Stefan Stokic has been with the Kansas City Comets since the franchise was renewed for the 2010-11 season.
He will still be a part of it for the 2018-19 season.
The Comets that Stokic had signed to play for the 2018-19 season. Per team and league policies, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
The longtime indoor veteran, a native of Belgrade, Serbia, returns for his ninth season with the Comets. He joins Leo Gibson, Lucas Rodriguez and Bryan Perez as the only members of the 2010-11 original Comets squad still with the team.
This time, Stokic will be coming off an injury. The forward was limited to only five games last season due to a knee injury. Against the Tacoma Stars on Dec. 8, 2017, Stokic suffered a tear to his right anterior cruciate ligament that caused him to miss most of the season. Prior to the injury, Stokic had already accumulated 13 blocks on the season and was on pace for his best season as a professional.
“I’m a team player,” Stokic said in a press release. “I’m always ready to go where (head coach) Kim (Roentved) tells me and do what the teams needs to win. My recovery has been going great and I am looking forward to being back and better than before.”
Stokic has already made a name for himself in the Comets record books. He has made 129 regular season appearances, which is tied for sixth in franchise history. He has 53 points (14th) and holds the record for most blocks with this version of the Comets (130).
“Stefan is a guy I can always count on when I need him,” Roentved said in the release. “He will go anywhere and play any position I ask him to and he will do it with all of his effort. He has never been afraid to throw his body in front of a shot and do whatever is necessary to keep us at our best.”
Stokic is the fifth player to sign with the Comets this offseason, joining Gibson, the former MVP forward. Also signing so far have been defenders James Togbah and Ignacio “Nacho” Flores and former Cedar Rapids Rampage goalkeeper Brett Petricek.
The Comets will open their 12-game home schedule at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena on Dec. 15. The opponent and the rest of the schedule will be announced in the fall.