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Komets to Continue Home Game Holiday Traditions

Written by: Communicator StaffDecember 11, 2015

Written by Ella Norgren

The Komets are hosting eight home games in the coliseum over the holiday, one of them being the traditional New Year’s game.

The team has played on the holiday for 59 years in a row.

“[The Komet’s are a] major part of the fabric of this community, always have, always will,” Franke said.

The Fort Wayne Komets hockey team is currently third in the ECHL, former known as the East Coast Hockey League, during its 64th season.

When the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum was built, there was a local interest from businessmen to put an ice hockey club in Fort Wayne. The city’s basketball team, back then the Fort Wayne Pistons, got company in the coliseum as the Komet’s Hockey Club was founded in 1950.

This season, the team started out 4-0 but the streak ended as several players were out with injuries and others were called up to the American League, according to Michael Franke, president of the Komets.

“The winds were very hard to come by,” Franke said. He said that the Komets are starting to get back on their feet as they claimed a win Dec. 4 against Evansville.
“We have not yet won a championship; [so] our goal is to win a ECHL title,” Franke said.

The ECHL is a minor, nationwide, league made up of 28 teams that are split up in regional divisions. The Komets play in the Midwest Division together with Quad City Mallards, Cincinnati Cyclones, Indy Fuels and Evansville IceMen.