Jason Binkley, who missed much of last season with a broken arm, is back and healthy for the Komets.
"Offseason was extremely busy," said Binkley, a defenseman. "Healing an injury, especially one as serious as what I had to deal with, it's not an easy thing. Two, three, four times a week, I was in and out of offices, therapists, and that kind of stuff. But I'm thrilled to be back. It's been a long seven months recovering and I'm excited for what this year holds."
Binkley was injured on a hit from Wichita's Gabriel Verpaelst. He also had shoulder surgery.
Believe it or not, he's now the second-longest tenured Komets player behind Shawn Szydlowski.
"It's my fourth year and just he culture, the ownership and the management, everything that goes into this team, it's hard to leave," Binkley said. "Obviously, having a coaching switch is different in some aspects, but the fact that you know the new coach coming into the year helps a lot. I've been able to build a relationship with (head coach Ben Boudreau and assistant Olivier Legault) over the last couple years. Talking all summer to them, being recruited by them, and hearing what they have in store for this year, it's going to be an exciting year.
Above is some video from the Komets' first practice.
An interesting nugget from elsewhere: Former Komets player Mickey Lang, who was the ECHL's MVP with the Orlando Solar Bears, has resurfaced with the Utah Grizzlies. He had been in the coaching ranks, last season in the Tier II juniors Western States Hockey League.