The Fort Wayne Komets is one of the oldest still-running hockey teams in the state of Indiana. Established in 1952, the Komets was the personal project of founder and general manager Ernie Berg. As an early member of the International Hockey League, the team won championships in 1963, 1965, 1973 and 1993 and finished as the runner-up on eight more occasions. The dissolution of the old IHL around 2000 marked the end of an era, but Fort Wayne hockey continued its remarkable run of success with three consecutive championships between 2008 and 2010 as a member of the United Hockey League (which by that point had adopted the name of the defunct International Hockey League). After the league folded, Fort Wayne then disembarked for the Central Hockey League and won another championship in 2012. The Komets finally joined its current home, the ECHL, in 2012 and became a perennial playoff contender. If you want to experience the rich hockey legacy, you can purchase Fort Wayne Komets tickets at StubHub, a leading source for live events.
Who are some of the top players in Fort Wayne history?
Center Len Thornson, who played for the Komets between 1957 and 1969, is the all-time leading scorer with 807 assists and 1,219 points. His record of 412 goals also ranks second all-time, behind his teammate and rightwinger Eddie Long, who achieved 425 goals. Long and Thornson anchored some of the great championship and title-contending Komets teams from the 1950s and 1960s. Center Colin Chaulk, who played between 2002 and 2013, ranks third in all-time points with 684.
What was Fort Wayne’s record for 2019?
Fort Wayne finished third in the Central Division — and sixth in the entire Western Conference — with 82 points and a 36-26-4-6 record. In the first round of the ECHL playoffs, Fort Wayne lost a hard-fought six-game series to the Toledo Walleye. After falling behind two games, Fort Wayne came back with a 2-1 overtime victory in game three, then lost 5-1 in game four at home. The Komets briefly staved off defeat with a gutsy 5-3 road victory. However, Toledo clinched the series with a 4-1 win at the Memorial Coliseum.
Ben Boudreau is Fort Wayne’s current head coach. After a long-playing career throughout professional hockey, Boudreau served as an assistant coach with Bakersfield between 2014 and 2015 and Norfolk between 2015 and 2017. He joined the Komets as an assistant in 2017 before becoming the head coach on May 30, 2019.
Does Fort Wayne have a rivalry?
Fort Wayne does share an in-state rivalry with the Indy Fuel, but the Komets have tended to dominate the series. Fort Wayne’s most bitter and intense rivalry is perhaps the Toledo Walleye. Separated by about 100 miles on US Route 24, the two teams have met each other every year since the Komets joined the ECHL in 2012. The rivalry has extended into the playoffs several times, including 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
What is the venue like for Fort Wayne Komets games?