Gregg Pilling, coach of the Fort Wayne Komets. A truly different and remarkable man, who is completely dedicated to the game of hockey.Gregg was born in Lethbridge, Alberta, September 25th, 1943. He played his junior hockey in his home town of Lethbridge, and later for the Edmonton Junior Oil Kings.
A distinct variety of quotes has come to our attention during the past week or so ... regarding a multitude of items concerning the International Hockey League. The opener for this column is both humorous and thought provoking . . . and came from IHL Commissioner Bill Beagan during an interview with Dean Pantazzi of Channel 21 Sports.
As the Fort Wayne Komets begin their 26th consecutive season of International Hockey League Play, there are three milestones that stand out in my mind. They are extremely significant as we embark on our second quarter century of professional hockey.
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.
This week . . . it's time to meet the dynamic duo . . . the Komet box office masterminds ... the folks who provide the guidance and major manpower contributions to having the ticket office run smoothly all the time.
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.
This week, the IHL is in a new phase of their season. The player deadline passed on March 1st at noon, and all teams had to have their rosters finalized at that time.