(Fort Wayne) - The Komets announced Tuesday that veteran winger Konstantin Shafranov will be returning to the Fort Wayne fold for his fourth career stint. Shafranov first skated a Komet line during the 1995-96 IHL season posting a team and career high 46 goals and adding 28 assists for 74 points in 74 games earning the IHL's Rookie of the Year award. The Kazakhstan native also represented the Komets as a member of the IHL Eastern Conference All-Stars in 1996.
Shafranov returned to the Komets for 1997-98 and registered a career high 52 assists and 80 points before returning to Russian elite league play for 1998-99. He re-visited Fort Wayne for 2 playoff games in 1999 and skated 20 games with Fort Wayne during 1999-00 scoring 15 goals and 30 points. Shafranov has appeared in a total of 161 IHL and UHL Komet games scoring 89 goals, 95 assists and 184 points.
Shafranov has appeared with Team Kazakhstan in World Championship competition in 1993, 1994, 1998, 2001 and 2006. He also skated with Team Kazakhstan in the 1998 and 2006 Olympics. Shafranov, 38, will be returning to North American hockey after skating 301 Russian Elite league games the last 7 seasons posting a total of 114 goals, 172 assists and 286 points.
The Komets also announced the addition of 3 more rookies to the preseason roster. Defensemen Jamie Dowhayko and Randy Upshall and forward Evgeny Saidachev have inked agreements.
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