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  • Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette Justin Hodgman skates for the Komets this season at Memorial Coliseum.

Thursday, May 23, 2019 8:50 pm

Hodgman heads from K's to Europe

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

Justin Hodgman, who represented the Komets in the ECHL All-Star Game this season, has signed to play next season in Europe.

Both Hodgman and the Komets confirmed the signing. Details on which team he’ll play for will come next week.

Hodgman had 15 goals and 56 points in 50 regular-season games this season, then added an assist in four playoff games before coach Gary Graham made him a “healthy scratch” from the last two games of the series loss to the Toledo Walleye. After the season, Hodgman said, he learned he had a stress fracture in his hip that he’s currently rehabilitating.

Hodgman, 30, who played five NHL games for the Arizona Coyotes in 2014-15, helped the Komets to three straight Turner Cups in the now-defunct International Hockey League in 2008, 2009 and 2010, earning Playoff MVP honors as a rookie in 2008.

He returned to Fort Wayne in 2017 and totaled nine goals and 25 points in 30 regular-season games before enjoying a renaissance this season.

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