Fort Wayne Komets

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Fort Wayne Komets
2014–15 ECHL season
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City Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
League ECHL
Conference Western Conference
Division Midwest Division[1]
Founded 1952
Home arena Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Colors

Orange, black and white

              
Owner(s) Franke family
Head coach Garry Graham
Media WOWO (1190 AM)
WKJG (1380 AM)
Affiliates Colorado Avalanche (NHL)
Lake Erie Monsters (AHL)
Franchise history
1952–1999 (IHL) Fort Wayne Komets
1999–2010 (UHL/IHL) Fort Wayne Komets
2010–2012 (CHL) Fort Wayne Komets
2012–present (ECHL) Fort Wayne Komets
Championships
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)
Conference Championships 1 (2011–12)
Turner Cups 7 (1962–63, 1964–65, 1972–73, 1992–93, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10)
Ray Miron President's Cup 1 (2011–12)
Colonial Cups 1 (2002–03)

The Fort Wayne Komets are a minor league ice hockey team in the ECHL. The team was previously a member of the Central Hockey League and the International Hockey League before it ceased operations and several of its former teams joined the CHL in 2010. The Komets also played in the previous iteration of the International Hockey League from 1952 until 1999, when they joined the UHL (which took the IHL name in 2007). 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. They play their home games at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The original franchise moved to Albany, New York in 1990, and the Flint Spirits moved to Fort Wayne and assumed the Komets name and history. The original Komets franchise played one season as the Albany Choppers before folding. 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.

On July 24, 2014, the Komets announced a one-year affiliation deal with the Colorado Avalanche of the NHL, providing a direct line to the American Hockey League with the Lake Erie Monsters.[2][3]

Season-by-season results[edit]

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 League GP W L T OTL SOL Pts GF GA PIM Playoffs
2004–05 UHL 80 51 24 5 0 107 274 211 1708 Lost in Finals
2005–06 UHL 76 44 26 0 6 94 258 206 1760 Lost in Quarterfinals
2006–07 UHL 76 51 21 0 4 106 263 187 1932 Lost in Semifinals
2007–08 IHL 76 56 12 6 2 120 280 186 1978 Won Championship
2008–09 IHL 76 46 18 3 9 104 288 213 1678 Won Championship
2009–10 IHL 76 50 21 1 4 105 263 183 1589 Won Championship
2010–11 CHL 66 31 27 5 3 70 187 204 1352 Lost In Quarterfinals
2011–12 CHL 66 40 19 1 6 83 228 187 1272 Won Championship
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 Semifinals

Records as of the conclusion of the 2013–14 season.[4]

Retired numbers[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated September 11, 2014[5]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
Canada Barteaux, IanIan Barteaux D R 26 2014 Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta Komets
United States Beebe, BrettBrett Beebe F R 24 2014 Redondo Beach, California Komets
Canada Crowder, PaulPaul Crowder C R 29 2014 Victoria, British Columbia Komets
United States Daniels, DrewDrew Daniels D R 25 2014 Suffern, New York Komets
15 United States Embach, MikeMike Embach LW L 26 2014 Orland Park, Illinois Komets
Canada Esposito, AngeloAngelo Esposito C L 25 2014 Montreal, Quebec Komets
Canada Faille, ÉricÉric Faille RW R 25 2014 Lachine, Quebec Komets
Canada Frazee, ThomasThomas Frazee C R 24 2014 North Vancouver, British Columbia Komets
United States Hudson, AlexAlex Hudson F R 27 2014 Corona, California Komets
United States Krug, MattMatt Krug D R 29 2014 Livonia, Michigan Komets
29 Canada Lacasse, WilliamWilliam Lacasse D R 27 2013 St. Pie, Quebec Komets
14 Canada Maione, MathewMathew Maione D L 23 2014 Toronto, Ontario Komets
Canada Martin, JamesJames Martin D L 23 2014 Winnipeg, Manitoba Komets
United States Nagle, PatPat Nagle G L 26 2014 Rochester, Michigan Komets
52 Canada Ouellet, ChristianChristian Ouellet RW R 23 2014 Alma, Quebec Komets
Canada Pistilli, MatthewMatthew Pistilli F R 25 2014 Montreal, Quebec Komets
79 United States Schrock, KaleighKaleigh Schrock (A) RW R 29 2009 Fort Wayne, Indiana Komets
Canada Sol, CodyCody Sol D L 23 2014 Woodstock, Ontario Komets
27 United States Szydlowski, ShawnShawn Szydlowski RW R 24 2013 St. Clair Shores, Michigan Komets
Canada Tam, MikaelMikael Tam D L 23 2014 Quebec, Quebec Komets

Franchise records[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

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

Updated at completion of 2010-2011 season

Player Pos GP G A Pts
Len Thornson C 763 412 807 1219
Eddie Long RW 801 425 427 852
Colin Chin C 581 187 497 684
Terry McDougall C 507 249 395 644
Colin Chin C 660 246 390 636
Guy Dupuis D 1040 140 454 594
John Goodwin LW 480 200 387 587
Reg Primeau C 452 200 342 542
Merv Dubchak RW 437 321 218 539
Robbie Laird LW 520 223 276 499

Regular season[edit]

  • Most goals in a season: Merv Dubchak, 72 (1965–66)
  • Most assists in a season: Len Thornson, 93 (1966–67)
  • Most points in a season: Len Thornson, 139 (1966–67) & Terry McDougall, 139 (1978–79)
  • Most penalty minutes in a season: Andy Bezeau, 590 (1995–96)
  • Most wins in a season: Kevin St. Pierre, 43 (2003–04)
  • Most shutouts in a season: Kevin Reiter, 7 (2007–08) & Kevin St. Pierre, 7 (2003–04)

Team records[edit]

  • On March 28, 2008, the Komets set a new professional hockey record of 23 straight home wins. They defeated the Kalamazoo Wings 4–3.[6] The record ended at 25.
  • On April 12, 2008, the Komets set a new Fort Wayne hockey record of 56 wins in a season. The previous record of 53 was set in 2003–04.[7]
  • On May 15, 2010, the Komets defeated the Flint Generals in Game Five of the IHL Turner Cup Finals to win the series, 4 games to 1, earning the Komets a "three-peat" after winning the Turner Cup in 2008 and 2009 as well.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Annual ECHL Board of Governors Meeting concludes", ECHL, June 24, 2014. (accessed 24 June 2014)
  2. ^ "Komets announce affiliation with NHL's Avalanche and AHL's Monsters". WANE-TV. 2014-07-24. Retrieved 2014-07-24. 
  3. ^ "Colorado affiliation could be different and better for Komets". News-Sentinel. 2014-07-24. Retrieved 2014-07-24. 
  4. ^ "Fort Wayne Komets Standings". hockeydb.com. 2013-03-04. Retrieved 2013-03-04. 
  5. ^ "Fort Wayne Komets - Team - Roster". Fort Wayne Komets. Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Komets Historical Win". Fort Wayne Komets. 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-28. [dead link]
  7. ^ "54th win sets new Fort Wayne franchise record". Fort Wayne Komets. 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-11. [dead link]

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