Komets announce HOF class

Ruth Wiegmann with Colin Chaulk (By Blake Sebring of News-Sentinel.com)

They’ll be honored March 11 before the 5 p.m. game against Kalamazoo.

The inductees will be Ron Leef, Jim Burton, Ruth Wiegmann, Kent Hormann and Dean Pantazi.

Leef played six years with the Komets from 1981 to 1987, scoring 230 goals and 550 points in 451 games. During his best season, the center scored 57 goals and 120 points in 1982-83. His 1.22 points per game ranks second all-time in club history to Len Thornson.

Burton, who passed away in 2015 and will be represented by his family, scored 117 goals and 426 assists for 543 points. in 545 games over seven seasons with the Komets. Three times he was named the International Hockey Leagues best defenseman. He ranks second to Guy Dupuis for career points by a defenseman, and Burton is the only defenseman to lead the team in scoring for a season, scoring 94 points in 1985-86.

Wiegmann, the unofficial team mom, and her late husband Harold, housed more than 80 former Komets, including Robin Bawa, Stephane Beauregard, Steve Maltais, Shawn Chambers, Stephan Brochu, Glenn Mulvenna, Ray LeBlanc, Kevin Kaminski, Guy Dupuis, Ed Campbell, Chris Tok, Chad Dameworth and Eric Boguniecki.

Pantazi joined the WPTA staff in 1974 as a sports reporter and eventually became sports director. He co-hosted WOWO’s “SportsTalk” from 1985 to 2001 and has been honored for distinguished service by several state-wide organizations. He was inducted into the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame in 2011.

Hormann, a Heritage High School and Ball State graduate, started his professional career at WFFT in 1978 before moving to WKJG in 1981. He has been part of broadcasting Fort Wayne sports for 40 years and has called games for local high school, college and professional sports, including the Komets, Fury, Wizards, TinCaps and IPFW events on television. He was inducted into the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame in 2016.

The Komets will also honor members of their nine championship teams that weekend, and host the Stanley Cup on Sunday.