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  • Katie Fyfe | Journal Gazette Shawn Szydlowski, one of the Komets' most decorated all-time players, will be back with the team this season. 

Monday, July 15, 2019 1:10 pm

Szydlowski back with Komets

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

Shawn Szydlowski is back.

The Komets have re-signed the ECHL’s MVP and leading scorer from 2017-18 and he’ll don the fireball logo for a seventh straight season.

He totaled 19 goals and 55 points in 59 games last season, after beginning the season in Norway, and he had one goal and three points in six playoff games.

"Shawn Szydlowski re-signing with the Komets should make all Komet fans excited," Fort Wayne general manager David Franke said.

"He is two years removed from being named the ECHL MVP and has a lot of great hockey left in him. We expect him to be an integral part of the 2019-20 Komets."

The 28-year-old right wing will be joined by forward Matthew Boudens and defenseman Eric Israel, the first two players signed by new coach Ben Boudreau who hadn’t been with the Komets last season.

Boudens, 25, is coming off his fifth season with the University of Brunswick, for which he scored six goals and 18 points in 28 games, also leading the team with 101 penalty minutes.

He captured his third University Cup Championship with the Reds and finished with collegiate totals of 17 goals, 47 assists, 64 points, 309 penalty minutes and a plus-62 rating in 135 games.

Israel, 24, played at Robert Morris University and had 21 goals and 85 points in 146 games.

He led the Colonials’ defensemen each of his last three seasons in goals, assists and points. Last season, he was tied for fifth in Division I in blocked shots with 85.

The Komets had already re-signed Jason Binkley, Chase Stewart, Brady Shaw and Anthony Petruzzelli.

jcohn@jg.net