MEET A KOMET 1976-77
For this issue, let's meet not one, but overall, five Fort Wayne Komets, with the same background in one respect ... they all played hockey in the American Hockey League before coming to the IHL . . . and none of them played in the IHL before going to the AHL.
From goal on out... we'll start with Brian Holderness .. . born in Quill Lake, Sask., and played his junior hockey with the Saskatoon Blades. "Holdy" was drafted by Minnesota, and sent to New Haven of the American League, where he posted a 2.83 goals against average in his first season, and a 3060 average in his second year with New Haven. Holderness married a girl from the New Haven area, and is presently applying for his citizenship.
On defense, the Komets have two American League players, Lowell Ostlund, the Komets Captain and Marty Gateman. Ostlund, "Ossie" is also a westerner, from Saskatoon, playing his junior hockey with the Blades. He was Minnesota's fifth draft choice in 1973, and was assigned to New Haven of the AHL. He has logged 42 games in the AHL and prior to this season 70 games in the IHL.
Marty Gateman is an "easterner". Born in Southampton, Ontario. Marty was the seventh draft choice of the New York Rangers in the 1972 Amateur Draft, and played junior hockey with the now defunct Hamilton Redwings. Marty had one season in the Central Hockey League with Omaha, and three years with Providence of the American Hockey League.
On the forward lines, two former American leaguers are on the K's roster... Terry Ewasiuk and Doug Horbul. Ewasiuk took part in Kellers experiment and switched to defense at the beginning of the season . . . there being a need at that position . . . and played very well. "Wazz" is a natural left winger. Terry is another westerner from Smokey Laie, Alberta, playing his junior hockey with the Victoria Cougars. He was the seventh draft choice of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1973, and performed for two seasons with the Hershey Bears where he was a team mate of Ralph Keller. The final member of the AHL Club on the Komet Roster this season is the latest to arrive . . . Doug Horbul. Doug was born in Nokomis, Sask., and played his junior hockey for the Calgary Centennials. He was the sixth draft choice of the New York Rangers in the 1972 draft and in his first two seasons played for providence of the AHL, and Omaha of the Central League. He was drafted by Kansas City in 1974 when they became an expansion club, and played briefly with the NHL club, before returning to the American League with Baltimore and Providence.
Aside from Terry Pembroke, Brian Walker and Robbie Irons, these five players are the "Senior Citizens" of the Komet Club. At 23 and 24 they are the old men of the Komets. These are the experienced hockey players Ralph Keller counts on to lead the