FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Fort Wayne Komets announced Tuesday that they have bolstered the offense and defense of the 2012-13 preseason roster with the additions of last year’s Central Hockey League MVP Brandon Marino and veteran defenseman Tyler Butler.
Marino, 26, will be joining his teammate of the past two seasons in Quad City, Eric Giosa, as a member of the reigning 2012 CHL Champion Fort Wayne Komets when the puck drops in October. Marino, the 2012 CHL All-Star Game MVP, led the CHL in 2011-12 with a career best 41 goals in 65 games and capped the year as league MVP. The right winger led the Mallards with career highs of 49 assists and 90 points and led Quad City’s special teams with 13 power play goals and 22 power play assists. The Riverside, Calif. native will be entering his fourth career year since his pro debut with Quad City in 2009.
Butler, 32, skated the past two seasons with Arizona of the CHL. Butler served as Sundogs’ captain last year while leading Arizona defensemen with 10 goals, 29 assists, 39 points and 111 penalty minutes appearing in all 66 games. The Kanata, Ontario native has skated seven of nine pro seasons in the CHL. Butler played two AHL games with Peoria during 2005-06 while a member of the UHL’s Missouri River Otters.