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Tailing the Komets

Komets add two to roster

From a Komets' press release:

The Komets added two players to the training camp roster today.  Added were forwards Tristan King and Paul McIlveen.   

King, 22, is a fourth-year pro.  The center made his pro debut appearing in 11 AHL games with Texas and 24 ECHL games with Idaho during 2010-11.  In 2011-12 he skated ECHL stints with Idaho, Greenville and Ontario.  Last season the Elk River, Minnesota native split the season with Idaho and San Francisco.  King has been assigned to Fort Wayne by the NHL's Dallas Stars.  King has registered ECHL totals of 43 goals and 100 points in 126 games.

McIlveen (MAC-ilveen), 27, has signed a tryout agreement with the Komets and will be entering his seventh pro season.  The Waterloo, Ontario native began his pro career with South Carolina in the ECHL 2007-08.  McIlveen appeared in three AHL games during 2008-09 with Norfolk and Binghamton before skating 2009-10 in Europe.  In 2010-11 the forward returned to the ECHL sharing stints among Greenville, Cincinnati and Utah.  McIlveen posted a career high 30 goals, 37 assists and 67 points in 62 games during 2011-12 with Utah before an injury-shortened season of nine games last year with the Grizzlies.  McIlveen has posted ECHL totals of 79 goals, 159 points and 235 penalty minutes in 248 games.


Fri, 10/04/2013 - 2:29pm

This is going to be the most competitive training camp in years! These two recent addtitions are just huge. There are going to be some tough choices cutting this roster down and some very good players let go in the process. I can't wait for the 19th!

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 2:37pm

Would somebody please enlighten me on exactly what a tryout agreement is?  I know it's obvious if you take the wording literally, but why now and for what reason did they sign him to this.  It seemed like a big deal to have him here so why not just a regular ECHL contract?  Injuries??  No contract is guaranteed so I'm ignorant of the distinction.

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 2:42pm

do either one of these...or both ( King or Mcllveen) fill up the 4th veteran  spot thats been open?


also Ditto WF

Blake Sebring
Fri, 10/04/2013 - 4:10pm

No, they do not. Tryout agreement in this fashion is usually a formality until the final paperwork comes in type of thing.

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 4:27pm

Thanks.  That brings some sense to it.

On the ECHL website they have listed training camp rosters for each team.  For Fort Wayne they have listed only seven defensemen, have omitted King ( I'm sure because his signing was just announced, but then again, they included McIlveen) and did not list Cody Reichard even though Saalfrank was there.

Blake Sebring
Fri, 10/04/2013 - 7:29pm

Alan, you would die with some of these teams who haven't announced any signings yet.

Sat, 10/05/2013 - 3:06am

Yes, you're probably correct.  I have a remarkable sense of being impatient when common sense isn't demonstrated. 

Idaho, Ontario, South Carolina, Toledo, and Utah had no training camp roster listed (even though we know they have players signed).  Now the league had some sort of reason to publish these rosters.  Apparently it was voluntary per team.  Again, it doesn't make sense that some teams submitted their list and other teams don't.

As far as the Komets, according to the ECHL transactions for October 4th, they list Hartman (the missing D I mentioned) and Reichard as added to the training camp roster.  They note that King was acquired and sent here by Dallas (NHL).  I believe that completes the Komets roster list for now anyway).

Its always good to tie up everything in nice, neat, complete bundles.  Don't you agree?