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Tailing the Komets

This must be the mystery man

The Komets announced Thursday that veteran defenseman Jason Beckett has been added to the preseason roster.

Beckett, 28, played last season in Austria where he posted 16 goals and 39 points in 40 games with EC Salzburg while leading the team with 130 penalty minutes.

Prior to his 2007-08 European stint Beckett skated six seasons in the American Hockey League. The Fort Macleod, Alberta native has appeared in stints with Trenton, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Houston, Syracuse and Grand Rapids accumulating 11 goals, 42 points and 480 penalty minutes in 238 AHL games.

"Jason Beckett is a player Al Sims has tried to sign the last two summers," said Komet's general manager David Franke. "Beckett's agent, Mark Feinsod, worked very hard with us to get Jason a two-way contract with Norfolk of the AHL. Jason will attend Norfolk's training camp and if he does not make the Norfolk team he will play in Fort Wayne and be available for call-up to Norfolk during the season."

Beckett, six-foot-three and 216 pounds, was selected by Philadelphia in round two of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. His first pro season was with the AHL Philadelphia Phantoms in 2000-01. 2008-09 will be Beckett's eighth pro season.

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Thu, 09/04/2008 - 12:25pm

This guy looks like a heck of a player. Good luck to him in Norfolk.

Thu, 09/04/2008 - 5:25pm


Stopped at the Coliseum today and got to see the new scoreboard. It's about the same design as the previous except for the new top and bottom round pieces. But the graphics are unbelievable. They were playing the movie "Cars" on it and I felt like I was at a drive in movie in high def. Can't wait to play around with it.

Fri, 09/05/2008 - 2:56pm

I'm looking forward to seeing the new scoreboard in action. It looks like it will be able to do a lot of cool things. I just hope that the MC installs some new goal lights. The old red and green lights are difficult to see depending on where you sit.

The signing of Beckett will make the defensive pairings interesting. Any word on another goalie and if the Potts kid will get a tryout?