Archive for August, 2006

Here’s the signings

August 31, 2006

Rugged winger Pascal Morency
agrees to terms
A.J. Bozoian returns for second season


Fort Wayne, IN — The Komets
announced Thursday that 6 players have been added to the pre-season roster. Winger Pascal Morency and defenseman A.J.
Bozoian along with rookies Dan McWhinney (G), Jean-Simon Richard (C), Martin
Gascon (C) and Adam Blanchette (D) have agreed to terms for 2006-07.

Morency, 24, will be entering his 4th year as a pro. The
right winger played his first pro season in 2003-04 with Flint in the UHL
scoring 8 goals, 14 points and a UHL second best 248 penalty minutes in 51
games. Morency skated the past two seasons in Wheeling of the ECHL posting 9
goals, 20 points and 326 penalty minutes in 70 total games. The Montreal, Quebec
native led Wheeling in 2004-05 with 252 penalty minutes.

Bozoian will be returning for his 2nd season with the
Komets. Bozoian, 24, started his career last season skating 7 games with Motor
City in the UHL before being acquired by the Komets. The blueliner appeared in
48 Komet games scoring 3 goals, 8 points and 28 penalty minutes. Bozoian is a
native of Brownstown, Michigan and played 2 seasons in the NCAA in stints with
Niagara University and Wayne State University.

Goaltender McWhinney, 21, is
coming off 3 seasons of Junior competition. Last season McWhinney appeared in 38
games with Stouffville of the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League (OPJAHL)
registering 20 wins and a 2.65 goals-against average. McWhinney also was named
the 2005-06 OPJAHL North Division MVP and backstopped Stouffville to the 2006
OPJAHL finals with 18 wins and a 2.60 goals-against average in post-season

Richard skated 3 seasons in the
Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) with Oswego State from 2002 to 2005.
During 2004-05 Richard posted 13 goals and 31 points in his last season with
Oswego State. Richard, 23, skated last season with Louiseville of the Canadian
senior circuit LHSPAA (11g, 35pts).

Gascon, 25, skated 3 seasons with
Dalhousie University (CIS) from 2002 to 2005 and will be entering his first year
as a pro. During 2004-05, his last season at Dalhousie, the rookie forward
scored 5 goals and 24 points in 28 games.

Blanchette, 20, completed 3
seasons of QMJHL play last year finishing with Gatineau scoring 2 assists and 42
penalty minutes in 26 games.

With today’s addition of 6
players the Komet’s pre-season roster increases to 17 players including 10
forwards, 5 defensemen and 2 goaltenders.

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Check this out

August 31, 2006







August 30, 2006   – Sault This Week
graduate Dan McWhinney, the Sault Ste. Marie goalie who didn’t start
playing the position until he was 16-years old, is taking advantage of
an opportunity to turn pro this season rather than attend New York’s
Oswego University on an NCAA scholarship.
Since being scouted at a reality television show hockey camp earlier
this month, McWhinney received invites to attend eight minor pro hockey
camps in the fall and has settled on playing for the Fort Wayne Komets
after the United Hockey League team offered him a contract.
The 21-year old McWhinney recently took part in a reality hockey
television show series that will be aired beginning on Sept. 23.
"Making The Cut: Last Man Standing" was part of an invite camp process
that looked at 400 minor hockey players from across Canada.
McWhinney was then one of 38 finalists – including four goalies –
chosen to be part of the taping for the 22-episode series, which will
be aired on Global TV starting with the Sept. 23 episode.
Among those who took in "Making The Cut: Last Man Standing" was Mike
Keenan, general manager of the National Hockey League’s Florida
At any rate, so impressive was McWhinney at the "Making The Cut" camp,
which was held in Vernon, B.C. – he received positive feedback from
Keenan and Panthers’ director of hockey operations Jack Birch – that he
decided to turn pro rather than go the NCAA route with Oswego.
McWhinney then tendered the services of Dave Maciuk, a Chicago-based
player agent and Sault Ste. Marie native, who helped the young goalie
hook up with Fort Wayne.
McWhinney will report to Fort Wayne’s camp on Oct. 2 and battle veteran
Kevin St. Pierre for playing time with the Komets, who are part of the
11-team UHL which features several Michigan franchises including ones
in Flint, Muskegon, Port Huron and Kalamazoo.
Going to Fort Wayne to play pro following his participation in "Making
The Cut" is the latest chapter in McWhinney’s startling ascent as a
goalie. A forward as a minor hockey player in the Sault, McWhinney
started playing goal at age 16 when his high school hockey team at
White Pines needed a backup tender.
He then progressed to become the starting goalie at White Pines before
moving up to play Jr. B with Terrace Bay of the North of Superior
Hockey League and then two seasons of Jr. A with Stouffville of the
Ontario Provincial Hockey League. With Stouffville in ’05-06, McWhinney
led his upstart team to the league finals, playing in 31 straight
playoff games.
"It’s really unbelievable how all of this has worked out," said
McWhinney. "There’s been a ton of little quirks for me this past year.
The hockey gods are on my side."

