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Beauregard made sense

One Beaurgard has already starred for the Komets – David-Alexandre helped them to the UHL's Colonial Cup in 2003 – and now it's time for his little brother to give it a whirl.

The Komets signed right wing Thomas Beauregard today, and he will fill the void left by Chris Auger, who suffered a season-ending knee injury Oct. 20.

"Thomas is David-Alexandre's little brother and, like him, he can put the puck in the net," Komets general manager David Franke said. "He's been a scorer wherever he's played."

Thomas Beauregard, 26, should be familiar to Fort Wayne fans. He played against them in the CHL's finals last season, scoring a team-leading four goals and seven points in the Komets' five-game victory over Wichita.

Thomas Beauregard had 22 goals and 59 points in 60 regular-season games with the Thunder.

He started this season on the roster of the ECHL's Orlando Solar Bears but was traded to expansion San Francisco. He had one goal and three points in five games with the Bulls, who released him Oct. 21.

"We had talked to him about playing here a little during the summer but we had a lot of commitments from other players and didn't really pursue it," Franke said. "When Auger went down, though, with his knee injury, Beauregard hit the waiver wire and it made a lot of sense."

Despite this being his sixth season in the professional ranks, Beauregard doesn't qualify as an ECHL veteran because time spent in Denmark and Norwaydoesn't count on his games-played total.

This is Beauregard's fourth season in the ECHL – he's played with Cincinnati and Elmira– and he's played two games in the higher-level American Hockey League with Hamilton and Springfield.

David-Alexandre Beauregard was an 11th-round draft pick of the San Jose Sharks in 1994, but his career was almost derailed later that year when a high stick left him blind in one eye.

He had 69 goals and 116 points in two seasons with the Komets.

Notes: The Tip-a-Komets benefit will be held Tuesday at the Applebee's on North Clinton from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Komets players will be waiters, and tips will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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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