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Drouin to return to K's

Dupuis decision next month

At least one Fort Wayne Komets veteran has apparently made his choice, and the choice is this: Lace ‘em up and hit the ice for one more year.

Komets general manager David Franke said Monday that forward P.C. Drouin has decided to play in 2011-12.

“I don’t really expect him to play beyond next year, but this is the second year of his two-year contract and P.C. has pretty much decided to finish it out,” Franke said.

Drouin had 14 goals, 44 points and a plus/minus of minus-3 in 61 games this season.

With him back in the fold, the Komets now await veteran defenseman Guy Dupuis’ decision.

Dupuis, 41, the longest-tenured Komet in club history in games played, has talked to the Komets, and both parties have agreed to put off any decision one way or another until June 1.

“Guy wanted a little time to think it over and discuss it with his family, so we’ve decided to give it until the first of June,” Franke said.

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