Chuck Adamson and Nick Boucher were goaltenders for the Komets in different eras – Adamson in the 1960s and Boucher in just the past several years – but they share a common thread.
That, in the opinion of team president Michael Franke, is that they have records that will never be broken.
Because of that, Adamson’s No. 1 and Boucher’s No. 33 will be retired Oct. 26 before a game against the Cincinnati Cyclones at Memorial Coliseum.
Adamson, who played with Fort Wayne in the old IHL from 1962 to 1967, holds the marks for consecutive games by a Komet goaltender at 176, most shots faced in a season (2,532) and most saves in a season 2,268.
He also led Fort Wayne to titles in 1963 and 1965, when he was selected as the IHL top goalie.
I’m totally overwhelmed. I really am, Adamson said. Here I am, 75 years old, and people keep coming and saying, Gee, you have this record and that record, and they’ll never be broken.’
Well, of course they won’t because no one plays that much anymore.
Boucher, 32, came close, though, skating as many as 54 games, which he did in 2008-09. He led Fort Wayne to IHL championships in 2008, 2009 and 2010, then led them to the 2012 CHL title.
The Komet Hockey Club has won a total of nine playoff championships in its history, Komet general manager David Franke said. Chuck Adamson and Nick Boucher account for six of those nine championships. What tremendous careers they have had and they both reside in Fort Wayne.
Because of hip injuries, Boucher was unable to play last season and retired. He was selected as the IHL’s top goalie in 2009 and was twice selected Komets MVP by his teammates.
He’s a very good goaltender, Adamson said. He really is. I think if his health had been better, he’d still be playing.
The ceremony will give Fort Wayne 15 retired numbers, including those for broadcaster Bob Chase (40), former coach Ken Ullyot (58), and former owner Colin Lister (59).
I’m pretty excited, Boucher said. I’ve gotten the chance to know Chuck over the last few years and we have a healthy, mutual respect for each other. In that era of Komets hockey, it was the best hockey players in the world outside of the NHL. In today’s era, those players would be in the NHL. What better word than honor’ to be linked to a guy like Chuck.
In other news, the Komets traded defenseman Mathieu Gagnon to the Stockton Thunder for future considerations. Gagnon, 20, played six games as a rookie last season, totaling an assist and 22 penalty minutes.