Who are Fort Wayne’s Favorite… local pro hockey players?

John Baldassari

A Harding High School graduate, the defenseman played 32 games with the Komets over parts of three seasons while also bouncing around the IHL with Toledo, Indianapolis and Muskegon for 111 games over five years, scoring four goals and 32 points. He played 20 games for the Komets in 1986087,

Colin Chin

A New Haven High School graduate, the center spent almost his entire pro career skating for the Komets in the IHL with the exception of 78 games during his 1985-86 rookie season with Baltimore of the American Hockey League. The center was a member of the 1992-93 Turner Cup champion Komets and had a career year, leading the Komets with 64 assists and 100 points in 1993-94. He’s fourth on the team’s all-time games played list with 746, fifth in goals with 285, seventh in assists with 422 and fourth in points with 707. His No. 26 was retired Nov. 7, 2003.

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Fred Knipscheer

A Snider graduate, Knipscheer lead the nation in scoring with 34 goals and 60 points in 36 games at St. Cloud State before signing as a free agent with the Boston Bruins. He played 43 games with the Bruins, scoring eight goals and 12 points. He bounced around the minors to play in Providence, Worcester, Phoenix, Indianapolis, Utah, Kentucky, Cincinnati and Milwaukee before three concussions in three months forced him to retire in 2000.

Bobby Phillips

The son of the Komets’ Bob Phillips, Bobby moved to Indianapolis at age 10 but came back to Fort Wayne as a product of Mercyhurst College for two seasons starting in 2009. A tough defenseman, he played 126 over two seasons and helped the Komets win the 2010 IHL Turner Cup during his rookie year.

Ryan Potts

The grandson of Komets great Reggie Primeau, Potts was a versatile forward who played five games for the Komets during the middle of the 2008-09 season, scoring two assists. He played college hockey at Northland College in Wisconsin, an NCAA Division III school where as a senior in 2005-06 he scored nine goals and had 15 points in 26 games.

Dale Purinton

The son of Komets legend Cal Purinton, Dale lived in Fort Wayne until he was 4. Dale was drafted by the New York Rangers in the fifth round of the 1995 entry draft. The defenseman was big, tough and dependable, making it to the Rangers to play 181 games over five seasons. Purinton played three more seasons in the minors before retiring at the end of the 2007-08 season.

Kaleigh Schrock

After helping Neumann College win an NCAA Division III national title, Schrock signed with the Komets in 2009. He finished with 439 games, 66 goals, 129 points and 909 penalty minutes over six seasons, and served as team captain for his final two seasons. With 60 games, Schrock ranks 11th on the Komets’ all-time playoff games played list.

Blake Siebenaler

A third-round draft pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets during the 2014 NHL draft, the defenseman has played the last two seasons in the American Hockey League with Cleveland. The former Carroll High School player was limited to 23 games last year because of a shoulder injury.

Ron Ullyot

An 11-year-old when his father Ken took over coaching the Komets in 1957, Ullyot played at Michigan before joining Fort Wayne in 1968 to start a seven-year career. The center played 448 games for the Komets with 121 goals and 244 points. He also won a Turner Cup in 1973. Ullyot followed his father’s footsteps as coach in 1981, and the Komets averaged 45 wins per season during his four-year tenure.

Brandon Warner

After helping Michigan State win the 2004 NCAA title, Warner played four seasons with the Komets, amassing 191 games and three championship rings during four seasons on the Fort Wayne blueline. He also played in 25 playoff games.

Joe Franke/Brian Gratz/Rick Wynn/Chris Wright/Larkin Saalfrank

These are local goaltenders who were signed as emergency back-ups and ended up playing for the Komets in single games.

Jackson Leef/Ian Harris

These are Fort Wayne products who are trying to build professional careers. Leef, 26, played 44 games last year with Brampton in the ECHL and one with Laval in the AHL. Harris, 23, has played 12 games with Brampton over the past two seasons.

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