VEGAS (August 12, 2020) – Vegas Golden Knights President of Hockey Operations George McPhee announced today, August 12, that the club has renewed its affiliation agreement with the ECHL’s Fort Wayne Komets. The Komets became the official ECHL affiliate of the Vegas Golden Knights in 2018 and are based in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The organization was established as a hockey club in 1952 and the team anticipates beginning their 69th season on December 4. Under the terms of the affiliation arrangements, the Golden Knights will be able to transfer players to and from Fort Wayne during the 2020-21 season.
“We’re thrilled to be extending our affiliation with one of the premier clubs in the ECHL, the Fort Wayne Komets,” said Vegas Golden Knights President of Hockey Operations George McPhee. “Our partnership with the Komets has proven to be a valuable stepping stone for young players looking to advance through our ranks and reach their full potential.”
The Komets played 62 games in the 2019-20 season and collected a 31-23-7-6 record at the time of their last game on March 11. The ECHL announced on March 14 that the remainder of the 2019-20 season was cancelled due to COVID-19. Even with the season being cut short, this is the team’s seventh straight season with at least 31 wins.
One of the premier teams in all minor league hockey, the Komets competed in the International Hockey League from 1952-1999; in the United Hockey League from 1999-2007; back to the IHL in 2007-2010 and in the Central Hockey League from 2010-2012. The Komets proud history has seen them capture 12 regular season championships (9 IHL, 3 UHL) and nine championship titles (7 IHL Turner Cups, 1 UHL Colonial Cup, 1 CHL President’s Cup). Since the franchise joined the ECHL in 2012 the Komets are the only team to advance to the second round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs in each of the last six seasons that playoffs have occurred. The ECHL did not host playoffs in the 2019-20 season due to COVID-19.
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