Leonard, Baptista re-sign with Komets

Fort Wayne, Ind. – The Fort Wayne Komets announced that the team has re-signed defenseman Curtis Leonard and forward Mason Baptista for the 2016-17 season.

Leonard, 23, started last season with Reading, appearing in three games before being acquired by the Komets. The Napanee, Ontario native skated 10 games with the Komets scoring an assist and eight penalty minutes before being traded to Evansville. Leonard finished his rookie pro year skating 39 games with the IceMen scoring seven points (`1g-6a). Leonard made his pro debut at the end of 2014-15, logging five games with Reading and one AHL game with Rochester after completing a four-year collegiate career with R.P.I. While a member of R.P.I., Leonard was selected twice to the All-Academic Team and led defensemen in points in each of his last two college seasons.

Baptista, 26, will be entering his second full pro year after skating 47 games last season with Wichita before adding 15 games with Fort Wayne. In 2014-15, the North York, Ontario native completed four seasons with St. Norbert College where he won two National Championships. Baptista also led the Green Knights with 26 assists and 34 points during 2014-15 and was named a Second Team All-American and All-Conference player before making his pro debut scoring two goals and three points in four ECHL games with Quad City.