FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Fort Wayne Komets announced Tuesday the addition of three defensemen to the 2013-14 roster. Simon Danis-Pepin has been acquired from the San Francisco Bulls of the ECHL for future considerations and Nik Pokulok has agreed to terms. Jeremy Gates has re-signed with Fort Wayne for his second pro year.
Danis-Pepin, 25, split stints last season between Orlando and San Francisco in the ECHL. The 6-foot, 7-inch, 240-pound defenseman completed the year skating 61 games with the Bulls scoring three goals and 10 points while accumulating 61 penalty minutes. Danis-Pepin was selected by Chicago in round 2 of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft while a member of the University of Maine Black Bears. The Montreal, Quebec native captained Maine in 2008-09 while leading defensemen with 13 assists in his final college year. Danis-Pepin made his pro debut in 2009-10 when he began a three-year stretch of splitting seasons in the AHL and ECHL with Rockford and Toledo.
Pokulok , 23, will be starting his first full year as a pro. The 6-foot, 5-inch defensemen made his pro debut last season skating six regular season games with Stockton before appearing in all 23 Thunder playoff games and advancing to the Kelly Cup Finals. The Vaudreuil, Quebec native completed four season with Clarkson University last year before joining Stockton.
Gates, 25, will be returning to the Komet blue line after making his pro start with with Fort Wayne where he skated a total of 17 games last season scoring a goal and four points. The Jackson, Mich. native also appeared in 15 Central Hockey League games with Bloomington and 28 SPHL games at Pensacola during his first pro year. Gates returned to Pensacola for the Ice Flyers’ successful run for the SPHL Presidents’ Cup appearing in seven playoff games contributing two assists.