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Fort Wayne agrees to terms with Vaskivuo, Hauswirth


FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The
Fort Wayne Komets announced Monday that the club has agreed to terms with forwards Mike Vaskivuo and Jake Hauswirth for the 2013-14 season.

Vaskivuo, 27, made his Fort Wayne debut skating six games at the end of the 2011-12 Central Hockey League season, scoring two goals and nine points. The Helsinki, Finland native then led Fort Wayne to the 2012 Presidents’ Cup championship scoring team highs of 10 goals and 24 points and being named CHL Playoff MVP.

Vaskivuo made his pro debut appearing in 75 games with Dayton in the International Hockey League during the 2009-10 season. He led Dayton with career highs of 26 goals, 34 assists and 60 points the following season. Vaskivuo started 2011-12 skating 54 games with Rapid City in the CHL before being claimed off waivers by Fort Wayne. Last year, Vaskivuo appeared in 23 games in Europe with Grenoble of the French League, scoring 15 goals and 28 points.

Hauswirth, 25, will be entering his fifth pro year after serving stints in the AHL, ECHL and CHL over the past four campaigns. After winning the 2009 USHL Clark Cup Championship as a member of the Omaha Lancers, the 6-foot, 5-inch skater made his pro debut with South Carolina in the ECHL recording career highs of 17 goals, 27 assists and 44 points in 62 games during 2009-10.

Last season Hauswirth split the year with Arizona in the CHL and Ontario in the ECHL. The Houghton, Wis. native finished the year appearing in 10 playoff games with Ontario.