The Komets have another goaltender to compete with incumbent Nick Boucher for playing time, and this one fits the complicated criteria Fort Wayne’s management had going into the summer: He’s young but also experienced.
Only 25, Kevin Beech has played 137 regular-season games in the CHL with Laredo, Youngstown, Mississippi, Corpus Christi, Texas and Wichita.
Last season, he was 8-4-2 with a 3.25 goals-against average and a .891 save percentage with Texas, and he was 3-3-0 with a 3.95 GAA and a .859 save percentage for Wichita.
Also signing with the Komets on Thursday were right wings Bobby Chaumont and Eric Yngwe, giving Fort Wayne 28 players for its 60th anniversary season, second in the CHL. The Komets expect to have about 35 players in training camp.
The Komets, who were eliminated in the Turner Conference semifinals by Rapid City last season, expect to bring one more goaltender to battle with Beech and Boucher, 30, who guided the Komets to three championships in the now-defunct IHL between 2007 and 2010.
Chaumont, 26, who has played in the CHL for Laredo and Mississippi, skated last season for the Braehead Clan in Europe, where he had 22 goals and 53 points in 54 games.
Yngwe, 23, had six goals and 11 points in 23 games last season for Alvesta in Sweden, and he was discovered by Fort Wayne coach Al Sims at a prospect camp in Toronto during August.
The Komets will open the regular season Oct. 22 against the Evansville IceMen at Memorial Coliseum.
General manager David Franke couldn’t be reached for comment.