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50th annaversary coverThe following is from a book written for the 50th annaversary season.


 

One wouldn't think the Fort Wayne Daisies of the All-American Girls  Baseball League and the Fort Wayne Komets would have had anything in common. But they did. Ernie Berg and Harold Van Orman, the two original owners of the International Hockey League Franchise, were both involved with the Daisies. Berg was the team's business manager and Van Orman a member of

Read more: The 1950s

50th annaversary coverThe following is from a book written for the 50th annaversary season.


 

Success . . . the word that best describes the decadeof the 1960s for the Komets. On the ice and at the box office. Just once during the decade did the Komets' season end with the final game of the regular season. That was 1960-61. Then came nine straight years of post-season

Read more: The 1960s

50th annaversary coverThe following is from a book written for the 50th annaversary season.


 

The decade of the '70s can be characterized in two During the 10-year span the Komets won their third Turner Cup championship and third and fourth Huber Trophy ways: It was the best of times, and the worst of times. for finishing first during the regular season. The decade also saw the Komets miss the play offs twice and drop to the bottom of the standings. Individually, there

Read more: The 1970s

50th annaversary coverThe following is from a book written for the 50th annaversary season.


 

The 1980's were a time for changes - both within the structure of the Komets as well as the league. During the decade, ownership of the franchise changed four times and financial difficulties forced one owner to file bankruptcy. Only four of the franchises which started the 1980's were around to greet the 1990's- Fort Wayne, Kalamazoo, Milwaukee and Muskegon. But

Read more: The 1980s

50th annaversary coverThe following is from a book written for the 50th annaversary season.


The 1990s were very difficult for the Komets at the start and end of the decade, but everything in the middle was wonderful. After a long and bitter dispute with the Memorial Coliseum, Komets owner, David Welker, received permission from the IHL to move the team to Albany, New York,

Read more: The 1990s

50th annaversary coverThe following is from a book written for the 50th annaversary season.


 

While they were finishing plans to leave the IHL, the Franke brothers also had to decide which league the Komets would land in. After long discussions with the Central Hockey League, the Komets decided on joining the Midwest-based United Hockey League. The UHL already had

Read more: The 2000s and Beyond