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P.C. Drouin against the Flint Generals during the Turner Cup Finals at Perani Arena in Flint on May 14, 2010.

Drouin: 'I'm shocked and surprised'

After six seasons with the Komets, during which he totaled 143 goals and 446 points in 426 games, left wing P.C. Drouin's time with the team is over.

He helped the Komets to three championships in the IHL, led them in scoring twice and regularly wore the 'A' as an alternate captain.

But Drouin, 37, was a casualty of the Komets' desire to get younger and faster heading into their second CHL season, so he was their final cut as they prepared for Saturday's season opener against the Evansville IceMen at Memorial Coliseum.

Last season, he had 14 goals and 44 points in 61 games, as the Komets were in last place until February and were eliminated in the Turner Conference Semifinals by Rapid City.

"I'm a little shocked and surprised and I really don't want to comment right now," said Drouin, who had five goals and nine points in eight playoff games last spring.

Drouin came into training camp saying he was in his best shape since 1996-97, when he played three NHL games with the Boston Bruins. He believed this would be his last season in professional hockey. But he also knew no spots were guaranteed and that returning players like him, centers Leo Thomas and Danny Lapointe, and defenseman Brandon Warner were on the hot seat.

Thomas and Lapointe made the team and Warner did, too, though he's on injured reserve with a hip injury.

With his family entrenched in Fort Wayne, Drouin would have limited options now if he wants to continue playing. Dayton is the only CHL team within four hours.

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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