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Will this help your fears?

August 30, 2006

When the Komets announce the signing of Pascal Morency tomorrow, which I fully expect them to do, will that help alleviate some of your fears about team toughness? That gives them two guys, along with Bruce Richardson, who will fight with anybody. To my thinking, that’s two guys to build on and allow the Komets to take their time finding the right superheavyweight. They probably still need one more, but those are two very good pieces to start which who can both play a regular shift as well. I think they are probably still looking for a big, bruising defenseman and an extra forward type. If they can do that, it would give them a very nice balance of toughness and skill.

I’m not so much concerned about the size factor either because I don’t see any other teams that are that big, either right now. Looks to me like this team will have some flexibility as regards to style of play.

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Bruce Ramsay is the new Fury coach

August 30, 2006

Gosh, where did we hear this first I wonder?

I could not be more happier for Bruce. He’s worked very hard for this opportunity and he’ll do a great job. It’s the perfect spot for him because he knows the area, the team and he’s a winner. He’s going to be a great coach in this league.

Congratulations Rammer!

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More stuff

August 29, 2006

Komets General Manager David Franke said discussions with Pascal Morency are going well. The team is close to signing defenseman A.J. Bozoian and a rookie goaltender, possibly to be announced Thursday, and Matt Elich has turned down the Komets’ final offer and will likely play in Italy.

As for the rumors with Chaulk, he is prohibited under UHL rules of coming back any time this season because he has started the season in Europe. So, let’s please move on to different rumors.

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Updates, we’ve got updates

August 24, 2006

From Komets GM David Franke:

* They are hoping to get 25 goals off the second line from Voorhees who is supposed to be a great locker room guy who can fly and has a pretty decent shot.

* O’Connell is supposed to be a very good skater who didn’t play last year because of an inner ear problem.

* They can’t come close to matching what Mario Larocoque wants so he won’t be here this year. Franke said he’s asking for $2,000 a week which is what he made last year in Danbury.

* They are looking at some younger kids who can also play for toughness. "We want to have team toughness and we’re working toward that end. We
have a couple of guys on the team who will be able to drop them and go but they
have to be able to play, too. You have to have somebody that can play.
We’re hovering in on a couple of guys right now that will bring
that element to us. We’ll end up with some physical players here who can get the job

* They are still talking to Matt Elich’s agent.

*  Kevin Reiter is trying to get  a tryout in the ECHL.

* MacMillan signed with Columbia , ECHL and Berry in the CHL.

*  Komets are close to a deal with A.J. Bazoian.

* The Komets are going to get a defenseman from Hershey of the AHL. They already have someone in mind and the deal is done. If that player makes Hershey’s roster,  then  Hershey will  find the Komets  another defenseman.

*  Ryan Jorde didn’t like the Komets’ offer and  the Komets haven’t heard back from him in two weeks.

*  They should be ready to announce the signing of two  or three players middle of next week.

*  Komets are talking to Pascal Mourency.

* Komets have not heard back from Jamie Milam.

*  Matt Hunter is not calling Pat Bingham back.

With the player from Hershey, the Komets have 12 players on the roster and if they sign 2-3 next week, they’ll be in great shape for this time of the summer. The biggest needs are toughness that can play, back-up goaltender, a second-line center and two or three rookies, all of which should be very doable. There’s also a good chance some guys will be dropping into training camp — the same as happens every year.

I think there will be a lot of guys coming in
here later in September,” Franke said, “and some kids from the Coast. We already know there are
some ECHL teams who have over-recruited and won’t have enough spots.”

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With so many veterans leaving

August 24, 2006

How concerned are you with the overall level of play in the league? It looks to me like it could drop considerably which could be quite noticeable after the improvement over the past five years. What do you think?

