THE KOMET STORY
By KEN ULLYOT
Last season we finished third in the North Division of the league with a record of 26 wins, 38 losses and 8 ties: in the Turner Cup play-offs we were eliminated in three straight games by the Port Huron Flags who went on to extend the Dayton Gems to seven games in the finals before losing 5-2 in the deciding game which was played in Dayton.
After four years of operation the Columbus Checkers found it necessary to withdraw from the league: numerous efforts were made to find people to take over the team in Columbus, but it was finally decided to operate as a seven team league for the current season. There are several coaching changes around the league with Larry Wilson having moved to Providence of the American Hockey League his place in Dayton has been taken by Gerry Moore, a veteran of many years in this league. Moe Bartoli announced his retirement this spring, and I will be handling the coaching duties this year. The Toledo Blades have announced a change of name, and they will now be known as the Toledo Hornets (complete with gold skates. Since the beginning of hockey in Fort Wayne (the fall of 1952,) the team has won 623 games, lost 592 and tied 88: in the years since I arrived (1958), the K's have won 468, lost 395 and tied 64. We have won the league title twice in 1960, and again in 1963: we have won the Turner Cup twice in 1963, and also in 1965. This fall we had our complete training camp at the Coliseum which was a tremendous help, and many fans were on hand for all of the training sessions which began on October 5th, and concluded on the 16th. We also played a pre-season game at Notre Dame this fall on October 11th against the Muskegon Mohawks: it is hoped that at some future time South Bend might enter a team in the I.H.L.As you have already seen, the Coliseum is sporting a new Scoreboard thanks to William Scheele and Sons and PepsiCo: the K's have changed uniform insignias again, and it is hoped that the ball of fire will be significant! Our Commissioner Bill Beagan did a fine job in his first year, and he is back along with Fred Blackburn who has retired from officiating, but will handle the job of referee-in-chief. We have a new trainer, and he is Rodger Gibson who hails from Sudbury, Ontario. Tom Ellis, who handled the job last season, is in Rochester as trainer of the Americans in the American Hockey League. We have appreciated your support over past years, and you can be assured that we will do everything possible to bring a competitive team to Fort Wayne: it appears at this time that the first place team will play the sixth place team in the play-offs, while the second team plays the fifth, and the third plays the fourth: then the winners of the last two series will play each other with the winner going against the winner of the first and sixth series for the Turner Cup. On behalf of the entire team and management I wish you many enjoyable nights of hockey this season, and for many years to come.