The best part of all the pregame festivities -- and they were cool -- was famed goaltender Robbie Irons coming out in the old-school orange-and-black facemask.
He was one of a handful of Komets legends to go out on to the ice in skates, as the Memorial Coliseum crowd went wild.
The biggest cheers were still for storied enforcer Steve Fletcher.
I spoke with defenseman Guy Dupuis, who retired after last season and will have his No. 2 brought to the rafters next Saturday.
"It kind of felt the same. I skated out there. There was national anthem and everything. I almost felt like I was part of it," Dupuis said. "(Former captain) Colin Chin said to me, 'You know, National Anthem, I feel like I've got to go to my seat and grab a beer.' For myself, I feel like I want to play a shift here. But it would only be a shift, I'm sure."
The Komets trail the Evansville IceMen 1-0 on a goal from John Ronan 6:54 into the game.
I'm still trying to figure out what's going on with backup goaltender Kevin Beech. He isn't in the lineup. Coach Al Sims' son, Tyler, is the backup.