Komets Re-Sign More Players for Next Season

By Tommy Schoegler

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July 3, 2012 Updated Jul 3, 2012 at 10:22 PM EST

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Just one day after signing fan favorite Kaleigh Schrock, the Komets have inked deals with two other players who played a key role in bringing home the championship this year.

The Komets announced Tuesday that Colin Chaulk and Brett Smith have also re-signed.

Chaulk, 35, will be back for his 10th season with the Komets and 15th as a pro. He’ll also serve as player-assistant coach to head coach Al Sims for the upcoming season.

Smith, 30, will return for his second season with Fort Wayne and ninth as a pro. Smith was named to the 2012 CHL All-Star Team and received the Komets' NOB Brick Award for 2011-12 as the Stonewall Defensive Forward of the Year.

Smith told INC Sports Director Tommy Schoegler that he's happy to stay in Fort Wayne saying it's a no brainer that Fort Wayne is one of the best places to play minor league hockey.

The Komets also announced that rookie defenseman Kyle Atkins has been added to the pre-season roster. Atkins, 23, recently completed four seasons with the Holy Cross Athletics of the Atlantic Hockey Association (AHA). During 2011-12, the senior defenseman scored a Division I career best nine goals, 15 points and 22 penalty minutes and was awarded his second Glenn Crane Memorial Award, which Holy Cross gives to the player that leads his team the most by example. Prior to his stint with Holy Cross, Atkins skated three seasons with the Brockville Braves of the Central Junior A Hockey League (CJHL) scoring 26 goals 98 points in 172 games.

The Komets will make their ECHL debut on Friday, Oct. 12 when they host the Kalamazoo Wings at 8pm. The Komets will then travel to Evansville face the IceMen Saturday, Oct. 13.

Tommy will have more tonight.




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