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Komets

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Komets roster

Marino
Henley
B. Smith
Effinger
Auger
Chaulk
Schneider
Maggio
Nycholat
Giosa
Rizk
Gates
Schrock
Reiter
Atkins
Firman
R. Smith
Hegarty
Kishel
Thorne
Butler

Kyle Atkins

Position: Defenseman

Age: 23

Height: 6-3

Weight: 204 pounds

Shoots: Left

Hometown: Brockville, Ontario

Notes: A rookie out of Holy Cross College, he had six goals and 15 points in 30 games last season. The Komets need him to be a contributor at both ends of the ice.

Chris Auger

Position: Center

Age: 24

Height: 5-10

Weight: 178 pounds

Shoots: Left

Hometown: Belleville, Ontario

Notes: He was the biggest surprise on the Komets’ roster last season, totaling 28 goals and 59 points in 57 games, after an injury shortened season with Mississippi of the CHL in 2010-11. He was a sixth-round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks in 2006. He is 5-10, 178 pounds.

Tyler Butler

Position: Defenseman

Age: 33

Height: 6-2

Weight: 205 pounds

Shoots: Right

Hometown: Kanata, Ontario

Notes: He was the captain last season of Arizona, the worst team in the CHL, and he’s also been the captain in Tulsa. Last season, he had 10 goals, 39 points and 111 penalty minutes. He likes to shoot and will man the point on the power play, and he’s not afraid to drop the gloves and fight.

Colin Chaulk

Position: Center

Age: 35

Height: 6-foot

Weight: 199 pounds

Shoots: Left

Hometown: Toronto

Notes: The Komets’ captain has won five championships with the team dating back to 2003 in the UHL. With the Komets, he has scored 182 goals and 662 points in 560 games, but he’s known as much for his defensive prowess and leadership as his scoring abilities. He has been selected as team MVP five times by his teammates.

Charlie Effinger

Position: Goaltender

Age: 26

Height: 6-1

Weight: 188 pounds

Catches: Left

Hometown: Belleville, Ill.

Notes: While with Missouri of the CHL, Effinger took the Komets to the brink of elimination in the Turner Conference Finals last season, but Fort Wayne emerged victorious in seven games. He was 32-15-4 with a 2.70 goals-against average for the Mavericks and his .923 save percentage was second in the league. He had a .932 save percentage in the playoffs.

Matt Firman

Position: Forward

Age: 23

Height: 6-3

Weight: 215 pounds

Shoots: Left

Hometown: Fayetteville, N.Y.

Notes: A rookie out of Colgate University, Firman won the team awards for most improved player and most gentlemanly play. He had seven goals and 15 points in 39 games. Look for him to be an impact player at both ends of the ice.

Jeremy Gates

Position: Defenseman

Age: 25

Height: 6-2

Weight: 200 pounds

Shoots: Left

Hometown: Jackson, Mich.

Notes: Gates skated at Neumann College, which also produced Komets star Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock. Gates had one assist in seven games in 2010-11 and was slated to play for Pensacola of the SPHL before he impressed the Komets during informal practices. He will bring a physical edge to the lineup.

Eric Giosa

Position: Center

Age: 28

Height: 5-11

Weight: 182 pounds

Shoots: Left

Hometown: Northville, Mich.

Notes: Last season with Quad City, Giosa had 28 goals and 70 points in 64 games. He will be an ace on the power play, where he had 11 goals last season, second most in the CHL. And his speed will be important in the ECHL, where he played four games with Reading in 2008-09.

Ryan Hegarty

Position: Defenseman

Age: 22

Height: 6-foot

Weight: 200 pounds

Shoots: Left

Hometown: Arlington, Mass.

Notes: The former University of Maine player is on assignment from the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks, who spent a fourth-round pick on him in the 2008 draft. He is a defensive-minded player, though he had 14 points in 40 college games last season.

Brent Henley

Position: Defenseman

Age: 32

Height: 6-7

Weight: 250 pounds

Shoots: Left

Hometown: Coquitiam, British Columbia

Notes: He split the Komets’ Defenseman of the Year award last season with Frankie DeAngelis, after totaling three goals and 14 points in 60 games. Henley is known more for his physical play and defensive prowess than his scoring. He had 201 penalty minutes last season. He has played 109 games in the AHL.

