After three seasons with the Komets, during which he established himself as one of the top defensemen in the AA level of minor-league hockey, Frankie DeAngelis has retired to pursue other career opportunities.
DeAngelis confirmed the decision via text message, but the announcement came through the Komets, who had been trying to re-sign DeAngelis throughout the summer for their first season in the ECHL.
“Frankie was a great Komet and even a greater person,” general manager David Franke said. “We will miss him in many ways, but once a Komet, always a Komet.”
Last season, DeAngelis was named to the all-CHL team, having scored career highs in goals (18) and points (46).
In the playoffs, when the Komets won their fourth championship in five years, he had four goals and 14 points in 18 games.
DeAngelis, who never skated for another professional team, was on the IHL’s All-Rookie Team in 2010 and played in the 2011 CHL All-Star Game. He was picked as Komets Defenseman of the year in 2011 and 2012.
The Komets open training camp Sept. 29, giving them three weeks to find a suitable replacement for DeAngelis, whom they had slotted to be their top defenseman and a special-teams contributor.
Franke said the team has been prepared for this contingency and has been talking with other players. The Komets also have an affiliation with the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks that could provide defensemen. And if there is a lockout in the NHL, as many expect, the trickle-down effect could mean a lot of players will be available.
In the meantime, the Komets’ top offensive defensemen are Daniel Maggio, who has 15 games of professional experience, and former Arizona captain Tyler Butler.