The Komets announced Thursday that goaltender Kevin Reiter, skaters Matt Reynolds, Brandon Warner, Dustin Hughes and defenseman John Pence have been added to the pre-season roster.
Reiter, 25, will be starting his 4th pro year. The netminder completed 4 seasons at the University of Alaska-Anchorage 2000-2004 before making his pro debut covering 2 seasons with Missouri in the UHL 2004-05 and 2005-06. Last season Reiter started the year appearing in 7 games with Phoenix in the ECHL before joining Laredo and taking the CHL Southeast Division title with a career high 2.33 goals-against-average in 25 games. In the post-season Reiter led the Bucks to the CHL finals.
Reynolds, 26, will be entering his 3rd pro year after skating the last 2 seasons in the CHL. The left winger appeared in 64 games with Fort Worth during his rookie season 2005-06 scoring 11 goals and 24 points while accumulating 127 penalty minutes. Last year Reynolds registered 17 goals, 45 points and 78 penalty minutes in 56 games with Rio Grande Valley. Prior to his pro debut, the Athens, Ontario native had a 5-year stint with York University of Canadian Internuniversity Sport (CIS).
Warner, 24, is a Fort Wayne area native. A versatile player, skating primarily defense but also forward, Warner became only the second Indiana native to join the Michigan State Spartan program, completing 4 seasons from 2003-04 thru 2006-07. Prior to MSU he spent 2 years (2001-2003) playing juniors with the Pittsburgh Forge of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) winning the Junior "A" national Championship in 2003. Warner is a graduate of Carroll High School in Fort Wayne and played for the Fort Wayne Midget "AAA" Komets 2000-01 registering 20 goals, 48 points and 182 penalty minutes in 59 games.
Hughes, 23, is entering his rookie season after completing the past 3 seasons at the University of Manitoba, CIS. During 2003-04 Hughes skated 4 games of NCAA play with Quinnipiac University and 25 Junior games with Selkirk capturing the MJHL playoff scoring title and playoff MVP award.
Pence, 23, made his rookie debut last year appearing in 16 games with Fresno, ECHL (1g, 1a, 4pim) after completing 4 seasons with the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, in the NCAA from 2003-2007.
The addition of Reiter, Reynolds, Warner, Hughes and Pence brings the Komet roster to 12 players including 6 forwards, 5 defenseman and 1 goaltender.