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Friday, June 15, 2018 9:10 pm

Former Komets defenseman dies

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

Brian Boulay, a defenseman with the Komets in 2008-09, died June 9 in Dublin, Ireland, from an acute asthma attack. He was 34. He had six goals, 12 points and 104 penalty minutes in 69 games for the Komets before leaving the team shortly before the playoffs – they went on to win the International Hockey League’s Turner Cup – because of personal reasons. Boulay worked in software sales. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made for his 3-year-old daughter to the Maeve Boulay Family Fund c/o Saver's Bank, 38 Auburn Street, Auburn, MA 01501. To leave a note of condolence or to view his "Book of Memories" please visit, www.brittonfuneralhomes.com

-- There were no surprises on the Komets’ season-ending roster of 18 players submitted to the ECHL: forwards Taylor Crunk, Mason Baptista, Gabriel Desjardins, Marco Roy, Jamie Schaafsma, Shawn Szydlowski, Justin MacDonald, Anthony Petruzzelli, Garrett Thompson, Phelix Martineau and Justin Hodgman; defensemen Jason Binkley, Curtis Leonard, Bobby Shea, Cody Sol and Ryan Lowney; and goaltenders Garrett Bartus and Cam Lanigan. The Komets can reserve the rights to up to eight players by extending them qualifying offers by June 30, though players signed to contracts need not be qualified. Desjardins, Thompson and Baptista have already signed with teams in Europe and Martineau to play in the American Hockey League. Players who had been with the Komets through their affiliation with the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes weren’t eligible for the season-ending roster.

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