Komets sign three defensemen


Fort Wayne, Ind. – The Fort Wayne Komets announced that three defensemen have been added to the roster for 2014-15. William Lacasse and Matthew Maione have each re-signed for a second season with Fort Wayne while Drew Daniels has agreed to terms and will join the Fort Wayne lineup.

Lacasse, who will turn 27 in August, began last season playing six games with Bloomington in the SPHL before skating 60 games and posting 10 points (1g-9a) and ranking third on the team with a +13. The Saint-Pie, Quebec native made his pro debut in 2012-13 appearing in ECHL stints with Greenville, Idaho and San Francisco. The 2014-15 seaosn will be the defenseman’s third pro year after he has posted 15 points (3g-12a) and 83 penalty minutes in 93 career ECHL games.

Maione, 23, made his pro debut with Fort Wayne last season scoring three assists in 11 games before dishing four assists in 11 playoff games. The Toronto, Ontario native completed four seasons with the University of Prince Edward Island (CIS) last year and led the Panthers with 16 assists and a +7 while topping defensemen with 19 points in 28 games.

Daniels, 25, started last season with Cincinnati recording seven points (1g-6a) in 44 games before finishing the year appearing in 13 games with Utah. The Suffern, N.Y. native was selected by the San Jose Sharks in the seventh round (194th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He played three seasons with Northeastern University before making his pro debut in 2012-13 with Allen in the Central Hockey League. Daniels helped Allen win the 2013 CHL Championship appearing in 12 playoff games.