Fort Wayne, Ind. – The Fort Wayne Komets announced that defenseman Bobby Shea has agreed to terms and will be returning to the Fort Wayne fold for 2017-18. Also, goaltender Alex Sakellaropoulos becomes the second goaltender to take a spot on the preseason roster and will be looking to make his pro debut with the Komets.
Shea appeared in 23 games with the Komets last season scoring 15 points (3g-12a) and adding 55 penalty minutes before adding an assist in three playoff games. The Harrison Township, Mich. native started the 2016-17 season skating in 10 American Hockey League games with Rochester.
The 27-year-old completed a four-year collegiate career with Bowling Green in 2012-13 leading the Falcons defensemen with 16 assists and 20 points. He capped the season by making his pro debut in four ECHL regular-season games with Reading before helping the Royals capture the Kelly Cup championship contributing three points (2g-1a) in 15 playoff games.
In 2013-14, Shea split the season with Toledo and Rockford while making his AHL debut with the IceHogs. Shea shared the 2014-15 season with the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs (24 games) and the Wheeling Nailers (36 games).
In 2015-16, Shea logged a career year skating 64 ECHL games with South Carolina and leading the Stingrays defense with 24 assists and 29 points while accumulating a team-high 180 penalty minutes. Shea also added three games to his AHL totals with Hershey.
Shea will be entering his fifth ECHL season when the puck drops on 2017-18. His ECHL career has yielded totals of 59 points (12g-47a), 367 penalty minutes and +19 in 146 regular season games. Shea has amassed AHL career totals of 13 points (4g-9a), 146 penalty minutes and +8 in 66 games.
Sakellaropoulos recently completed his four-year collegiate career at Union College. The 23-year-old also played two years of juniors with the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League from 2011-13, setting new team season records of 22 wins and 1,421 saves in 2012-13.
In 2013-14, the Tinley Park, Ill. native helped Union College take the ECAC regular-season title and NCAA National Championship in his freshman year.
Last season, Sakellaropoulos posted a college career best 22-6-2 record along with a 2.60 goals-against average and .916 save percentage. His 22 wins were the second-most wins all-time in a season for a Dutchman goaltender. Sakellaropoulos was nominated for the Mike Richter Award (Most Outstanding Goaltender in the NCAA) and was in the top three among those nominated for the Ken Dryden Award (Best goalie in the ECAC).