VEGAS (August 21, 2018) - Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee announced today, August 21, that the club has entered into an affiliation relationship with the ECHL's Fort Wayne Komets, making the Komets the official ECHL affiliate of the Vegas Golden Knights. The Komets are based in Fort Wayne, Indiana and were established as a hockey club in 1952. Under the terms of the affiliation arrangements, the Golden Knights will be able to transfer players to and from Fort Wayne during the 2018-19 season.
"We are proud to add the ECHL's Fort Wayne Komets as an affiliate," said Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee. "ECHL clubs play an important role in player development. Our young players and prospects will have the opportunity to grow and improve in both Fort Wayne at the ECHL level and then in Chicago at the American Hockey League level."
The Komets finished the 2017-18 season with a 46-20-5-1 overall record, the fourth straight season with at least 40 wins. The team finished second in the ECHL's Central Division standings with 98 points and qualified for the Kelly Cup playoffs. In the playoffs, the Komets fell to the Colorado Eagles in the semi-finals, 4-3.
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 2nd round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs each of the last five seasons and look to qualify for the 6th time in the 2018-19 season.
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