by Jim Clark
The Fort Wayne Komets are celebrating their 35th consecutive season of exciting hockey in the International Hockey League.
There have been many exciting moments during this time and long-lasting memories have been created for thousands of people. We want to highlight the 31/2 decades of hockey action in Fort Wayne and honor those who have had a part of this successful hockey franchise.
by Gina Jones
As a general rule, the majority of hockey players in North America originate from Canada, with a slim minority from the United States. One from your own hometown in the heartland of the United States — well, that's a rarity that is hardly ever heard of in a little city in the midwest.
Our Cover Picture and Player Profile this week headlines one of the Komets veterans, this season wearing number 20, Dave Norris.
Dave first arrived in the Summit City during the 1975-76 season being assigned by the Minnesota Northstars, with whom the Komets had a working agreement at the time. He had been drafted by the Stars form the Hamilton Fincups of the Ontario major junior league, and was soon a crowd favorite with his hard nosed style of play.
Our Cover Picture and Profile tonight features "Mr. Goaltender" of the IHL . . . Komet Robbie Irons, starting his twelfth season with the K's.
For the Komets, it all began in the 1967-68 season when Robbie was assigned from the New York Rangers, with whom the K's had a working agreement at that time. Robbie appeared in 43 games that year, and the following summer was traded to the St. Louis Blues.
By: Jerry Clark
By: Jerry Clark
20 year old Pokey Reddick is the newest member of the 1984-85 Fort Wayne Komet hockey team. Reddick joined the team on February 22, 1985 after spending most of the year in the Western Hockey League with the Brandon, Wheatkings. Reddick, who hails from Toronto, signed with the Winnipeg Jets at the start of this season and was sent to Brandon to gain experience and experience he got..
by Paul Branks
It's a familiar scene at the coliseum on hockey night, one you will undoubtedly see this very evening. A rugged player
who shuns both protective helmet and any regard for his bodily upkeep, skating from corner to corner with reckless abandon, giving his all to see that the final objective of putting the puck in the opponents' net is fulfilled
by Paul Branks
by Rob Laird
WHERE ARE THEY NOW . . .
There are a lot of similarities between the 1985-86 Fort Wayne Komets and this year's ver-sion even though the personnel has changed significantly. Ten players who finished the season with the Komets last year have moved on to other leagues or have retired from hockey.
Komet rookie left winger Rod Willard is the Cover Picture and subject for the Player Profile this week. He and his linemates, Glen Tomalty at center and Dale Baldwin at right wing have supplied the majority of the Komet firepower over the past three games.
by Bud Gallmeier, Sports Editor of the News-Sentinel
When Robbie Laird was named coach of the Fort Wayne Komets a little more than a year ago the first reaction from a majority of fans was "Can he discipline players who were his teammates?"
By JERRY CLARK
The puck soars high above the heads of his opponents and his goalie and teammates are momentarily out of trouble - it's the patented Bish Flip, a defensive maneuver off the stick of third year Komet defenseman Wayne Bishop.