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Golden Knights And Fort Wayne Komets Renew ECHL Partnership

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Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee announced 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.

I’m sure you remember seeing this beautiful save by former Komet and Golden Knights prospect Zach Fucale on your social media timeline.

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.

Fort Wayne Komets Become ECHL Affiliate For Golden Knights

With the move from the Moline, Illinois to Fort Wayne, Indiana the Vegas minor league system is back in order as the Golden Knights and Fort Wayne Komets agreed to a one-year ECHL affiliation.

The Golden Knights were forced to find a new affiliate after the Quad City Mallards folded following the 2017-18 season.

Keegan Kolesar, Tyler Wong, and Dimitry Osipov are among the Golden Knights prospects who made appearances in the ECHL last year.

With the agreement, the Golden Knights and their AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, will be able to freely transfer players to the Komets.

The Komets do have a prior connection to the Golden Knights. Jack Adams winner Gerard Gallant’s first-ever coaching job was in Fort Wayne. He was an assistant coach in 1998-99 under head coach Grant Sonier.

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