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K's tap Shafranov as specialty coach


The Komets have brought on former player Konstantin Shafranov as a specialty coach, working primarily with forwards. He will not be on the bench during games, though.

Shafranov began his lengthy pro career in 1991 with Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk of the Russian elite league, when he posted 24 goals and 45 points in 40 games at the age of 23.

He made his first appearance with the Komets in 1995-96, leading them with 46 goals and earning the IHL's Rookie of the Year Award. Shafranov was subsequently selected by St. Louis in round 9 of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. The Kazakhstan native appeared in parts of six seasons with the Komets overall during his career, finishing in 2009-10, when he posted 19 goals and 57 points in 58 games.

Shafranov completed his career with his native Kazakhstan team in the 2010 World Championships.

"Konstantin Shafranov is one of the most accomplished Komets of all time," Komets general manager David Franke. "He has played at every level of hockey in North America and in the top Russian league KHL, Olympics and World Championship games. His knowledge of the game, experience and skill set will be invaluable to our players."

Shafranov will be introduced to the team Tuesday at practice at Canlan Ice Arena.

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