Fort Wayne Komets

Surprise winner named Fort Wayne’s Favorite local pro hockey player

In a shocking upset, Fort Wayne's Favorite locally produced pro hockey player isn't Komets greats Colin Chin or Kaleigh Schrock or even former NHL players Dale Purinton and Fred Knipscheer. It's Ryan Potts who participated in a couple of training camps and played five games with the Komets ...

Kalamazoo’s Joel Martin has announced his retirement

Wings goaltending ace Joel Martin will become an assistant coach for Nick Bootland. Martin has always been a class act and it seemed he always played his best against the Komets. I always enjoyed talking to him, and I'm glad those opportunities will continue. Plus, the Wings will always have a ...

Fort Wayne Komets sign former Kelly Cup-winning goaltender

The Fort Wayne Komets decided some of their goaltending situation with the signing of Kelly Cup champion Lukas Hafner on Monday. He was part of the last two Colorado Eagles championship teams and was in net for the 2017 title. "He's played in some big games," Komets General Manager David ...

New Komets goaltender Lukas Hafner anxious to get started in Fort Wayne

Lukas Hafner has had a remarkable first two years in professional hockey, and now he'd like something a little more normal which is one reason why the goaltender signed Monday with the Fort Wayne Komets. "Fort Wayne was at the top of my list as soon as the season ended," Hafner said. "When I ...

Cody Sol hoping to leave Fort Wayne Komets’ playoff loss behind

After the Fort Wayne Komets lost Game 7 of the ECHL's Western Conference Finals in Colorado, it took Cody Sol a bit to wind down. "That whole ride home, 22 hours on the bus was kind of stodgy," the veteran defenseman said. "You hang out with friends and talk about the season and stuff, all the ...

Time to submit Ask the Beat Writer questions for Fort Wayne Komets

There's currently are about six questions that have been submitted, but we'd like some more. Please reply to this post or send them to bsebring@news-sentinel.com, on Twitter @bsebring or through Messenger on Facebook to make sure I see them. What would you like to learn about your favorite ...

A few Fort Wayne Komets notes

As they always do, the Fort Wayne Komets will march in the Three Rivers Festival Parade on Saturday morning. There will be some Legends and Jamie Schaafsma will walk along with Icy. Shawn Szydlowski told me he was going to come down to walk as well. There might be a few surprise ...

Fort Wayne Komets’ Daniel Maggio signs with Tuscon Roadrunners

After he played 13 games for them last year this probably shouldn't be a surprise, but the Komets have lost defenseman/forward Daniel Maggio has signed a contract with the American Hockey League's Tucson Roadrunners. Maggio, 27, played 13 games with the Roadrunners last season with one ...

Memorial Coliseum getting upgrade with new scoreboard

The Memorial Coliseum arena is about to go high-definition. Work is ongoing this summer on replacing the arena's scoreboard with a $1.6 million project. The new scoreboard is big enough that the old one could fit inside, and the screen sharpness will be three times better. "This will be the ...

Former Komet Zac Larraza announces retirement

Though he struggled with injuries for parts of the season, Zac Larraza turned out to be a pretty valuable player for the Fort Wayne Komets this season. He finished with seven goals and 25 points in 34 games before he was recalled to Tucson of the AHL. He never got the chance to return in time ...

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 ...

Ask the beat writer: Fort Wayne Komets for July 4

As the start of a regular new News-Sentinel.com feature, we'll attempt to answer questions from the fans every two weeks or so. Fans can submit questions by replying to this story, through email at bsebring@news-sentinel.com, on Twitter @blakesebring or on Facebook. Question: How many pounds ...

As NHL free agency opens up…

The signings have been coming hot and heavy over the past two days. That has cost the Komets a chance at signing Ryan Culkin who has signed an American Hockey League contract with Laval. The Komets asked Tucson to sign Culkin for them this season, and he posted career-best numbers in Fort ...

Fort Wayne Komets receive honors from PHPA

At the Professional Hockey Players Association meetings in Florida, a couple members of the Komets were honored by their peers. Curtis Leonard was named the top defenseman in the ECHL's Western Conference, sharing the honor with Colorado's Jake Marto, and goaltender Michael Houser receiving ...

Fort Wayne Komets defenseman Curtis Leonard heading to Belfast Giants

After waiting for a few weeks to make the announcement, the Belfast Giants of the Elite Ice Hockey League announced Thursday they have signed Fort Wayne Komets defenseman Curtis Leonard. Leonard, 25, scored three goals and 21 points in 71 games with the Komets last year, but he led the ECHL for ...

Fort Wayne Komets sign three players ahead of qualifying offers

From a Komets press release: The Komets announced Thursday that three players have inked agreements to return to the Fort Wayne roster for 2018-19. Forward and team captain Jamie Schaafsma and defensemen Jason Binkley and Ryan Lowney have each agreed to terms. That gives the Komets four ...

Jamie Schaafsma excited to return as Fort Wayne Komets captain

Though he's 35 years old and has been a professional player since 2004, Jamie Schaafsma only thought about retirement this summer just long enough to know he doesn't want to. "It's always in the back of your mind when you are my age, but the thing about it is I love the game too much," ...