Fort Wayne, IN -- The Komets announced Tuesday that they have bolstered the offense and defense of the 2012-13 preseason roster with the additions of last year's CHL MVP Brandon Marino
and veteran defenseman Tyler Butler
Marino, 26, will be joining his teammate of the past two seasons in Quad City, Eric Giosa
, as a member of the reigning 2012 CHL Champion Fort Wayne Komets
when the puck drops in October. Marino, the 2012 CHL All-Star Game MVP, led the CHL in 2011-12 with a career best 41 goals in 65 games and capped the year as league MVP. The right winger led the Mallards with career highs of 49 assists and 90 points and led Quad City's special teams with 13 power play goals and 22 power play assists. The Riverside, California native will be entering his fourth career year since his pro debut with Quad City in 2009 and becomes the first player to join the Komets after scoring 40 or more goals in a season since 2004-05 when Chris Grenville
(RW) signed with the Komets after netting 45 goals the previous season with Laredo in the CHL.
Butler, 32, skated the past two seasons with Arizona of the CHL. Butler served as Sundogs' captain last year while leading Arizona defensemen with 10 goals, 29 assists, 39 points and 111 penalty minutes appearing in all 66 games. The Kanata, Ontario native has skated seven of nine pro seasons in the CHL. Butler played two AHL games with Peoria during 2005-06 while a member of the UHL's Missouri River Otters.
The addition of Marino and Butler brings the Komet preseason roster to eight players including five forwards and three defensemen. Previously added were Colin Chaulk
(C), Brett Smith
(C), Eric Giosa
(C), Kaleigh Schrock
(RW), Kyle Atkins (D) and Daniel Maggio