Fort Wayne Komets

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Fort Wayne Komets
2015–16 ECHL season
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City Fort Wayne, Indiana
League ECHL
Conference Western
Division Midwest
Founded 1985 (Current franchise)
1952 (First franchise)
Operated 1990–present (Current franchise)
1952–1990 (First franchise)
Home arena Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Colors Orange, black and white
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Owner(s) The Franke Family
Head coach Garry Graham
Media WOWO (1190 AM)
WKJG (1380 AM)
Affiliates Colorado Avalanche (NHL)
San Antonio Rampage (AHL)
Franchise history
First Franchise
1952–1990 Fort Wayne Komets (IHL)
1990–1991 Albany Choppers (IHL)
Current Franchise
1985–1990 Flint Spirits (IHL)
1990–1999 Fort Wayne Komets (IHL)
1999–2010 Fort Wayne Komets (UHL/IHL)
2010–2012 Fort Wayne Komets (CHL)
2012–present Fort Wayne Komets (ECHL)
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 part of one season as the Albany Choppers before folding on February 15, 1991. [1] 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 22, 2014, the Komets announced a one-year affiliation deal with the Colorado Avalanche of the NHL, providing a direct line to Colorado's American Hockey League affiliate for the 2014–15 season, the Lake Erie Monsters.[2][3] 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.[4]

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 OTL SOL Pts GF GA PIM Playoffs
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 Conference Semifinals
2014–15 ECHL 72 48 18 2 4 102 251 200 1033 Lost in Conference Semifinals

Records as of the conclusion of the 2014–15 season.[5]

Retired numbers[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated July 24, 2015.[6]
# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
United States Boak, AlexAlex Boak D R 25 2015 Norwood, New York Komets
8 United States Daniels, DrewDrew Daniels D R 26 2014 Suffern, New York Komets
72 Canada Faille, ÉricÉric Faille RW R 26 2014 Lachine, Quebec Komets
Canada Grieve, AlexAlex Grieve C R 25 2015 Calgary, Alberta Komets
29 United States Krug, MattMatt Krug D R 30 2014 Livonia, Michigan Komets
14 United States Kucera, ConnorConnor Kucera D L 24 2015 Twin Lakes, Indiana Komets
53 Canada Lacasse, WilliamWilliam Lacasse D R 27 2013 St. Pie, Quebec Komets
United States Levi, AustinAustin Levi D L 23 2015 Columbus, Ohio Komets
17 Canada Lowry, MattMatt Lowry C R 27 2015 Neepawa, Manitoba Komets
55 Canada Martin, JamesJames Martin D L 24 2014 Winnipeg, Manitoba Komets
31 United States Nagle, PatPat Nagle G L 27 2014 Rochester, Michigan Komets
Canada Ouellet, DeanDean Ouellet C L 27 2015 Edmundston, New Brunswick Komets
United States Pawlick, AdamAdam Pawlick C L 25 2015 Utica, New York Komets
10 Canada Perlini, BrettBrett Perlini RW R 25 2014 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Komets
Canada Ranalli, JoshJosh Ranalli F L 24 2015 Hamilton, Ontario Komets
Slovakia Sivák, PeterPeter Sivák RW L 33 2015 Cheb, Czechoslovakia Komets
44 Canada Sol, CodyCody Sol D L 24 2014 Woodstock, Ontario Komets
27 United States Szydlowski, ShawnShawn Szydlowski RW R 24 2013 St. Clair Shores, Michigan Komets
14 United States Thomas, KyleKyle Thomas RW R 25 2015 Waltham, Massachusetts 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

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.[7] 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.[8]
  • 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. ^ Chuck Miller THE IHL'S DIRTY LITTLE SECRET: THE 1990-91 ALBANY CHOPPERS
  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. ^ "Komets put together two-year deal with Avalanche". News-Sentinel. 2015-07-21. Retrieved 2015-07-22. 
  5. ^ "Fort Wayne Komets Standings". hockeydb.com. 2013-03-04. Retrieved 2013-03-04. 
  6. ^ "Fort Wayne Komets - Team - Roster". Fort Wayne Komets. Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Komets Historical Win". Fort Wayne Komets. 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-28. [dead link]
  8. ^ "54th win sets new Fort Wayne franchise record". Fort Wayne Komets. 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-11. [dead link]

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