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Clarke returns to Komets


Fort Wayne, Ind. - The Fort Wayne Komets announced that Aaron Clarke has agreed to terms and will be returning to the club for the remainder of the 2014-15 season.

The Komets are the ECHL affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League and the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League.

Clarke, 32, posted nine points (4g-5a) in 25 games with Kalamazoo last year before being traded to Toledo where he scored 19 points (13g-6a) in 26 games prior to joining the Komets. Clarke appeared in Fort Wayne's final 15 regular season games scoring seven goals and adding 10 assists for 17 points. The veteran skater capped the season appearing in all 11 playoff games amassing seven points (3g-4a) to rank third on the Komets.

After splitting a four-year collegiate career in the NCAA with Niagara University and Robert Morris University, Clarke made his pro debut in 2007-08 skating 60 ECHL games with Wheeling and tallying 36 points (19g-17a). In 2008-09, he made his AHL debut, appearing in seven games with Binghamton, three games with Providence and 22 games with Albany while adding 37 points (11g-26a) in 40 ECHL games with Wheeling.

Clarke registered career highs of 25 goals and 57 points in 59 games with Wheeling during 2009-10 before joining Kalamazoo the following year and helping the K-Wings to the 2011 Kelly Cup Finals. In 2011-12, the Peterborough, Ontario native notched 52 points (16g-34a) in 38 games with Belfast and captured the EIHL Championship with the Giants. The 2012-13 season marked Clarke's return to the ECHL with Kalamazoo where he logged 56 points (19g-37a) while appearing in all 72 games. The veteran has amassed ECHL totals of 119 goals, 159 assists and 278 points in 364 games.