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Chaumont back to Scotland

Effinger is going to ECHL

As previously reported by The Journal Gazette, forward Bobby Chaumont will not be back with the Komets this season, the team's first in the ECHL.

Today, his signing with the Braehead Clan in Scotland was made official.

Last season, Chaumont led the Komets in points with 66, and he had 24 goals, in 66 games.

In the playoffs, when the Komets won the CHL championship, he tallied eight goals and 14 points in 18 games.

He skated with Braehead in its inaugural season -- 2010-11 -- scoring 22 goals and 53 points in 54 games.

"He is a big, strong forward, who skated very well," Clan coach Jordan Krestanovich said in a news release. "I've played on a line with Bobby, so I know first-hand how dangerous he can be, and I believe his time with Fort Wayne has given him the experience he needs to progress as a player."

Chaumont, 27, said in a statement: "The fans (in Scotland) made my season there very memorable and I look forward to another great season.... It will be great to catch up with some of my former teammates and to get to know the new guys. I am looking forward to coming back and getting the season underway."

Meanwhile, goalie Charlie Effinger, who played last season for Missouri of the CHL, told The Independece Examiner that he will sign with an ECHL team this season. The Komets have confirmed that they have spoken with Effinger, leading to speculation he could be the replacement for Nick Boucher, who underwent hip surgery Thursday and will be out at least until January.

"I'm a 26-year-old knucklehead who is coming off a pretty good season," Effinger told The Examiner, "and I want to give myself the best shot to make a team in the (American Hockey League). ... I'm in the prime of my career, and I want to see if I can fit in with an AHL team, so I m signing with an ECHL team (in hopes of moving up."

Effinger was 32-15-4 with a 2.70 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage in the regular season with Missouri. In the playoffs, he was 7-4 with a 2.50 GAA and a .932 save percentage, but the Mavericks were ousted in seven games by the Komets in the Turner Conference finals.

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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