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Tailing the Komets

Roster moves

The Komets announced Monday that defenseman Bobby Phillips has agreed to terms and will return to the Turner Cup Champion Fort Wayne Komets for 2010-11.

Phillips, 24, skated 66 games last year netting two goals and adding 14 assists for 16 points in his pro debut after a four-year stint with Mercyhurst College in the NCAA.   He was also named IHL Rookie of the Week for the week ending Jan. 10.

Phillips appeared in all 12 playoff games en route to the IHL Turner Cup Championship contributing an assist and two penalty minutes.

The Komets also announced Monday that defenseman Kevin Bertram and left winger Konstantin Shafranov will not be returning. 

Bertram, 33, is a veteran of eight seasons, seven with the Komets.  He retired after six games of the 2004-05 season and became a member of Fort Wayne Fire Department.  Bertram decided to lace the skates up again in 2007 and after a three-year layoff, skated with the Komets for three additional seasons and three straight league championships to add to his Fort Wayne championship of 2003.  He was the Komets' Defenseman of the Year for 2001-02 and Unsung Hero for 2007-08.  Bertram was also named the Komets' Unsung Hero for 2008-09 with P.C. Drouin.  Bertram's Fort Wayne career consisted of 387 regular season games with 23 goals, 75 assists for 98 points and 944 penalty minutes.  

Shafranov, 41, became a huge Fort Wayne fan favorite during three separate stints with the Komets starting in 1995-96.  The forward returned in 1997-98 for a full season in Fort Wayne before returning to Russia for 1998-99.  Shafranov returned to appear in two Fort Wayne playoff games in 1999 and complete parts of three seasons with the Komets in the old International Hockey League.  Shafranov followed with 20 games with Fort Wayne during the Komets' inaugural 1999-00 UHL season.  After eight seasons of play in the Russian elite league, Shafranov returned to Fort Wayne and skated the final three seasons of his career winning three straight IHL championships.  Shafranov becomes one of only two players to have encompassed all three leagues the Komets have been members of over their 58-year history.  Defenseman Guy Dupuis shares that distinction with Shafranov.  Shafranov also shares the accolade of the longest goal-scoring streak by a Fort Wayne player with Merv Dubchak and John Purves.  Shafranov scored at least one goal per game totaling 13 goals over a span of eight straight games during his first season with Fort Wayne in 1995-96.    

The Komets will begin training camp the week of Oct. 4 and expect to open their 59th consecutive season the weekend of Oct. 16.  The Komets will continue to be a member of the International Hockey League and participate in the Central Hockey League under the CHL moniker.   As announced by the IHL and CHL June 1, both leagues have joined forces for the upcoming campaign.  The circuit will consist of 13 CHL teams and five IHL teams for an 18-team coalition.

Posted in: Komets


Wed, 06/30/2010 - 12:33pm

Patrosso and Naurato? have been added to the team. Good moves. Patrosso is a pesky little turd.

Wed, 06/30/2010 - 1:09pm

He needs to watch out for Haun's stick swings!

Wed, 06/30/2010 - 1:10pm

Assuming Haun will be back.

Wed, 06/30/2010 - 8:17pm

BLB, you deserve an award for that post. Thought I was going to die laughing. Glad I wasn't drinking anything.....

Great idea Wendy. They could promote red-headed hockey chicks and not one, not two, but three rivers for your recreational enjoyment.

Rob ++

Blueline Baby
Wed, 06/30/2010 - 9:14pm

Steve, thank you....my humor is not for everyone. Glad you picked up on it.

And promoting the redheaded hockey chicks? Hmmm....Wendy, you ought to get right on that!

Thu, 07/01/2010 - 12:49am

Don't make me photoshop you, BLB. ;)

Thu, 07/01/2010 - 2:56am

Please Wendy do.

Blueline Baby
Fri, 07/02/2010 - 3:40pm

LOL....just caught these later posts....hilarious!! And we can't publish me....Patrosso already has a bounty out for me after the playoffs. Crap, now we signed him?! Man, I gotta stop shooting my mouth off to opposing team players....LOL....

tim hoke
Fri, 07/02/2010 - 8:59pm

Blueline that Jabba comment was sooooooooo funny! Redheaded hockey chicks in bikinis h
mmmmmmmm I would pay to see that!!

Fri, 07/02/2010 - 11:40pm


Now where's my money?

Blueline Baby
Sat, 07/03/2010 - 9:38am

LOL....thank God, you had me worried for a minute there....then I remembered, you have no bikini photos of me! (there's a good reason for that...no way to blackmail me with them later on...)

tim hoke
Sat, 07/03/2010 - 10:50am

Wendy nice picture there, but where are the other two? The check is in the mail! You fill in the amount.

Sat, 07/03/2010 - 6:18pm

If I had proper photo editting software, I'd have posted them too. BLB, I turned my brother into Qui-Gon Jinn. I think I can handle putting you in a bikini. ;)

Hit Somebody!!!
Sat, 07/03/2010 - 8:33pm

Just don't put Blake or Burgee in a bikini, or Hoke or Shebig for that matter.....

Sun, 07/04/2010 - 1:37am

No? But Schebig is just begging for a pink polka dot bikini with ruffles.

Sun, 07/04/2010 - 5:40am

I vote for BLB in a bikini=since I never got my "animal fund" / Carwin beat the "stuff" out of lesner, just got cought in a choke. / $37.87 per Komet ticket this year :(

Five Minute Major
Sun, 07/04/2010 - 8:42am

BLB, what are we all gonna do if DiPace winds up in a K's jersey? Mom's gonna have to come up with a new nickname for him! And there's no bikini pictures of this red-headed hockey chick either, that's waaay too much paleness to put on display. :)

Blueline Baby
Sun, 07/04/2010 - 9:07am

LOL....uh-oh....I did not realize we were voting for who to put in bikinis. Um....HitSomebody, are you a redhead? I vote for you!! LOL....

Blueline Baby
Sun, 07/04/2010 - 9:13am

And FMM, you're right....if we start signing everyone your mom and I have yelled at or given nicknames to....we are in trouble. Me especially. Muskegon's Robinson almost came over the glass the one night when I asked him if it was past his bedtime....some people just have no sense of humor! (of course, most of that team heard from me, so we better not sign too many of them!) I may have to hire a bodyguard for a while beginning in September....

Mon, 07/05/2010 - 12:52am

Past his bedtime, huh? That would have worked well for a lot of the refs we had last season. I wasn't sure if some of them were old enough to drive yet.