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Competition at Komets’ camp will be stiff

September 18, 2018

The Komets’ training camp : expected to open Oct. 1 : will have a lot of competition for roster spots.

They now have a roster of 28 players.

Added to the fray today were goaltender Gordy Defiel, defensemen Jarret Kup and Oskari Halme and forward Garrett Ladd, whose rights had been acquired last month in a trade with the Tulsa Oilers.

Ladd, 28, will attend training camp with the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves : one step up from Fort Wayne in the Vegas Golden Knights’ minor-league affiliation ladder : and would join the Komets if he doesn’t make the Wolves’ roster. Ladd had 21 goals and 46 points in 48 games last season with the Oilers and also skated eight games in the United Kingdom with the Coventry Blaze.

Defiel, 25, played one ECHL game last season with the Orlando Solar Bears, stopped 22 of 25 shots in 34 minutes of action, but spent most of his time in the Single-A Southern Professional Hockey League with the Pensacola Ice Flyers. He was 13-5-3 with a 2.61 goals-against average, a .911 save percentage and one shutout.

Kup, 25, has only eight games of pro experience with the SPHL’s Macon Mayhem, for which he totaled four assists. Prior to that, he played for Curry College, totaling 11 goals and 19 points in 26 games as a senior last season.

Halme, 20, who played much of his junior hockey in Finland, led defensemen in the United States Premier Hockey League in scoring with 26 goals and 60 points in 35 games last season with the Minnesota Blue Ox. He then finished the season with the National Collegiate Development Conference’s Islanders Hockey Club, totaling six assists in 13 games.

The Komets have 16 forwards, including captain Jamie Schaafsma, Marco Roy and Justin Hodgman; nine defensemen, including Cody Sol, Jason Binkley and Ryan Lowney; and three goalies, including Lukas Hafner and Kyle Hayton.

They expect to get a few players, including a goalie, through their new affiliation with the Golden Knights.

Notes: Single-game tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster and at the Memorial Coliseum box office. Information is available by calling the Komets at 260-483-0011. ... Two games at Cincinnati have been changed. The game originally scheduled for Jan. 26 has been moved to Nov. 28 and the game that had been slated for Feb. 23 will now be Jan. 4. Both will be at U.S. Bank Arena.

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