FORT WAYNE – The Komets continue to prioritize defense among their early signings.
They signed four more defensemen Wednesday – including Dustin Molle, who played with the team last season, and his brother, Bryant – and that gives Fort Wayne eight blue-liners heading into their 60th season.
Dustin Molle, 25, played 39 games last season with Fort Wayne, tallying one goal, six points and 42 penalty minutes.
Bryant Molle, 24, spent most of last season with the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, tallying two goals, six points and 22 penalty minutes in 38 games before skating twice with the ECHLs Alaska Aces.
Also joining the blue line will be 22-year-old former University of Michigan star Tristin Llewellyn, who played 33 games last season in the ECHL with the Elmira Jackals, totaling one goal, six points and 29 penalty minutes, and 25-year-old Dave Starensky, who had five assists and 210 penalty minutes in 31 games with the St. Georges CRS Express of the semi-pro Ligue Nord Américaine de Hockey.
These additions join Frankie DeAngelis, the Komets lone all-star in their inaugural CHL season, the physical Craig Cescon, and the prolific-scoring pair of Jamie Milam and Simon Mangos, who spent last season with CHL-champion Bossier Shreveport.
The Komets have one goaltender, Nick Boucher, and 12 forwards, including Colin Chaulk, P.C. Drouin, Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock and Brett Smith, giving them 21 players thus far. One of those is forward Stephen Thorne, who had 11 goals and 22 points in 61 Ontario Hockey League games last season with the Brampton Battallion, and whose signing was finalized Wednesday.
The Komets would like to have around 35 players vying for about 20 spots when training camp opens Oct. 10 at Memorial Coliseum.
The CHLs regular-season schedule still hasnt been released because of an impasse on finalizing a lease agreement between the Evansville IceMen and a new arena there. Where, and if, that team is able to play will affect schedules of the CHLs other 13 teams.