone

Position: Center

Height: 5-foot-9

Weight: 195 pounds

Age: 26

Shoots: Left

Notes: He was named to the IHL?s All-Rookie Team last season, after scoring 23 goals and 55 points in 75 games. Despite his stature, he is a bulldog in the corners. After his two-year career at Oswego State, where he had nine goals and 21 points in 45 games between 2005 and 2007, he took a year off from hockey.

Brandon Warner

Position: Defenseman

Height: 6 feet

Weight: 175 pounds

Age: 26

Shoots: Right

Notes: The native of Huntertown has a wicked shot and should provide plenty of scoring from the blue line. He had seven goals and 14 points in 26 games last season, which was shortened because of a hip injury. He played four seasons at Michigan State, which won a national championship in 2007. He also won a North American Hockey League junior championship with Pittsburgh. Warner can play forward if needed.

Travis Whitehead

Position: Center

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 202 pounds

Age: 25

Shoots: Left

Notes: He joins the Komets after a short stint with Norfolk of the higher-level AHL, though he didn?t play there. Whitehead was an accomplished player in juniors, who had 18 goals and 43 points in 56 games with the Helena Bighorns in 2004-05. He then went on to play at Buffalo State, where he had 10 goals and 25 points in 76 games.

Matt Woodard

Position: Defenseman

Height: 6 feet

Weight: 195 pounds

Age: 24

Shoots: Right

Notes: A native of St. Louis Park, Minn., he played the last four seasons at American International University, scoring six goals and 29 points in 133 games. Mostly a stay-at-home defenseman, the Komets do trust him to jump up in the play a little bit.

– Justin A. Cohn, The Journal Gazette

jcohn@jg.net

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