Komets snag MVP Marino

Fort Wayne, IN --  The Komets announced Tuesday that they have bolstered the offense and defense of the 2012-13 preseason roster with the additions of last year's CHL 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, California native will be entering his fourth career year since his pro debut with Quad City in 2009 and becomes the first player to join the Komets after scoring 40 or more goals in a season since 2004-05 when Chris Grenville (RW) signed with the Komets after netting 45 goals the previous season with Laredo in the CHL.

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.    

The addition of Marino and Butler brings the Komet preseason roster to eight players including five forwards and three defensemen.  Previously added were Colin Chaulk (C), Brett Smith (C), Eric Giosa (C), Kaleigh Schrock (RW), Kyle Atkins (D) and Daniel Maggio (D).

See Komet Roster

Komets slate two exhibition home games-- The Komets will tune up for their inaugural ECHL campaign with a pair of exhibition home games against the Evansville IceMen at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. The Komets will face the IceMen Saturday, Oct. 6 at 7:30pm and again Sunday, Oct. 7 at 5pm.  The Komets and IceMen collide 11 times during the 2012-13 regular season with Evansville visiting on six occasions.

Schedule change announced-- The Komets also announced that the road game originally scheduled for Friday, March 29 at Cincinnati has been moved to Kalamazoo with a 7:30pm start.  Also, the Kalamazoo Wings have decided to go back to a 7:30pm faceoff for Friday and Saturday home games after originally posting 7:00pm start times.

Season home opener Oct. 12-- The Komets will make their ECHL debut on Friday, Oct. 12 when they host the Kalamazoo Wings at 8pm.  The Komets will skate 36 home games and 36 road games during 2012-13.  Start times for Komet home games remain unchanged
from last year.  Monday thru Thursday and Saturday games start at 7:30pm.  Friday games faceoff at 8pm and Sunday games start at 5pm.  

See the Komet schedule

Season tickets now on sale-- Season tickets are on sale at the Komet office, 1010 Memorial Way, Fort Wayne.  For information visit www.komets.com, or call 260-483-0011.

All new and improved Komets.com-- Visit the Komets new website at www.komets.com featuring an interactive calendar of the Komets' schedule with specific information about all Komet events as well as all home and road games.  In addition to Komet hockey news and information, the new site features an on-line team store and navigation of the ticketing process.  Fans will be able to download and access photo galleries, player information, video, audio and other multi-media features as well as follow Komet gamecasts live and much more for 2012-13.