Komets Bolster Blueline with Henley and LovellOctober 27, 2011 - Central Hockey League (CHL) Fort Wayne Komets
Henley, 31, is a 10-year pro for 2011-12 and served two seasons with the Komets 2006-07 and 2007-08, winning the 2008 IHL Turner Cup Championship with Fort Wayne. During his previous two seasons in Fort Wayne, the veteran defenseman appeared in 62 regular season games scoring four assists and accumulating 182 penalty minutes. Henely contributed two assists and 23 penalty minutes appearing in all 13 playoff games en route to the 2008 IHL Championship. Henley has also skated 109 AHL games while serving time with Lowell, Rochester, Toronto, Edmonton, Springfield, Norfolk and Hartford registering 12 assists, 13 points and 378 penalty minutes. The Coquitlam, British Columbia native led Norfolk defensemen during 2008-09 with 198 penalty minutes and ranked second overall on the team in penalty minutes.
Lovell, 28, is in his seventh pro year and will be skating his fourth in the CHL. The veteran defenseman was a member of the IHL Port Huron IceHawks three seasons from 2007-2010. The Komets eliminated the IceHawks in the 2008 IHL finals and the 2010 IHL semifinals. Lovell led Port Huron against the Komets in the 2010 IHL semifinals with three goals, five assists and eight points in the seven games needed. Lovell also contributed a goal and four points to Port Huron's effort in the 2008 IHL finals which also needed seven games to decide. Lovell skated stints with Bloomington and Evansville last season registering a total of seven goals and 20 points in 64 CHL games.
Evansville returns Saturday -- The Evansville IceMen return to Coliseum ice Saturday at 7:30pm for the only game of the week schedule for the Komets. The Komets will faceoff against Evansville for the second of six visits by the IceMen and the second of 13 total meetings this season.
The Komets follow this week with their first of 11 stretches of three games in three nights when Rapid City visits Friday, Nov. 4 at 8pm. The Komets will visit Evansville for the IceMen's home opener Saturday, Nov. 5 at the new Ford Center and return home to host Quad City Sunday, Nov. 6 at 5pm.
GUY DUPUIS NIGHT SATURDAY -- The Komets will honor four-time champion defenseman Guy Dupuis this Saturday night at 7:30 by retiring his number 2 to the rafters of the Coliseum prior to the Komets facing off with the Evansville IceMen. Dupuis retired after his 14th season with the Komets last year. It was his 21st year as a pro. Dupuis first wore the number 2 appearing in 10 games with the Komets during 1991-92. In addition to collecting four league championships with the Komets, Dupuis has the distinction of owning several Fort Wayne player records. The defenseman completed 2010-11 with a Fort Wayne career record 945 regular season games played and 95 playoff games for a record total 1,040 Komet games. Dupuis also owns Fort Wayne defenseman records of 126 goals, 417 assists and 543 points in regular season games. Counting playoff appearances, Dupuis has scored the most overall points by a Fort Wayne defenseman of 594 points. He is an eight-time recipient of the Komets' Defenseman of the Year Award and a three-time league Defenseman of Year. Dupuis also earned the Komets' plus/minus award on seven occasions. Dupuis hails from Moncton, New Brunswick and resides in Fort Wayne with his family.
INC Soundoff with the Komets Monday nights -- The Komets, along with Indiana's News Center and title sponsor PHP, present a new weekly televised sports program airing on Monday nights at 7:30 on WPTA TV 21 Alive. The show is televised live from Wrigley Field Bar and Grill each week throughout the 2011-12 season with INC's Tommy Schoegler as host. Komet players and personnel will serve as co-hosts during the half-hour program. The show will also feature highlights, interviews, call-ins and special segments. The next show is Monday, Oct. 31. Komet defensemen, and brothers, Dustin Molle and Bryant Molle will be special guests.
60th Anniversary Komet Hockey on WOWO -- The Komets and WOWO Radio News-Talk 1190 AM have partnered once again for 2011-12. Broadcaster Bob Chase will call the action for his 59th consecutive season radio-rinkside. All games broadcast on radio, home and away, can be heard online at Xfinity KometCast. Most games will be broadcast on WOWO Radio News-Talk 1190 AM with ESPN Radio AM 1380 as an alternative when scheduling conflicts occur.
Komets.com -- The official website for the Fort Wayne Komets is www.komets.com. In addition to live gamecasts, the Komets' home on the web also features news, stats, interactive fan features and information as well as real-time scoring via the CHL and Pointstreak.
Central Hockey League Stories from October 27, 2011
- Blaze Continue Homestand on Friday and Saturday - Bloomington Blaze
- Mallards Debut Black Jersey Tomorrow Night in Bloomington - Quad City Mallards
- Bucks Bring Back All-Star - Laredo Bucks
- Komets Bolster Blueline with Henley and Lovell - Fort Wayne Komets
- Wichita Thunder Enjoys Biggest Opening Weekend - Wichita Thunder
- Missouri Power Play Tops Sundogs, 7-2 - Arizona Sundogs
- Mavericks Beat Sundogs, 7-2; Improve to 3-0-0 - Missouri Mavericks
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