Veterans Konstantin Shafranov and Kevin Bertram will return to the Komets.
“We are retaining two important players for our defending Turner Cup team with the signing of Shafranov and Bertram,” Komets’ general manager David Franke said in a statement. “Once both players got re-acclimated to the IHL style of play they were major contributors to our overall success.”
Shafranov, 39, returned to the Komets last season after seven years in the Russian Elite League. He posted 23 goals and 35 assists for 58 points in 71 games. Next season will be the winger’s 18th pro year and fifth in Fort Wayne. He was the IHL Rookie of the Year in 1995-96, leading the Komets with 46 goals.
Bertram, 31, is returning for his sixth season. The defenseman appeared in 74 games, registering 15 assists while accumulating 271 penalty minutes. He was named the Komets’ Unsung Hero.
The two join center Colin Chaulk and winger P.C. Drouin as returnees for the upcoming season.
-- LaMond Pope