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Komets

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P.C. Drouin
Age: 37
Position: LW
Height/weight: 6-2, 200
Shoots: Left
Hometown: St. Lambert, Quebec
A fan favorite: Drouin first arrived in Fort Wayne in 2004-05, and he's been a pivotal player to the Komets' success. He led the team in assists in 2007-08 and 2008-09 and was an IHL first team all star in 2008-09.
By the numbers: Played in 61 games this season, had 14 goals, 30 assists and plus/minus of minus-3.

Drouin will return to K's

Dupuis to make decision by June 1

Drouin

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

Dupuis, 41 years old and 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.

In the playoffs, where Drouin has traditionally shined, he had five goals and four assists in eight games despite being added to the playoff roster at the last minute as the 10th or extra forward. It was an unaccustomed position for the 15-year veteran, who in 48 previous playoff games for the Komets scored 16 goals and 50 points.

Included in that were the five goals and 18 points he scored in 12 games during the 2009-2010 Turner Cup playoffs, when the Komets won their third straight IHL championship and Drouin was named the playoff MVP.

He'll be 37 years old when the Komets begin their second season in the CHL next fall.

bensmith@jg.net

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