Komets lose Szydlowski to Norway

(Photo Supplied/Fort Wayne Komets)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): In a postseason full of changes already, the Fort Wayne Komets have now lost their league’s Most Valuable Player.

Shawn Szydlowski was the 2017-18 season’s leading scorer and the ECHL MVP, but he’s leaving to play in Norway with fellow departing Komet Garrett Thompson after spending five years in Fort Wayne.

The News-Sentinel reports he called both Komets General Manager David Franke and Coach Gary Graham to let them know of his decision, and he says they both wished him well. He cited a better salary as the main reason he’s leaving, as players in Europe make significantly more money than they can in the ECHL.

Aside from Szydlowski and Thompson, the Komets have also lost Phelix Martineau to the AHL, Gabriel Desjardins to Sweden, and Mason Baptista to Germany, among other roster moves. And they ended their affiliation with the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes after just one season.

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