Fort Wayne Komets

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Fort Wayne Komets
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City Fort Wayne, Indiana
League ECHL
ConferenceWestern
DivisionCentral
Founded1985 (Current ECHL franchise)
1952 (First IHL franchise)
Operated1990–present (Current ECHL franchise)
1952–1990 (First IHL franchise)
Home arena Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
ColorsOrange, black and white
            
Owner(s)The Franke family
Head coachBen Boudreau [1]
Media WOWO (1190 AM)
WKJG (1380 AM)
Affiliates Vegas Golden Knights (NHL)
Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Franchise history
First IHL Franchise
1952–1990Fort Wayne Komets
1990–1991 Albany Choppers
Current ECHL Franchise
1985–1990 Flint Spirits
1990–presentFort Wayne Komets
Championships
Regular season titles12 (1959–60, 1962–63, 1972–73, 1977–78, 1983–84, 1985–86, 1986–87, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09)
Division Championships2 (2016, 2018)
Conference Championships1 (2012)
Turner Cups7 (1963, 1965, 1973, 1993, 2008, 2009, 2010)
Ray Miron President's Cup1 (2012)
Colonial Cups1 (2003)

The Fort Wayne Komets are a minor league ice hockey team in the ECHL. They play their home games at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana. This team was previously a member of the Central Hockey League, the original International Hockey League, and the second International Hockey League. They have won four post-season championship titles in the original IHL in 1963, 1965, 1973 and 1993, four in the UHL/second IHL in 2003, 2008, 2009 and 2010, and one in the CHL in 2012. In all of North American professional hockey, only the Original Six teams of the NHL and the Hershey Bears of the AHL have played continuously in the same city with the same name longer than the Komets.

Ice hockey team sport played on ice using sticks, skates, and a puck

Ice hockey is a contact team sport played on ice, usually in a rink, in which two teams of skaters use their sticks to shoot a vulcanized rubber puck into their opponent's net to score points. The sport is known to be fast-paced and physical, with teams usually consisting of six players each: one goaltender, and five players who skate up and down the ice trying to take the puck and score a goal against the opposing team.

ECHL Ice hockey league in North America

The ECHL is a mid-level professional ice hockey league based in Princeton, New Jersey, with teams scattered across the United States and two franchises in Canada. It is a tier below the American Hockey League.

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Arena in Indiana, United States

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum is a 13,000-seat multi-purpose arena located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, near present-day Johnny Appleseed Park. It opened in 1952 with a construction cost of nearly $3 million. The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum was originally designed to seat 8,103 for hockey or 10,240 for basketball. Opened in 1989, the Coliseum's $26 million Exposition Center contains 108,000-ft² (0.100-km²) devoted to hosting substantial trade shows and other events with seating for 7,500.

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History

The original Komets franchise played in the previous iteration of the International Hockey League from 1952 until 1990. The original IHL franchise then moved to Albany, New York in 1990 as the Albany Choppers. Only two days later, the Franke family of Fort Wayne bought the Flint Spirits, moved them to Fort Wayne, and took the Komets name and history. The Albany Choppers would only play part of one season before folding on February 15, 1991. [2]

International Hockey League (1945–2001) 1945–2001 North American ice hockey league

The International Hockey League (IHL) was a minor professional ice hockey league in the United States and Canada that operated from 1945 to 2001. The IHL served as the National Hockey League's alternate farm system to the American Hockey League (AHL). After 56 years of operation, financial instability led to the league's demise. Six of the surviving seven teams merged into the AHL in 2001.

Albany, New York Capital of New York

Albany is the capital of the U.S. state of New York and the seat of Albany County. Albany is located on the west bank of the Hudson River approximately 10 miles (16 km) south of its confluence with the Mohawk River and approximately 135 miles (220 km) north of New York City.

The Albany Choppers was an independent professional ice hockey team in Albany, New York competing in the International Hockey League during the 1990–1991 season.

In 1999, the second IHL Komets franchise joined the United Hockey League (which later took the IHL name in 2007). In 2010, the UHL/IHL ceased operations and the Komets joined the Central Hockey League along with the surviving members of their former league. They left the CHL for the ECHL in 2012.

