Graaskamp signs with Komets


After completing his first season of professional hockey with the ECHL’s Utah Grizzlies, a former Soo Greyhound will begin the 2018-2019 season with a new club.

On Wendnesday, the ECHL’s Fort Wayne Komets have signed forward Charley Graaskamp for the upcoming season.

In his rookie season last year, Graaskamp scored 4 times and set up 10 others in 25 regular season games with the Utah Grizzlies.

Despite not being drafted by an OHL team, the Hounds signed the Eau Claire, Wisconsin native back in February of 2014.

Graaskamp began playing with the Hounds immediately after signing with them, and scored 1 goal and 5 assists in 11 regular season games played.

In his first full season in the OHL during 2014-2015, the Eau Claire, Wisconsin native had 4 goals and 12 points in 29 games with the Hounds, before being dealt to the Sudbury Wolves in January of 2015.

He then scored 2 goals and 7 assists in 31 regular season games with the Sudbury Wolves, who ended up finishing last overall in the OHL standings in the 2014-2015 season.

Graaskamp was then released by the Sudbury Wolves in October of 2015 after beginning the 2015-2016 season with 1 goal in 3 games.

The 22 year old forward then ended up playing in the QMJHL from 2015-2017, splitting time with the Quebec Remparts, Drummondville Voltigeurs and Val d’Or Foreurs.

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Matt Stefano
Matt had graduated from Sault College in the General Arts and Sciences program in 2011 and has been working in the sports field ever since. The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native has worked as an Athletics Assistant in the Sault College Athletics Department during his final year of school in 2011. After graduating, Stefano worked for two years at the George Leach Centre from 2011-2013 for the Algoma University Thunderbirds Varsity Basketball Games as an Athletics Assistant. From 2013 on, Stefano has been working as the Soo Thunderbirds communications person and has also been volunteering with Shaw TV Sault Ste. Marie since 2014, doing Soo Thunderbirds TV Segments.