FORT WAYNE – One Beauregard 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 on Monday, 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 Norway doesn’t count on his games-played total.
This is Beauregard’s fourth season in the ECHL – he has played with Cincinnati and Elmira– and he has 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 is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at the Applebee’s on North Clinton Street. Komets players will be waiters, and tips will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In Sunday’s 5-2 loss to Worcester, Kenny Reiter stopped 41 of 46 shots. But Bridgeport of the AHL has made no determination on when, or if, it will return him to Fort Wayne.