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  • Standout Imagery | Colorado Eagles Forward Trevor Cheek, who came to the Komets last season through the affiliation with the Arizona Coyotes, carries the puck up the ice at Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colorado, as he's defended by the Colorado Eagles' Joey Ratelle. The Komets and Coyotes won't be affiliated again this season.

Monday, June 18, 2018 7:10 pm

K's break with Coyotes, add players

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

After the playoff run had ended, Komets general manager David Franke had stated he wanted to renew the affiliation with the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes.

But today, the Komets announced they and the Coyotes have “mutually agreed” to part ways, and that Fort Wayne will “pursue new affiliation options.”

The one season with the Coyotes provides Fort Wayne high quality, if not quantity, with the likes of Michael Houser, Artur Tyanulin, Ryan Culkin, Trevor Cheek and Zac Larraza, and Fort Wayne lost to the eventual champion Colorado Eagles in overtime of Game 7 of the Western Conference finals.

From the ECHL’s annual meetings in Las Vegas, the Komets announced their first two signings for the upcoming season: forward Anthony Petruzzelli and defenseman Kevin Gibson.

Petruzzelli, 25, a rookie out of the University of Vermont, played four regular-season games with the Komets and then broke out in the playoffs with three goals in 14 playoff games.

“Coach Gary Graham recruited Anthony last spring and he turned out to be a good player for us,” Franke said. “He is quick and tenacious and has some offensive upside. Anthony is excited to be back and looking to improve on his late season and playoff success.”

Gibson, 28, skated last season for the Toledo Walleye and had three goals and 13 points in 54 games. The son of former MLB player and manager Kirk Gibson, he faced the Komets with the Quad City Mallards from 2015-17.