VEGAS (August 7, 2019) - Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee announced today, August 7, 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 open their 68th season on Saturday, Oct. 12. Under the terms of the affiliation arrangements, the Golden Knights will be able to transfer players to and from Fort Wayne during the 2019-20 season.
The Komets finished the 2018-19 season with a 36-26-4-6 overall record, the sixth straight season with at least 36 wins. The team finished third in the ECHL's Central Division standings with 82 points and qualified for the Kelly Cup playoffs. In the playoffs, the Komets fell to the Toledo Walleye in the semifinals, 4-2.
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 each of the last six seasons and look to qualify for the seventh time in the 2019-20 season.
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