|Fort Wayne Komets|
|City||Fort Wayne, Indiana|
|Founded||1985 (Current ECHL franchise)|
1952 (First IHL franchise)
|Operated||1990–present (Current ECHL franchise)|
1952–1990 (First IHL franchise)
|Home arena||Allen County War Memorial Coliseum|
|Colors||Orange, black and white|
|Owner(s)||The Franke family|
|Head coach||Ben Boudreau|
|Media|| WOWO (1190 AM)|
WKJG (1380 AM)
|Affiliates|| Vegas Golden Knights (NHL)|
Chicago Wolves (AHL)
|First IHL Franchise|
|1952–1990||Fort Wayne Komets|
|Current ECHL Franchise|
|1990–present||Fort Wayne Komets|
|Regular season titles||12 (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 Championships||2 (2016, 2018)|
|Conference Championships||1 (2012)|
|Turner Cups||7 (1963, 1965, 1973, 1993, 2008, 2009, 2010)|
|Ray Miron President's Cup||1 (2012)|
|Colonial Cups||1 (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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.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. However, the Avalanche and Komets mutually agreed to end the affiliation one season early in 2016. 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, but did not extend the affiliation after the deal ended.
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.
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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.It was then extended for the 2019–20 season.
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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.
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
|2010–11||CHL||66||31||27||5||3||70||187||204||1352||Lost in Quarterfinals|
|2012–13||ECHL||72||33||35||1||3||70||205||246||1385||Did not qualify|
|2013–14||ECHL||72||36||24||7||5||84||215||215||954||Lost in Conference Semifinals|
|2014–15||ECHL||72||48||18||2||4||102||251||200||1033||Lost in Conference Semifinals|
|2015–16||ECHL||72||40||23||7||2||89||240||200||1196||Lost in Conference Finals|
|2016–17||ECHL||72||45||19||6||2||98||264||210||1292||Lost in Division Finals|
|2017–18||ECHL||72||46||20||5||1||98||290||216||1078||Lost in Conference Finals|
|2018–19||ECHL||76||36||26||4||6||82||233||248||1132||Lost Division Semifinals|
Records as of the conclusion of the 2018–19 season.
|4||Jason Binkley||D||R||27||2016||Powell, Ohio||Komets|
|–||Matt Boudens||C||L||26||2019||Pembroke, Ontario||Komets|
|–||Stephen Dhillon||G||L||21||2019||Jackson, Mississippi||Komets|
|–||Eric Israel||D||L||24||2019||Huntington Woods, Michigan||Komets|
|–||Alan Lyszczarczyk||C||L||21||2019||Wallington, New Jersey||Komets|
|–||Brett McKenzie||C||L||22||2019||Ottawa, Ontario||Komets|
|36||Anthony Petruzzelli||LW||L||26||2018||Federal Way, Washington||Komets|
|–||Brad Ross||LW||L||27||2019||Edmonton, Alberta||Komets|
|–||Taylor Ross||RW||L||21||2019||Kronau, Saskatchewan||Komets|
|10||Brady Shaw||F||L||26||2018||Ottawa, Ontario||Komets|
|28||Chase Stewart||D||R||22||2019||Marathon, Ontario||Komets|
|27||Shawn Szydlowski||F||R||29||2018||St. Clair Shores, Michigan||Komets|
|72||Gage Torrel||F||L||25||2019||Monticello, Minnesota||Komets|
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.
|No.||Player||Position||Tenure||Date of honor|
|1||Chuck Adamson||G||1962–1967||October 26, 2013|
|2||Guy Dupuis||D||1991–2011||October 29, 2011|
|18||Rob Laird||LW||1974–1989||March 6, 2002|
|26||Colin Chin||C||1986–1996||November 17, 2007|
|33||Nick Boucher||G||2007–2012||October 26, 2013|
|77||Steven Fletcher||LW||1990–2002||November 17, 2007|
|91||Colin Chaulk||C||2002–2013||February 19, 2017|
|504||Al Sims||Coach||1989–93, 2007–13||March 25, 2017|
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
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