Komets add four to preseason roster

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The Komets announced Monday that they have added four players to the preseason roster. Forward Garrett Ladd, defensemen Jarret Kup and Oskari Halme, and goaltender Gordy Defiel have inkedplayer tryout agreements.The Komets acquired Ladd’s rights from Tulsa on Aug. 29. Ladd, 28, will be entering his fourth pro seasonafter skating eight games in the EIHL (Elite Ice Hockey League) in the UK last season. Ladd also appeared in48 ECHL games with Tulsa posting a career year of 21 goals, 25 assists to rank third on the Oilers with 46points. The Fenton, Michigan native made his pro debut in the ECHL with Stockton appearing in four games atthe end of the 2014-15 season and following a five year college career at Bemidji State University and theUniversity of Wisconsin. Ladd has also logged ECHL stints with Adirondack, Elmira and Missouri. The forwardhas amassed ECHL career totals of 42 goals, 46 assists and 88 points in 146 games.Kup, 25, finished a four-year college career with Curry College last year leading Curry defensemen for thesecond straight season with 19 points. The Rosseau, Ontario native also skated eight SPHL games withMacon scoring four assists. Prior to college, Kup completed two years of junior play with Kingston in the OJHL(Ontario Junior Hockey League) in 2013-14 leading Voyageurs’ defensemen with career highs of 25 assistsand 27 points in 53 games.Halme (Oscar-ee Halm-ee), 20, completed a five-year juniors career in his native Finland in 2016-17 beforeleading USPHL (United States Premier Hockey League) defensemen with 60 points (26g, 34a) in 35 gameslast season with the Minnesota Blue Ox. Halme then capped the year in the National Collegiate DevelopmentConference with the Islanders Hockey Club winning the NCDC championship.Defiel (DAY-feel), 25, made his pro debut last season appearing on one ECHL game with Orlando while alsoposting 22 SPHL games with Pensacola. The Stillwater, Minnesota native completed a three-year collegecareer in 2016-17 with Lake Superior State in the WCHA. Defiel registered a career best 2.47 goals-againstaverage in 29 games during 2015-16 and was named to the WCHA All-Academic Team and Third All-StarTeam. Prior to college, Defiel back-stopped Coquitlam to a BCHL (British Columbia Hockey League)championship in 2013-14. In 2012-13, the netminder also recorded the SIJHL’s (Superior International JuniorHockey League) best goals-against average of 1.39 and best save percentage of .945 before claiming hissecond straight SIJHL championship.The Komets preseason roster grows to 28 and includes 16 forwards, nine defensemen and three goaltenders.

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