Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Former Hockey Players Marple & Bluhm Join Komets

From - http://www.wane.com/dpp/sports/komets/komets-sign-two-blugolds-july-13

Two Wisconsin Blugolds join Komets
Also, Drouin's official contract announcement

Updated: Tuesday, 13 Jul 2010, 1:41 PM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 13 Jul 2010, 1:41 PM EDT

* Chuck Bailey - Fort Wayne Komets

Joe Bluhm Brant MarpleFORT WAYNE, Ind. - The Komets announced Tuesday that three more players have agreed to terms for 2010-11. Veteran P.C. Drouin has signed on for a run at his fourth straight Fort Wayne championship. Forwards Joe Bluhm and Brant Marple, the top two University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire scorers for 2009-10, have also claimed spots in the Fort Wayne lineup.

Drouin, 36, will be entering his 15th pro year and sixth season with the Komets. The left winger will be looking for his fourth Komet championship after collecting his third straight Turner Cup last season. Drouin ranked second in the Komets' 2009-10 lineup with 56 assists and 82 points and finished the season earning IHL Player of the Month honors for April.

Drouin led Fort Wayne to it's third consecutive IHL Title scoring 13 assists and 18 points appearing in all 12 post-season games. The St. Lambert, Quebec native as named a 2008-09 IHL First Team Al-Star while leading the Komets with 66 assists for his second straight year and adding 32 goals for a career best 98 points. Drouin began his career with Providence of the AHL in 1996 after signing as a free agent that year with the NHL's Boston Bruins.

Bluhm, 25, led the 2009-10 Blugolds in his senior year of NCAA Division III play with a college career best 22 points scoring nine goals and adding 13 assists in 27 games. Bluhm was named the 2009-10 Team MVP and earned All-NCHA honorable mention for the year.

The Red Wing, Minnesota native also was named an All-WIAC First Team First Team selection.
Prior to his college play, Bluhm skated three seasons of junior hockey with Fairbanks (NAHL) from 2003-2006.

Marple, 25, led Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2009-10 with a college career high 14 assists while scoring six goals and 20 points. The Apple Valley, Minnesota native received All-NCHA Honorable Mention recognition for 2009-10 and earned First Team All-WIAC Honorable Mention recognition for the year.

Marple also skated two years with Northern Michigan University from 2004-2007 and two years of juniors (NAHL) with Santa Fe from 2004-2006) before appearing the past two seasons with the Blugolds.

The Fort Wayne roster grows to 11 players with today's signings including seven forwards and four defensemen.

Komet camp opens Oct. 4.....The Komets will begin training camp the week of Oct. 4 and expect to open their 59th consecutive season the weekend of Oct. 16. The Komets will continue to be a member of the International Hockey League and participate in the Central Hockey League under the CHL moniker. As announced by the IHL and CHL June 1, both leagues have joined forces for the upcoming campaign. The circuit will consist of 13 CHL teams and five IHL teams for an 18-team coalition.

Season tickets for the 59th season of Fort Wayne Komet Hockey are now on sale at the Komet's office at 1010 Memorial Way in Fort Wayne. Fans can enjoy a savings of up to 20% off walk-up prices with season ticket packages. For more information call the Komet office at 260-483-0011.

Hoist the Cup with P.C. Friday.....Fans can hoist the Turner Cup with P.C. Drouin this Friday, July 16, at the Three Rivers Insurance Group office at 10729 Coldwater Road in Fort Wayne, north of Dupont Road. Drouin and the Cup will be on hand for photos and autographs from 9AM to 5PM. Autographed pucks and two game-used P.C. Drouin sticks will be given away.

P.C. Drouin, Left Wing, Born Apr 22 1974, St. Lambert, PQ, Height 6.02, Weight 200, Shoots L
--- Regular Season --- ---- Playoffs ----
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
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1992-93 Cornell University NCAA 23 3 6 9 30
1993-94 Cornell University NCAA 21 6 14 20 30
1994-95 Cornell University NCAA 26 4 15 19 48
1995-96 Cornell University NCAA 31 18 14 32 60
1996-97 Providence Bruins AHL 42 12 11 23 10 -- -- -- -- --
1996-97 Boston Bruins NHL 3 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
1997-98 Charlotte Checkers ECHL 62 21 46 67 57 7 2 4 6 4
1997-98 Providence Bruins AHL 7 0 2 2 4 -- -- -- -- --
1998-99 Bracknell Bees BISL 42 12 21 33 12
1999-00 Bracknell Bees BISL 40 15 29 44 46 6 2 3 5 10
2000-01 Nottingham Panthers BISL 48 20 34 54 64 6 3 2 5 18
2001-02 Nottingham Panthers BISL 48 18 34 52 78 6 2 4 6 4
2002-03 Augsburg Panthers DEL 52 12 25 37 96 -- -- -- -- --
2003-04 Jokerit Helsinki FNL 57 11 15 26 82 8 2 2 4 8
2004-05 Fort Wayne Komets UHL 78 24 50 74 87 18 8 11 19 26
2005-06 Fort Wayne Komets UHL 72 24 50 74 92 5 0 6 6 2
2006-07 Morzine-Avoriaz Franc 26 20 17 37 78
2007-08 Nottingham Panthers EIHL 16 4 11 15 26 -- -- -- -- --
2007-08 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 62 23 51 74 53 13 3 4 7 8
2008-09 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 75 32 66 98 92 -- -- -- -- --
2009-10 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 76 26 56 82 58 12 5 13 18 16

Joe Bluhm, Forward, Born Aug 22 1985, Red Wing, MN, Height 5.10, Weight 189
--- Regular Season --- ---- Playoffs ----
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
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2003-04
Fairbanks Ice Dogs NAHL 4 2 0 2 4
2004-05 Fairbanks Ice Dogs NAHL 39 4 4 8 46
2005-06 Fairbanks Ice Dogs NAHL 43 7 16 23 88
2006-07 Wis-Superior NCAA 17 2 1 3
2007-08 Wis-Superior NCAA 25 2 2 4
2008-09 Wis-Eau Claire NCAA 27 14 6 20 34
2009-10 Wis-Eau Claire NCAA 27 9 13 22 46

Brant Marple, Forward, Born Aug 13 1985, Apple Valley, MN, Height 5.10, Weight 175, Shoots R
--- Regular Season --- ---- Playoffs ----
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
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2004-05 Santa Fe Roadrunners NAHL 44 10 3 13 20
2005-06 Santa Fe Roadrunners NAHL 58 17 27 44 43
2006-07 Northern Michigan Univers NCAA 7 0 0 0 0
2007-08 Northern Michigan Univers NCAA 9 0 1 1 2
2008-09 Wis-Eau Claire NCAA 26 4 14 18 35
2009-10 Wis-Eau Claire NCAA 27 6 14 20 18

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