You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to www.journalgazette.net/newsletter and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.

Komets

  • Ex-Komet Lang league's MVP
    Mickey Lang, who began the season with the Komets before demanding a trade, was selected the ECHL's MVP by coaches, reporters and media relations directors Friday.
  • Szydlowski learning mental side of game
    You may not recognize this Shawn Szydlowski, the one who hits a lot, the one who has become a pivotal player for the Komets, the one who scores the game-winning goal with 8.
  • Komets look to steal another one
    The goal for the Komets was simple: Steal one of the first two games. That was accomplished Thursday with a 2-1 victory over the defending-champion Reading Royals – forward Shawn Szydlowski’s shot from the left circle with 8.
Advertisement
File
Chris Auger will return to the Komets after playing just four games last season before suffering a knee injury.

Auger to return as Komets sign five

Big things were expected of forward Chris Auger last season – he had 38 goals and 71 points in 75 games in 2011-12 en route to the CHL championship – but his first ECHL season was derailed after four games by a hit to the knee from Evansville’s Aaron Gens.

Auger is going to get another chance with the Komets, though.

The Komets signed Auger, forward John Dunbar, center Scott Fleming, and defensemen Joe Hartman and Kyle Follmer on Tuesday.

“I’m thrilled to be coming back,” Auger said. “I can’t wait to get started. It’s been a pretty long offseason for me, if that’s what you want to call it, and I want to get with the guys, get familiarity with my new teammates and start playing again.”

Auger said his knee is back to 100 percent and he had offers to play for several other teams.

“Fort Wayne was the best fit. I had a comfort level having been there for two years,” Auger said. “They’ve treated me well, throughout my injury and even before that. … My heart was still in Fort Wayne, and I wanted to be back there.”

Auger, 25, said he wants to take more of a leadership role this season.

“I’m excited to reunite with Chris Auger. He plays a puck possession game and can help the team out in many different ways,” said coach Gary Graham, who was an assistant with Fort Wayne in 2011-12 and replaced Al Sims after his retirement this year.

Dunbar, 22, skated 17 games last season with the Komets. He had five goals and 10 points. He also scored 13 goals and 30 points in 34 games for Graham with Pensacola.

“John Dunbar is an explosive player that brings a consistent work effort every time he hits the ice,” Graham said. “He played a big part in our championship in Pensacola last year and his time with the Komets last year proved he can play in this league. I look forward to seeing John in training camp.”

Fleming, 25, played six games last season with Gwinnett of the ECHL, tallying three goals and four points. Prior to that, he skated for Dartmouth College, netting 13 goals with 31 points in 32 games as a senior and team captain in 2010-11.

“Scott Fleming is a dynamic skater with tremendous speed,” Graham said. “His collegiate coaching staff raved about him, as well as coaches within his conference.”

Hartman, 24, is a rookie fresh off a four-year collegiate career at Miami (Ohio), for which he had five assists and 24 penalty minutes last season.

He was an All-Star in the United States Hockey League in 2008-09 for the Indiana Ice.

Follmer, 25, is also a rookie, who had three goals and 12 points in 36 games last season for Northern Michigan. He led the school’s defensemen in 2011-12 with 26 points in 36 games.

Fort Wayne, which opens its season Oct. 19 against the Toledo Walleye at Memorial Coliseum, now has 15 players on its roster – nine forwards and six defensemen.

jcohn@jg.net

Advertisement