United Hockey League 1991-2010 North American ice hockey league

The United Hockey League (UHL), originally known as the Colonial Hockey League from 1991 to 1997 and last known as the International Hockey League from 2007 to 2010, was a low-level minor professional ice hockey league, with teams in the United States and Canada. The league was headquartered in Rochester, Michigan, and, in its last year, consisted of seven teams. It folded in 2010, with most of its teams joining the Central Hockey League. The Central Hockey League teams still operating in 2014 were then added to ECHL. The only former CoHL/UHL/IHL teams still active as of 2018 are the Fort Wayne Komets and Kalamazoo Wings.

Central Hockey League North American mid-level minor professional ice hockey league which operated in the late 20th and early 21st centuries

The Central Hockey League (CHL) was a North American mid-level minor professional ice hockey league which operated from 1992 until 2014. Until 2013, it was owned by Global Entertainment Corporation, at which point it was purchased by the individual franchise owners. As of the end of its final season in 2014, three of the 30 National Hockey League teams had affiliations with the CHL: the Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, and Tampa Bay Lightning.

For the 2014–15 season, the Komets entered into a one-year affiliation with the Colorado Avalanche of the NHL, providing a direct line to Colorado's American Hockey League affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters. [3] [4] After a successful season and partnership proving beneficial to all parties, on July 21, 2015, the Komets announced a continuance of the affiliation with the Avalanche and new AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage on a two-year deal through the 2015–16 and 2016–17 seasons. [5] However, the Avalanche and Komets mutually agreed to end the affiliation one season early in 2016. [6] After a season operating independently of an affiliation, the Komets agreed to a one-year affiliation deal with the Arizona Coyotes and their AHL affiliate, the Tucson Roadrunners, [7] but did not extend the affiliation after the deal ended. [8]

The 2014–15 ECHL season was the 27th season of the ECHL. The regular season schedule ran from October 17, 2014, to April 11, 2015, with the Kelly Cup playoffs following. Twenty-eight teams in 20 states and one Canadian province each played a 72-game schedule. The league was significantly expanded just before the season in October 2014 after a merger with its longtime rival, the Central Hockey League.

Colorado Avalanche Hockey team of the National Hockey League

The Colorado Avalanche are a professional ice hockey team based in Denver, Colorado. They are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Avalanche are the only team in their division not based in the Central Time Zone; the team is situated in the Mountain Time Zone. Their home arena is Pepsi Center. Their general manager is Joe Sakic.

American Hockey League ice hockey league in the United States

The American Hockey League (AHL) is a professional ice hockey league based in the United States and Canada that serves as the primary developmental league for the National Hockey League (NHL). Since the 2010–11 season, every team in the league has an affiliation agreement with one NHL team. When NHL teams do not have an AHL affiliate, players are assigned to AHL teams affiliated with other NHL teams. Twenty-seven AHL teams are located in the United States and the remaining four are in Canada. The league offices are located in Springfield, Massachusetts, and its current president is David Andrews.

On August 21, 2018, the Komets announced a new one-year affiliation agreement with the NHL's Vegas Golden Knights and AHL affiliate Chicago Wolves. [9] It was then extended for the 2019–20 season. [10]

Vegas Golden Knights National Hockey League team

The Vegas Golden Knights are a professional ice hockey team based in the Las Vegas metropolitan area that competes in the National Hockey League (NHL). They are members of the Pacific Division of the league's Western Conference, and began play in the 2017–18 NHL season. The team is owned by Black Knight Sports & Entertainment, a consortium led by Bill Foley and the Maloof family. The team plays its home games at T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada.

Chicago Wolves ice hockey team

The Chicago Wolves are a professional ice hockey team playing in the Central Division of the Western Conference of the American Hockey League. The Wolves play home games at the Allstate Arena in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois and are owned by Chicago business owners Don Levin and Buddy Meyers. They are the minor league affiliate of the Vegas Golden Knights.

