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Chris Auger shoots at goal during an October 2011 game against Evansville at Memorial Coliseum. Auger has been re-signed by the Komets for the 2013-14 season, the club said today.

K's forwards Auger, Dunbar among 5 new signees

15 under contract for 2013-14 season

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John Dunbar scores in a January game against Cincinnati at Memorial Coliseum. Dunbar has re-signed for the 2013-14 season, the Komets said today.

Forwards Chris Auger and John Dunbar have re-signed with the Komets for the 2013-14 season, and three rookies also have signed, the club said today.

Rookie defensemen Joe Hartman and Kyle Follmer and center Scott Fleming have signed contracts, the Komets said in a statement.

Auger, 25, of Belleville, Ontario, played four games for the Komets last year but missed most of the season because of injury. He scored 28 goals in the 2011-12 season, when he was named the team's rookie of the year and Fort Wayne won the CHL title.

Dunbar, 22, of Calgary, Alberta, split last season between Fort Wayne and Pensacola of the SPHL. He had five goals and five assists in 17 games with the Komets.

Hartman, 24, of St. Cloud, Minn., has played at Miami (Ohio), and helped the Redhawks to two NCAA regular-season titles in his four-year career there.

Follmer, 25, of St. Paul, Minn., played at Northern Michiganh, scoring 15 goals and 52 assists with 194 penalty minutes during his career.

Fleming, 25, of Plainfield, Ontario, had six pro games with Gwinnett in 2011-12, and played four years at Dartmouth, with 31 points as captain his senior year.

Fifteen players are signed for the current season, including nine forwards and six defensemen, the Komets said.

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