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Komets re-sign DeAngelis

The Komets re-signed defenseman Frankie DeAngelis, who helped them to their third straight championship in the IHL last season.

DeAngelis, 25, had nine goals and 41 points in 76 games last season, leading all IHL defenseman with a plus-31 rating. He was named on the league’s all-rookie team by coaches, general managers and reporters, after joining the Komets from American International College.

“Frankie is a dynamic player for us, and we’re looking for a big season offensively from him and for a solid defensive season, too,” Komets general manager David Franke said.”He’s an all-around defenseman. He’s good defensively, and he’s got good upside. He’s good off the ice, just a good kid. ... And at the end of the day, this is where he wanted to play, but he had to check some things out because he had a good year and was getting so much interest.”

The addition of DeAngelis gives the Komets 21 players as they prepare for their first season in the Central Hockey League. The Komets open the season Oct. 16 against reigning CHL-champion Rapid City at Memorial Coliseum.

“Absolutely, I’m really excited to be coming back. It’s fun there and I had a great time last year, want to do it again, win another championship,” DeAngelis said. “I’ve got my first year pro under my belt, and I learned a lot of things, had a lot of neat experiences. I’ll have more confidence in this new (season).”

There will be a preseason home-and-home series against Dayton, Oct. 7 at the Coliseum and Oct. 9 at Hara Arena in Dayton, Ohio.

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 jcohn@jg.net.

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