Season-by-season results

This is a partial list of the last ten seasons completed by the Fort Wayne Komets. For the full season-by-season history, see List of Fort Wayne Komets seasons

Season LeagueGPWLOTLSOLPtsGFGAPIMPlayoffs
2009–10 IHL 765021141052631831589Won Championship
2010–11 CHL 66312753701872041352Lost in Quarterfinals
2011–12 CHL66401916832281871272Won Championship
2012–13 ECHL 72333513702052461385Did not qualify
2013–14 ECHL7236247584215215954Lost in Conference Semifinals
2014–15 ECHL724818241022512001033Lost in Conference Semifinals
2015–16 ECHL72402372892402001196Lost in Conference Finals
2016–17 ECHL72451962982642101292Lost in Division Finals
2017–18 ECHL72462051982902161078Lost in Conference Finals
2018–19 ECHL76362646822332481132 Lost Division Semifinals

Records as of the conclusion of the 2018–19 season. [11]

Players

Current roster

Updated July 31, 2019. [12]
# Nat Player Pos S/G AgeAcquiredBirthplaceContract
4 Flag of the United States.svg Jason Binkley D R27 2016 Powell, Ohio Komets
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Matt Boudens C L26 2019 Pembroke, Ontario Komets
Flag of the United States.svg Stephen Dhillon G L21 2019 Jackson, Mississippi Komets
Flag of the United States.svg Eric Israel D L24 2019 Huntington Woods, Michigan Komets
Flag of Poland.svg Alan Lyszczarczyk C L21 2019 Wallington, New Jersey Komets
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Brett McKenzie C L22 2019 Ottawa, Ontario Komets
36 Flag of the United States.svg Anthony Petruzzelli LW L26 2018 Federal Way, Washington Komets
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Brad Ross LW L27 2019 Edmonton, Alberta Komets
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Taylor Ross RW L21 2019 Kronau, Saskatchewan Komets
10 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Brady Shaw F L26 2018 Ottawa, Ontario Komets
28 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Chase Stewart D R22 2019 Marathon, Ontario Komets
27 Flag of the United States.svg Shawn Szydlowski F R29 2018 St. Clair Shores, Michigan Komets
72 Flag of the United States.svg Gage Torrel F L25 2019 Monticello, Minnesota Komets

Retired numbers

The Komets have honored over 40 personnel in three sections - Executive Builders, Team Personnel and Media - in the Komets Hall of Fame established in 1988. They have also retired numbers to honor 16 people over the course of their history. [13]

Fort Wayne Komets retired numbers
No.PlayerPositionTenureDate of honor
1 Chuck Adamson G 1962–1967October 26, 2013
2 Guy Dupuis D 1991–2011October 29, 2011
5 Terry Pembroke D 1964–19781988
6 Lionel Repka D 1958–19691988
11 Len Thornson C 1957–19691988
12 Reg Primeau C 1960–19691988
16 Eddie Long RW 1952–19661988
18 Rob Laird LW 1974–1989March 6, 2002
26 Colin Chin C 1986–1996November 17, 2007
30 Robbie Irons G 1967–19811988
33 Nick Boucher G 2007–2012October 26, 2013
40 Bob Chase Media1953–20161993
58 Ken Ullyot Owner1958–19821988
59 Colin Lister Owner1959–19851988
77 Steven Fletcher LW 1990–2002November 17, 2007
91 Colin Chaulk C 2002–2013February 19, 2017
504 [lower-alpha 1] Al Sims [14] Coach1989–93, 2007–13March 25, 2017
  1. For his career wins as coach

Franchise records

Scoring leaders

These are the top-ten point-scorers in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed regular season.

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; * = still active with the team

PlayerPosGPGAPts
Len Thornson C7634128071219
Eddie Long RW801425427852
Colin Chaulk C581187497684
Terry McDougall C507249395644
Colin Chin C660246390636
John Goodwin LW480200387587
Guy Dupuis D945126417543
Reg Primeau C452200342542
Merv Dubchak RW437321218539
Robbie Laird LW520223276499

Regular season

Team records

See also

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