Scott Kishel

Position: Defenseman

Age: 23

Height: 5-11

Weight: 170 pounds

Shoots: Left

Hometown: Virginia, Minn.

Notes: He recently completed his college career at Minnesota-Duluth, where he won a national championship in 2011. Last season, in 35 games, he had three goals and 18 points in 35 games. He was selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the seventh round of the 2007 draft.

Daniel Maggio

Position: Defenseman

Age: 21

Height: 6-3

Weight: 204 pounds

Shoots: Right

Hometown: LaSalle, Ontario

Notes: A sixth-round draft pick of the New York Rangers in 2009, he played with the Komets in the postseason last spring, scoring two goals and five points in 15 games. He will man the power play and be expected to bring toughness.

Brandon Marino

Position: Right wing

Age: 26

Height: 5-9

Weight: 185 pounds

Shoots: Right

Hometown: Riverside, Calif.

Notes: He’s tenacious as a scorer and hitter, accounting for 41 goals and 90 points last season with Quad City when he was selected the CHL’s MVP. The Komets are relying on him to lead the scoring charge.

Daniel Nycholat

Position: Defenseman

Age: 23

Height: 6-2

Weight: 190 pounds

Shoots: Left

Hometown: Calgary, Alberta

Notes: He has four games of experience in the ECHL, played with Las Vegas last season. Before that, he played 25 games at Dartmouth, where he had two assists. Look for him to be a stay-at-home defenseman with a decent knack for passing the puck.

Kenny Reiter

Position: Goaltender

Age: 25

Height: 5-11

Weight: 170 pounds

Catches: Left

Hometown: Pittsburgh

Notes: The younger brother of former Komets goalie Kevin Reiter, Kenny backstopped Minnesota-Duluth to the NCAA championship in 2011. He has only one game of professional experience, with Bridgeport of the AHL last season but is deemed an NHL prospect.

Jean-Michel Rizk

Position: Right wing

Age: 26

Height: 6-1

Weight: 195 pounds

Shoots: Right

Hometown: Dunham, Ontario

Notes: A seventh-round pick of the Minnesota Wild in the 2004 draft, he skated for former Komets coach Greg Puhalski at Wilfrid Laurier University. Last season, Rizk had 20 goals and 31 points in 55 games. In the playoffs, he had seven goals and 14 points in 18 games, showing a knack for scoring when the Komets needed it most.

Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock

Position: Right wing

Age: 27

Height: 5-11

Weight: 180 pounds

Shoots: Right

Hometown: Fort Wayne

Notes: He tallied 12 goals, 34 points and 150 penalty minutes in 66 games last season. An alternate captain, Schrock is known for his hustle, defensive prowess and willingness to fight. He captained Neumann College to the Division III college title in 2009.

Cory Schneider

Position: Center

Age: 24

Height: 5-10

Weight: 191

Shoots: Left

Hometown: Rochester, N.Y.

Notes: This rookie spent the last four seasons playing for Ohio State. He had four goals and five points in 35 games last season. He should be a capable third-line forward for the Komets thanks to his playmaking ability.

Brett Smith

Position: Center

Age: 31

Height: 5-8

Weight: 180 pounds

Shoots: Left

Hometown: Guelph, Ontario

Notes: He captained Bossier-Shreveport to the CHL title in 2011 and was an alternate captain last season, when the Komets won it. He was a CHL all-star last season – he scored 20 goals and 61 points in 55 games – and won the team’s award for Defensive Forward of the Year. He’s tenacious in both ends of the rink.

Robbie Smith

Position: Forward

Age: 25

Height: 6-3

Weight: 190 pounds

Shoots: Left

Hometown: Brooks, Alberta

Notes: He brings good size to the Fort Wayne lineup. And he has 79 games of experience in the ECHL with Las Vegas, playing in the finals last season. He had seven goals and 15 points in 60 games last season. He played at Dartmouth College from 2006 to 2011.

Stephon Thorne

Position: Left wing

Age: 22

Height: 6-foot

Weight: 180 pounds

Shoots: Left

Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario

Notes: In his rookie season with the Komets, he had 11 goals and 32 points in 64 games, and he went on to receive the team’s award as Most Improved Player. He captained Brampton of the Ontario Hockey League in 2010-11. He has a knack for scoring but also can be a brilliant defender and an agitator.

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– Roster as of Oct. 10 – Justin A. Cohn,, The Journal Gazette – Justin A. Cohn,, The Journal Gazette

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