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June 11, 1990
Hockey Owner Wants a Move
Komets' fate rests with new sponsor
By BUD GALLMEIER
Retired News-Sentinel Sports Editor
Komets hockey team owner Dave Welker will not operate a team in Fort Wayne next season. Whether there will still be a hockey team in town remains to be seen. Welker told The News-Sentinel from Tacoma, Wash., yesterday that he will definitely not

Read more: Hockey Owner Wants a Move

By MARLON W. MORGAN
Of The News-Sentinel
According to reports published in both Albany, N.Y., newspapers today, Komets owner David Welker is moving his International Hockey League franchise to Albany.

The Albany Times-Union reported that a three-year lease agreement was signed Thursday by Welker with the Knickerbocker Arena, a 15,000-seat arena in Albany. The agreement must still be approved at the IHL meetings this week in Vancouver, Bntiah Columbia. The matter will be on the agenda Thursday.

Read more: Welker signs deal to move IHL team

By JIM COSTIN
Of The News-Sentinel
The future of professional hockey in Fort Wayne remains sound even if Komets owner David Welker is successful in moving his franchise to Albany, N.Y. At least that's the opinion of Memorial Coliseum manager Phil Olofson.

Read more: Coliseum manager promises pro hockey in city

KOMETS OWNER Dave Welker has given up on that ice hockey franchise. He is seeking permission from the International Hockey League to establish a franchise in Albany, N.Y. What that means to Fort Wayne is anything but clear. The city apparently can keep the Komet name Perhaps even the same players and coach -if local backers can be found. Word has-it that some.local investors might be interested.

Read more: Too soon to qut

By BLAKE SEBRING
Of The NeweSentinel
Tired of taking the blame from Komets owner David Welker, Memorial Coliseum's manager said the main issue with the franchise's proposed move to Albany, N.Y., isn't money from parking and concessions, but poor management. Yesterday, General Manager Phil Olofson released five years of coliseum financial figures relating to the Komets. The figures show the franchise has been earning less money each year though the coliseum was charging less.

Read more: Komets owner caused mess, coliseum manager says

By TERRY HUTCHENS
Of The News-Sentinel
With or without David Welker, hockey will remain in Fort Wayne for the 1990-91 season.
At least that's the opinion of International Hockey League Commissioner Tom Berry, who made it clear yesteryday that the IHL will be playing hockey in Fort Wayne next season.
"It's not a rumor, it's a fact,""Berry said. "Fort Wayne has had 39 years in this league, and there's no way we want to lose that association.

Read more: Hockey will remain in Fort Wayne, IHL...

By BLAKE SEBRING
of The News-Sentinel
The president and largest stockholder of the Flint Spirits said negotiations are continuing in an effort to bring the International Hockey League franchise to Fort Wayne, and an announcement could be made by the end of the week.

Read more: City investors `seriously' court Flint franchise

By BLAKE SEBRING
Of The News-Sentinel
David Welker would like nothing better than to have his Albany hockey team develop a rivalry with a squad from Fort Wayne in the International Hockey League.
Yesterday in Vancouver, British Columbia, the IHL Board of Governors tabled Welker's motion to move the Komets franchise to Albany and postponed a decision until today. League bylaws prohibit a decision within 24 hours after a franchise transfer is proposed, according to IHL

Read more: Fort Wayne, Albany might face off on ice,...

By BLAKE SEBRING
Of The News-Sentnel
The Fort Wayne Komets are dead, but may be revived.
As Komets owner David Welker expected, the International Hockey League Board of Governors, meeting in Vancouver. British Columbia, yesterday approved his transfer of the franchise to Albany, N.Y.
The move means there is no Fort Wayne Komets franchise — for now but Welker expects a group from Fort Wayne to buy the Flint Spirits franchise and move it to Fort Wayne as the

Read more: K's move OK'd city may get Flint team

By BLAKE SEBRING Of The News-Sentinel
Though the current Fort Wayne franchise moved East yesterday at the International Hockey League meetings in Vancouver, British Columbia, one player thinks hockey will survive in Fort Wayne.

Colin Chin has seen the franchise struggle on and off the ice. As a New Haven High School student, Chin watched Komets games from the Memorial Coliseum stands. As a four-year center with the Komets, he often has acknowledged the fans after scoring one of his 106 career goals.

Read more: Chin confident city won't go without hockey