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Thursday, January 16, 2020 1:41 pm

Komets get defenseman from Norfolk to complete Campagna deal

The Journal Gazette

The Komets said today they have acquired veteran defenseman Gabriel Verpaelst from the Norfolk Admirals.

The club also said forward Jermaine Loewen has been recalled to the Chicago Wolves of the AHL.

The Admirals traded Verpaelst to Fort Wayne to complete a previous trade for J.C. Campagna and future considerations.

Verpaelst, 26, is in his sixth season as a pro and started the year appearing in 33 ECHL games with Adirondack. Adirondack traded his rights to Norfolk, which subsequently traded them to Fort Wayne.

Verpaelst scored three goals and nine points while accumulating 64 penalty minutes in Adirondack.

The Sherbrooke, Quebec, native finished a four-year QMJHL career in 2013-14 with Baie-Comeau before making his pro debut with Bakersfield in the ECHL in 2014-15. In 2015-16, Verpaelts skated 57 games with Norfolk, scoring a career high of 28 assists and leading the Admirals with 162 penalty minutes. He also made his AHL debut, playing eight games with Stockton.

Verpaelst had seven goals and 27 points in 66 games with Colorado during 2017-18 and helped the Eagles to the 2018 ECHL Kelly Cup championship, scoring two goals and six points in 19 postseason games.

He split last season between Wichita and Utah before joining Adirondack for the start of this season. During his ECHL career, Verpaelst has had 29 goals, 107 points and 770 penalty minutes in 325 games.

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