The Komets announced Tuesday the addition of five forwards to the 2013-14 roster. Last year's team MVP Brandon Marino has agreed to terms for the upcoming campaign. Fan favorite Kaleigh Schrock has also inked an agreement along with forwards Mickey Lang, Matthew Larke and Kyle Bochek.
Marino, 27, will be starting his second season with the Komets and fifth as a pro. The Riverside, Calif., native posted a career-high 54 assists last season while leading the Komets with 74 points in 71 games. In addition to being named the K's Most Valuable Player, Marino also received Fort Wayne's Mr. Hustle Award for the year. Marino also made his American Hockey League debut last season, appearing in one game with the Norfolk Admirals.
Schrock, 28, is entering his fifth pro year, all with Fort Wayne. He began his pro career when he joined the Komets for the 2009-10 IHL season and collected his first league championship while being named the Komets' Rookie of the Year. Schrock won a second league title in 2011-12 with the Komets before making his ECHL debut with the K's last season. The right winger scored 10 goals last year and added 10 assists for 20 points while accumulating a career high 168 penalty minutes.
Lang, 26, led Quad City of the Central Hockey League last season with career highs of 41 goals (second in the CHL), 42 assists, 83 points (fourth in the CHL) and +20 in 64 regular season games. The center led CHL special teams with 11 game-winning goals and six short-handed tallies. The Hillsdale, N.J., native also made his AHL debut last season appearing in one game with the Rockford IceHogs. Lang was honored with a spot on the 2012-13 CHL All-Star Team and was named to the All-CHL Team. 2013-14 will be Lang's third pro season as he makes his ECHL debut with Fort Wayne.
Larke, 26, will be skating his fourth pro season this year when he dons the Komet jersey in October. The Oxford, Mich., native made his pro debut in 2010-11 with Dayton in the CHL where he appeared for two seasons. Last year, Larke ranked third with Bloomington in the CHL scoring a career high 47 points (19 goals, 28 assists) in 53 games. 2013-14 will be Larke's his first season in the ECHL.Bochek (pronounced BOE-check), 25, will also debut in the ECHL this season as a member of the Komets. The Port Severn, Ontario native has appeared in the CHL the last four seasons. Bochek started his pro career with Missouri in 2009-10 before skating two seasons (2010-11, 2011-12) with the Dayton Gems, where he led in penalty minutes each year. The fifth-year pro skated 55 games with Bloomington last year, scoring 12 goals, 37 points and 121 penalty minutes.
The Komets' 2013-14
Previously announced were forward Matt Firman and defenseman Mathieu Gagnon.
The Komets will open 2013-14 at home against the Toledo Walleye on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. The Komets' 62nd season in Fort Wayne features 36 home games while 36 road games are on the docket. View the entire 72-game schedule here
Komet Hockey Season tickets for 2013-14 are on sale at the Komets office,1010 Memorial Way in Fort Wayne. For ticket information, visit komets.com