Mr. May is coming back in October.
The man who backstopped the Komets to three straight Turner Cups, Nick Boucher, has re-upped for another season, the team announced Wednesday. Boucher and forward Sean OConnor both came to terms with the Komets and will be back in uniform in the fall, Boucher for the fourth straight year and OConnor for the third.
They bring to 13 the number of players the Komets now have under contract for the 2010-11 season, their first under the Central Hockey League umbrella.
I think were ahead of the game a little bit, Komets general manager David Franke said. Weve got players that like to win like we do. They like the city, they like the fans, and they like the crowds.
The 29-year-old Boucher in particular is a major score, and not just because signing him secures the critical position of goaltender. His numbers in the regular season notwithstanding – he ranked second only to teammate Tim Haun among IHL goalies last year with a 2.49 goals-against and a .921 save percentage – his real worth is that hes been the quintessential playoff goaltender, the man of the hour in the nets for the last three months of May, all of which ended with the Komets hoisting the Turner Cup.
In the 2009-10 playoffs, he led all IHL goalies for the third straight year with a 6-3 record and a 2.62 goals-against.
Hes very competitive, hes very passionate for the game, and he happens to be a pretty darn good goaltender at this level, also, Franke said.
OConnor, meanwhile, was a critical piece of the Komets offense and special teams, scoring 23 goals and 51 points in 72 games, including eight power-play goals and four game-winning goals. In the playoffs, he scored five goals and nine points in 12 games.
Sean adds offense, solid defense and great speed and shiftiness, Franke said. His wraparound goals are pretty commonplace. Both of these guys come to play every night, so having them both on the team is a real pleasure.
The feeling was apparently mutual.
They both wanted to come back, Franke said. They like playing here.
Neither Boucher nor OConnor could be reached for comment.