News, notes on Komets
The Komets have already added another new player: defenseman Chase Stewart, who had five goals, 29 points and 132 penalty minutes in 53 games last season for Rimouski of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Also, I haven’t seen anything official yet, but I’m hearing Marco Roy is likely heading back to Fort Wayne soon.
-- Dane Fox scorched the Komets repeatedly while playing for the Kalamazoo Wings from 2014 to 2016. And every time he scored, they’d play that Ylvis song “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say)” at Wings Event Center, much to the annoyance of the many Fort Wayne fans who made the trek to Kalamazoo, Michigan. Maybe the Komets will get to return the favor now, because they have Dane’s younger brother, Trent, on their roster now. Trent Fox, 21, totaled 24 goals and 53 points in 60 games last season for the Ontario Hockey League’s Mississauga Steelheads.
-- The biggest applause upon the opening of camp were for the original captain of the Komets, George Drysdale, who donned the ‘C’ in 1952-53. If the players didn’t have a sense of the history of the team before then, they did once they saw Drysdale sitting next to Norm Waslawski, who played for Fort Wayne in 1958-59 and from 1962 to 1969.
-- Brian Gratz, who last season coached the ECHL’s Greenville Swamp Rabbits, has been hired at SportONE/Parkview Icehouse as head of athlete development. “Everyone here and in our corporate offices is excited that Brian will be joining our team here at the SportONE/Parkview Icehouse,” regional general manager Peg Campana said. “He brings a wealth of hockey knowledge to the position at all of the levels from development at a young age to the professional ranks.” Gratz, of course, is a native of Fort Wayne and played for the Komets. For more information, or to register for any upcoming hockey programs, go to www.icesports.com\fortwayne.