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Bogie signs with Columbus

August 22, 2006

Blue Jackets Sign Center Eric Boguniecki

Boguniecki has tallied 34-42-76 in 167 career NHL games
with Florida, St. Louis and Pittsburgh


The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed center Eric Boguniecki (pronounced
BOH-guhn-ih-kee) to a two-way National Hockey League – American Hockey League
contract, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced Tuesday. As
is club policy, terms were not disclosed.


Boguniecki, 31, is a veteran of 167 career NHL games and has netter 34 goals
and 42 assists for 76 points with 97 penalty minutes and a cumulative plus/minus
rating of plus-14 with Florida, St. Louis and Pittsburgh. He spent the 2005-06
season with St. Louis and Pittsburgh and accumulated 6-10-16 with 33 penalty
minutes in 47 games.


The New Haven, Conn., native spent parts of eight seasons in the AHL/IHL and
tallied 151-182-333 and 664 penalty minutes in 335 games. He played under Blue
Jackets head coach Gerard Gallant when Gallant was an assistant coach with the
Fort Wayne Komets during the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons, as well as with the
Louisville Panthers during the 1999-2000 season.


After posting 30-40-70 with 156 penalty minutes in 73 games during the
2000-01 season with Louisville and Worcester, Boguniecki won the Les Cunningham
Plaque as the AHL’s Most Valuable Player. In 2001-02, he netted 38-46-84 and 181
penalty minutes and was named to the AHL All-Star first team. He also
represented the United States at the 2000 World Championships and had 0-1-1 and
two penalty minutes in seven games.


Originally signed as a free agent by the Florida Panthers on July 7, 1999,
Boguniecki played four seasons with the University of New Hampshire. He recorded
78-91-169 and 232 penalty minutes in 142 games for the Wildcats and was named to
the 1996-97 Hockey East All-Star team his senior year.

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This is from Tony

August 18, 2006


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August 16, 2006

10-year pro Daniel Goneau agrees to terms
Kelly Miller re-signs


Fort Wayne, IN — The Komets announced Tuesday that veteran skaters Daniel
Goneau and Kelly Miller have agreed to terms for 2006-07.

Goneau (guh-NOW), 30, is a 10-year pro with NHL
experience. The left winger was chosen by New York in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft
and appeared in 53 games with the Rangers over 3 seasons from 1996 to 2000
registering 13 goals and 15 points while adding 14 penalty minutes. Goneau also
offers AHL experience of 244 games (73g, 152pts) in stints with Binghamton,
Hartford, Hershey and Lowell. He was a member of the 2000 AHL Calder Cup
Champion Hartford Wolf Pack. Recently Goneau led Fife (BNL, France) with 37
assists and 59 points during the 2003-04 season and was selected a BNL All-Star.
During the 2004-05 season Goneau led Epinal (French league) with 15 assists and
25 points in 25 games.

"We’re very fortunate to have
Danny. He’s a veteran with a tremendous amount of experience which includes
playing for the New York Rangers," Komet head coach Pat Bingham said. "He brings
skill and speed and with the new rule changes and the game opening up he’s going
to be an impact player for us." Last season the Montreal, Quebec native appeared
in 52 games with Laval of the LNAH scoring 23 goals and 62 points. Goneau skated
with recently signed Komet Bruce Richardson in Louisiana in the ECHL during
2002-03 posting a career high 43 assists, 64 points and 102 penalty minutes in
48 games.

Miller, 27, will be starting his 3rd season with
the Komets. Last season the veteran center posted 12 goals, 30 points and 92
penalty minutes in 56 games. Miller registered 2 3-point games, scored 4 game
winning goals and was one of the top Komets in the shootout with 6 goals out of
10 attempts. "Kelly adds the diversity of speed, good hands and an aggressive
style which fits perfectly with coach Bingham’s game plan," commented general
manager David Franke.

The Toledo native joined Fort
Wayne in December after starting 2005-06 as an assistant coach with the Alpena
IceDiggers (juniors) of the North American Hockey League. Miller, a 2004 UHL
All-Star while a member of the Rockford IceHogs, was awarded the Komet’s "Mr.
Hustle Award" for 2005-06 and will be entering his 7th pro year.

"We’re building our team around
speed and skill," added Bingham. "We’re fortunate to have both Danny and Kelly
on our team."

The addition of Goneau and Miller
brings the Komet offense up to 5 skaters including Bruce Richardson, Jonathan
Goodwin and David Hukalo. The Komet defense includes Guy Dupuis, Mike
Dombkiewicz and Kevin Hansen. Veteran goaltender Kevin St. Pierre rounds out the
Komet roster at 9 players to date.

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