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DeAngelis, Graham returning

As the Komets struggled throughout their inaugural first season in the CHL -- they were in last place among 18 teams until last February -- defenseman Frankie DeAngelis was one of the few consistent bright spots.

In fact, he was their lone representative at the All-Star Game.

And now he'll be back for a third season with the Komets.

"With the signing of Franke DeAngelis we are bringing back one of our go-to guys," said Komets general manager David Franke, who had already brought in a similarly multi-faceted defenseman, Jamie Milam.

"Frankie and Jamie Milam will add a lot of offense to the team when five-on-five and especially on the power play."

Last season, DeAngelis, 26, had 11 goals and 30 points in 54 games. Milam, 27, who played last season with the CHL-champion Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs, had 17 goals and 48 points in 66 games.

The Komets also announced that assistant coach Gary Graham will be back for a fourth season. He helped Fort Wayne to three straight titles in the IHL before they joined the CHL last year.

"Gary is a very valuable person in our hockey operations staff," Franke said. "Gary is a hard-working and dedicated assistant coach for (head coach Al Sims) and is liked and respected by the players."

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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