Fort Wayne Komets

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," ...

Have a Komets question? Ask it here

I've been thinking about this for a while, but it seems like this might be the right time to try something new with our Komets coverage. I'd like to start an "Ask the beat writer" segment where fans can ask questions and then I try to go find the answers for you. I'd present the questions to ...

Fort Wayne Komets talking to Kyle Thomas and other potential returnees

After getting back into the office following last week's ECHL annual meetings in Las Vegas, Komets General Manager David Franke is working the phones hard. He'd like to sign a few returning players this week before he has to determine his eight-man qualifying list which is due to the league ...

New Fort Wayne Komet Kevin Gibson excited about opportunity

Know how there's sometimes one or two players on the opposing team who play so hard and with such grit that you take a second to wonder, "Man, it would be interesting to see how that guy would fit on my team?" That's how Fort Wayne Komets management and coach Gary Graham have always looked at ...

Fort Wayne Komets lose ECHL Most Valuable Player Shawn Szydlowski to Norway

The Fort Wayne Komets are looking for a new face of the franchise. ECHL Most Valuable Player and 2017-18 scoring leader Shawn Szydlowski has signed to play in Frisk Asker, Norway next season, joining Komets teammate Garrett Thompson. Szydlowski played the last five seasons in Fort Wayne, ...

BLAKE SEBRING: Fort Wayne Komets have a proven gameplan for rebuilding

It's been an anxiety-filled, knee-buckling week for Fort Wayne Komets fans, and Wednesday morning's breakfast came up fast with the news that ECHL Most Valuable Player Shawn Szydlowski had signed to play in Norway next season. He joins Garrett Thompson, Mason Baptista and Gabriel Desjardins who ...

Pyromaniacs Fireworks hosting Customer Appreciation Night

If you didn't know, Komets coach Gary Graham has a side business called Pyromaniacs Fireworks at Time Corners, 5972 W. Jefferson Blvd. You can read about it by clicking on the link below from 2016. RELATED: Side job selling fireworks lights fire under Fort Wayne Komets coach Gary ...