Howdy, and welcome to my 16th season of covering Komets games.
Just found out that Kenny Reiter has been official assigned to the Komets by Bridgeport of the American Hockey League -- has there ever been a worse-kept secret in the history of Fort Wayne sports? -- and is en route to Fort Wayne.
In net tonight for the Komets, in their first of two exhibition games against the Evansvile IceMen will be Francois Lacerte and Gerry Festa. With Reiter and Charlie Effinger coming, though, both Lacerte and Festa are playing to impress other teams.
The supervisor of officials tonight is Jerry Pateman, who served in that role in the IHL. I don't think we'll be seeing Dennis Hextall anymore.
Also expected to be in the lineup for the Komets tonight: Scott Kishel, Ricky Helmbrecht, Tim Buttery, Daniel Nycholat, Kyle Atkins, Mike Hoban, Cory Schneider, Brayden Metz, Linus Werneman, Seth Ronsberg, Cory Park, Matt Firman, Nicolas Thommen, Robbie Smith, Patrick Knowlton, Jean-Philipp Chabot, Matt Atsoff and John Dunbar.
The Komets have 36 players in camp now, and they will only keep 20. This is getting crowded.
Former Komets defenseman Tyler Miller got suspended three games by the ECHL for an illegal check to the head in Trenton's preseason game against Reading.