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Jeremy Gates, in back, fights for possession of the puck against Cincinnati's Anthony Luciani in a January game at Memorial Coliseum. The Komets announced today that Gates has re-signed with the club for the 2013-14 season.

Gates re-signs with K's; among 3 defensemen added to roster

Jeremy Gates has re-signed with the Komets for his second pro season, among three defensemen the club announced today it had signed for 2013-14.

Simon Danis-Pepin has been acquired from San Francisco for future considerations, and Nik Pokulok has signed with the club, the Komets said in a statement.

Gates, 25, of Jackson, Mich., had a goal and three assists in 17 games with Fort Wayne last season. He also played in Bloomington of the CHL and in Pensacola of the SPHL.

Danis-Pepin, 25, of Montreal, is entering his fifth pro season. He played in Orlando and San Francisco last year, with three goals, seven assists and 61 penalty minutes in 61 games in San Francisco.

Pokulok, 23, of Vaudreuil, Quebec, is in his first full pro season. He skated six regular-season games and in the playoffs in Stockton last year.

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