Komets re-sign two forwards, add three newcomers

Fort Wayne, Ind. – The
Fort Wayne Komets announced Tuesday the addition of five more players to the preseason roster. Returning to the Komet fold are forwards Chris Auger and John Dunbar. Also inking agreements are rookies Joe Hartman, Kyle Follmer and Scott Fleming.

Auger, 25, will be returning to the lineup after missing most of last season due to injury. The Belleville, Ontario native skated four games with the Komets last year tallying a goal and two points before an injury abruptly ended his abbreviated second season with the Komets. Auger made his pro debut with the Mississippi RiverKings of the Central Hockey League in 2010-11 before serving his second pro year with the Komets in 2011-12 when he led the K’s with 28 goals and scored Komet highs of 10 goals and +12 in 18 playoff games en route to the 2012 CHL Presidents’ Cup Championship. Auger was also named the Komets’ 2011-12 Rookie of the Year.

Dunbar, 22, will be back in Fort Wayne after splitting last season with the Komets and Pensacola (SPHL). The forward scored five goals and 10 points in 17 games with Fort Wayne. Dunbar amassed 11 goals and 23 points in 27 regular season games with the Ice Flyers before leading Pensacola to the SPHL Presidents’ Cup Championship with team highs of five assists and seven points in seven post-season games. Prior to turning pro, the Calgary, Alberta native skated four seasons with Calgary in the AJHL from 2007-2011, collecting All-Rookie honors in 2008-09 and earning All-Star status in 2009-10. Dunbar also appeared two seasons with Quinnipiac University (ECAC) before making his pro debut last season.

Hartman, 24, will make his pro start with the Komets when the puck drops on the 2013-14 season. The defenseman was selected a USHL All-Star in 2008-09 while a member of the 2009 Clark Cup Champion Indianapolis Ice. Last year Hartman finished four seasons of CCHA play at Miami University-Ohio where he led Redhawk defensemen his rookie season with seven assists. Hartman was also named to the NCAA All-Rookie Team and named Redhawk Rookie of the Year while helping Miami to the 2009-10 NCAA regular season championship. The St. Cloud, Minn. native also claimed the 2011 Mason Cup Championship before helping Miami to his second NCAA regular season title last year to complete his four-year college run.

Follmer, 25, will also make his pro debut with the Komets this year. The St. Paul, Minn. native completed four seasons of CCHA play with Northern Michigan last year scoring college totals of 15 goals, 52 assists, 67 points and 194 penalty minutes in 152 games. In 2011-12, Follmer led the Wildcats with 22 assists and topped Northern Michigan defensemen with 26 points in 36 games.

Fleming, 25, turned pro appearing in six games with the ECHL’s Gwinnett Gladiators in 2011-12. The rookie center skated a four-year college tour with Dartmouth College from 2007-11. Fleming was named to the NCAA All-Academic Team in 2008 and during 2008-09 the Plainfield, Ontario native led Big Green with 13 goals in addition to ranking third on the team with 25 points and named to the NCAA All-Academic Team for the second consecutive year. In 2009-10 Fleming led Dartmouth with 22 goals and 39 points. Fleming captained Dartmouth his final college season (2010-11) while leading Green with 31 points.