Komets re-sign Szydlowski

Fort Wayne, Ind.- The Fort Wayne Komets announced that veteran Shawn Szydlowski has agreed to terms and will return to the Fort Wayne lineup for 2016-17.

The Komets are the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Colorado Avalanche and the American Hockey League’s San Antonio Rampage.

Szydlowski, 26, was voted team MVP for 2015-16 and was the Komets’ scoring leader for the second consecutive season, posting team highs of 25 goals and 75 points while dishing a career high 50 assists. The veteran right winger led the Komets in the playoffs scoring 19 points (10g-9a) in 16 games.

Szydlowski’s highlights of the year also included a natural hat trick when he scored three goals in a span of 5:02 in a 5-1 win over Brampton on Dec. 19, a five-assist game March 12 at Alaska, named the ECHL Player of the Month for March and was named to the All-ECHL Second Team.

The St. Clair Shores, Mich. native made his pro debut skating two AHL games with Portland in 2010-11 after completing four years of OHL play with the Erie Otters. Szydlowski made his Fort Wayne debut in 2013-14 when he was assigned to the Komets by Rochester of the AHL. He was voted Fort Wayne’s Most Improved Player for the year before leading the Komets in the playoffs with six goals and 11 points.

The 2016-17 season will be Szydlowski’s fourth season with the Komets and sixth as a pro. The skater has totaled 175 points (74g-101a) in 182 career regular-season games with Fort Wayne.