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Bogdan Rudenko, who played for the Komets in 2006-07, has been arrested and charged with murder.

Rudenko arrested for murder

Bogdan Rudenko, who skated 51 games for the Komets in 2006-07, has been arrested and charged with murder in the shooting of an unidentified man that occurred in Stallings, N.C, according to multiple media reports.

Rudenko was arrested in Colorado Springs, Colo., after a four-hour standoff with police, the Charlotte Observer reported, and a court date has been set for Monday to consider extradition to North Carolina.

Stallings hadn't had a murder in two years, WCNC reported, but a man's body was found Dec. 20 behind a car repair shop and Rudenko was believed to be the culprit.

Rudenko, who hails from Kazakhstan, was found hiding out at Howard Johnson hotel. Police believe there are other people of interest in the case, the Observer wrote.

Rudenko, 32, tallied 18 goals, 38 points and 128 penalty minutes with the Komets before the right wing was traded for center Terry Marchant, a key figure in the Komets' 2008 Turner Cup championship.

Rudenko has played for 15 teams since 1997.

He was in training camp this season with Dayton of the IHL, but failed to catch on elsewhere after being waived.

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at