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K's sign 2 rookies; preseason roster reaches 16

Rookie defenseman Ian Barteaux and forward Eric Faille have signed with the Komets, the team announced today.

Barteaux, 26, of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, played college hockey at the University of Alberta.

Faille, 25, of Lachine, Quebec, played at the University of Moncton.

Komets Coach Gary Graham "worked very hard this summer recruiting Barteaux and Faille," general manager David Franke said in a statement. "Gary's persistence paid off with their signings.

"Barteaux will give us not only solid defense but will contribute offensively to our attack. He had a very good junior and college career. He also plays an aggressive physical game."

Faille also had a very successful college career, Franke said.

"He will be looked upon to provide offense and solid two-way play. He is a very talented player and will be given every chance to be a major contributor to the team."

Fort Wayne now has 16 players signed -- 10 forwards, five defensemen and a goalie.

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at jcohn@jg.net.

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