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The Journal Gazette

Monday, September 18, 2017 6:50 pm

Komets sign pair

JOURNAL GAZETTE

The Komets' preseason roster reached 22 Monday, as goaltender Sean Bonar and defenseman Mitch Nylen will join the Komets when training camp begins Oct. 2 at the Coliseum.

The roster now includes 11 forwards, eight defensemen and three goaltenders.

 

Bonar, 26, appeared in three games with the Komets during the 2015-16 season posting a 2-1-0 record, 2.69 goals-against average and .911 save percentage. Bonar also played with Brampton and Wichita.

The Delta, British Columbia, native will be in his fourth pro season after spending all of 2016-17 at Fayetteville in the SPHL. Bonar had a 32-15-2 record, ranked second in the league with a 2.07 goals-against average while leading SPHL goaltenders with a .927 save percentage in 49 games. Bonar was also named to the SPHL First All-Star Team, received the league's Goaltender of the Year award and named the SPHL Most Valuable Player.

Nylen, 22, was acquired by the Komets in a trade with the South Carolina Stingrays for future consideration. Last year the defenseman completed a four-year collegiate career with Sacred Heart where he was named to the league's All-Rookie Team in 2013-14. Nylen also made his pro debut last year with South Carolina.

Five Komets are headed for AHL camps including defenseman Bobby Shea (San Diego), goalie Alex Sakellaropoulos (Chicago), while forwards Dennis Kravchenko and Gabriel Desjardins and defenseman Cody Sol will be in Tucson's camp.

The Komets also named new athletic trainer, hiring Roanoke native Matt Willett, A.T.C.

Willett was assigned to the Komets by Fort Wayne Orthopedics and Lutheran Health. Willett graduated from Indiana State with a bachelor's degree in athletic training before earning his masters degree in sports management at Morehead State in Kentucky. Prior to his assignment with the Komets, Willett was head trainer for sports at St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer. Willett resides in Fort Wayne with his wife Jennifer and daughter Makayla.