Komets strengthen blue line with Tuzzolino, Olson


Fort Wayne, Ind. – The
Fort Wayne Komets announced Tuesday that defensemen Nick Tuzzolino and Drew Olson have been added to the 2013-14 preseason roster.

Tuzzolino, 27, will be entering his seventh pro year and it will be his second stint with Fort Wayne. The 6-foot, 6-inch defenseman made his pro debut with the Komets when he appeared in six games during 2006-07 while a member of the Sarnia Sting in the Ontario Hockey League.

Selected by the New York Islanders in the seventh round (196th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Tuzzolino skated his first complete pro season with Flint in the International Hockey League in 2007-08 scoring career highs of 10 goals, 34 assists and 44 points. In 2008-09 he made his ECHL debut with Alaska and has skated in the ECHL the past five consecutive seasons. Last season, Tuzzolino led Utah defensemen with 31 assists, fifth among defensemen in the ECHL, and 36 points. He also led ECHL defensemen with 21 power-play assists while ranking fifth in the league with 160 penalty minutes. Tuzzolino capped the year by being named to the All-ECHL Second Team.

Olson, 23, completed four seasons of college play last year with the University of Minnesota-Duluth in the WCHA scoring 21 points (3g-18a) and adding 109 penalty minutes in 147 games. The Brainerd, Minn. native helped Minnesota-Duluth to the NCAA Championship in 2010-11.

Olson also made his pro debut last season scoring an assist in five AHL games with the Peoria Rivermen. The defenseman was selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the fourth round (118th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.