Ullyot Impressed With rookie Crop
Fort Wayne News-Sentinel Oct. 1963
"I'm impressed with all of them" That was Komet coach-general manager Ken Ullyot's response today when asked about the rookies in the Komet training camp.
"I'm real pleased with what I have seen so far. Davidson (Doug) has displayed a real deft touch around the net. The others are working hard and I would say they have all looked good," he continued.
The Komets now have four workouts behind them and had two more on tap today. The squad took to the ice around 10:00 a.m. today for a two-hour session and will be back again at 6 p.m. All workouts are open to the public.
The first casualty of the training session is veteran center Lennie Thornson, who pulled a back muscle Tuesday. " I'm not too concerned about him," stated Ullyot. "Lennie has had back trouble before early in the season." Len was scheduled for some whirlpool treatments. "It feels better today but I still have trouble straightening Up," commented Thornson.
Davidson was a newcomer to camp to camp Tuesday. The other three rookies, Cal Purinton, Gus Servatius and John Manchester were on hand for the opening drill Monday. Purinton and Servatius are defensemen, Manchester is a right winger and Davidson (who stands 6-4) is a center.
Ullyot also had some conferences scheduled today with some of the unsigned veterans. Jumbo Johnny Goodwin came to term Tuesday , leaving leaving four vets still unsigned. They are Thornson, Roger Maisonneuve, Bobby Rivard and Ted Wright.
Ullyot said he still doesn't know if Gary Young will be back with the club. Young is still in pro camp. Also Ullyot is doubtful if Merv Dubchak, drafted from Minneapolis, will report.
The Komets get their first taste of competition Friday in an exhibition game with Windsor at the Memorial Coliseum. They open the season against Windsor on Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Coliseum.