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K's trade Henley

Defenseman Brent Henley, whose four seasons with the Komets were marked by championships, physical play and off-ice charity work, was traded to the Florida Everblades for cash today.

The news was first reported by Indiana's NewsCenter.

Henley, 32, had one goal, 10 points and 145 penalty minutes in 42 games this season with the Komets. But he had been a healthy scratch the last two games because the return of captain Colin Chaulk gave them five veterans, one more than they can play in games.

Henley first skated for the Komets in 2006-07 and helped them to the IHL championship in 2008. He returned to the team last season and, after leading the CHL with a plus-29 rating, shared the team award for top defenseman with Frankie DeAngelis.

Henley also won the Bud Gallmeier Community Service award last year for his efforts on behalf of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

He totaled five goals, 37 points and 709 penalty minutes in 199 games with the Komets in the regular season and playoffs, combined. He also served several suspensions because of his physical brand of hockey.

This season, Henley skated five games with the higher-level Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League.

But the Komets are 26-26-2, and six points out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, with 18 games remaining in the regular season.

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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