Evansville, IN – The Evansville IceMen and Head Coach Al Sims have announced the team has re-signed goaltender Branden Komm while adding forwards J.P. Labardo and Stephen Pierog for the 2015-16 season.
The IceMen are the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Ottawa Senators and the American Hockey League’s Binghamton Senators.
The 24-year-old Komm returns to Evansville after appearing in 20 games for the IceMen last year. The Williamsville, N.Y. native posted a 3.36 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage. As a first year professional, Komm also appeared in one game with the Cincinnati Cyclones. He played four years of college hockey at Bentley University enjoying his best college year as a senior in 2013-14 when he had a record of 19-12-4 with a 2.46 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage.
Labardo comes to the IceMen after appearing in 54 games last season for the Gwinnett Gladiators where he tallied 17 points (10g-7a). His previous professional experience was at the end of the 2012-13 season when he appeared in four games for the Fort Wayne Komets. During the 2013-14 season, he briefly returned to the college ranks, suiting up for the University of New Brunswick. Prior to starting his professional career in Fort Wayne, Labardo played five seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with Guelph, Oshawa and Erie. His breakout season came during the 2012-13 campaign with the Erie Otters when he scored 62 points (24g-38a) in 67 games.
Pierog joins the IceMen following four years in the Ontario Hockey League playing for Peterborough, Guelph and Sarnia. In 263 OHL games, the 21-year-old centerman scored 95 points (56g-39a). His best OHL season was in 2012-13 when he tallied 35 points (19g-16) in 67 games for the Peterborough Petes. Last year with the Sarnia Sting, Pierog tallied 32 points (10g-22a) in 48 games.