``This is a decision I have made with a heavy heart because I believe in everything this organization stands for and is trying to accomplish,'' Gratz said in a press release. ``I have very much enjoyed my time in Bloomington these last two hockey seasons. Success is right around the corner for us all. This city deserves the very best and I know under the guidance of John Butler, Bart Rogers and David Holt, professional hockey in Bloomington will continue to grow and flourish.''
Gratz attended Bishop Dwenger High School for two years before attending a prep school in Chicago. He played junior hockey before deciding to attend college and play hockey at Penn State. The Ice Lions play at the Division II level, and Gratz had a 1.76 goals-against average and .950 save percentage one season.
Gratz played one game with the Komets at the start of the 2005-06 season, joining Ron Ullyot, Colin Chin, John Baldassari, Chris Wright, Rick Wynn, Joe Franke, Brandon Warner, Bobby Phillips and Kaleigh Schrock as Fort Wayne natives who played for the Komets.