Komets sign veteran leaders Krug, Crowder

Fort Wayne, Ind. – The Fort Wayne Komets announced that veterans Matt Krug and Paul Crowder have agreed to terms and will be in the Fort Wayne lineup when the puck drops on the 2014-15 campaign.

The Komets are the ECHL affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League and the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League.

Krug, 29, is a five-year pro and led Evansville defensemen last season with 12 goals, 25 assists and 37 points while topping ECHL defensemen with a career-high 231 penalty minutes. The 6-foot, 212-pound blueliner has posted 75 points (17g-58a) and 555 penalty minutes in 208 career ECHL games. The Livonia, Mich. native helped Muskegon capture the 2009-10 IHL regular season title during his first full pro year. Krug also led IHL defensemen with career highs of 14 goals and 47 points in 75 games and earned the league’s Best Defenseman Award. During 2010-11 Krug made his ECHL debut sharing most of the season with Gwinnett (39 games) and Elmira (21 games). He also skated one AHL game with Chicago before finishing the season in Fort Wayne appearing in three regular season games and eight playoff contests.

Crowder, 29, is also a five-year pro and skated 64 games with Cincinnati last season leading the Cyclones with 32 assists and ranking third with 16 goals and 48 points. The center also logged four games with Milwaukee in the AHL.

In 2005-06 Crowder finished four years of juniors winning the BCHL Championship with the Burnaby Express. In 2008-09 he completed a three-year collegiate career with the University of Alaska-Anchorage where he was a three-year letter winner and scored 80 points (32g-48a) in 107 WCHA games and was named to the All-Academic Team. Crowder also made his pro debut skating 11 games with Hartford in the AHL.

Crowder served his first full season as a rookie with Hartford in 2009-10 registering an AHL career best 12 goals and 26 points in 79 games. The Victoria, British Columbia native split the 2010-11 season between Utah and Wheeling in the ECHL, leading the Nailers to the Eastern Conference Finals serving as team captain while scoring a career playoff high 15 points (4g-11a) in 17 games. In 2012-13, Crowder played six games overseas in Austria before spending most of the year in the ECHL leading Wheeling with career highs of 23 goals, 39 assists and 62 points in 68 games. The skater also appeared in two games with Wilkes-Barre Scranton and five games with Milwaukee of the American Hockey League.