Komets president Michael Franke said coach Gary Graham did a good job in his first season, leading the Komets to a 36-24-12 record in the regular season, good enough for the eighth and final playoff seed in the conference.
The Komets ousted the defending-champion Reading Royals in five games before falling to the Cincinnati Cyclones in six, culminating with a 4-1 loss at U.S. Bank Arena on Tuesday.
“We really like the combination of Gary and (Konstantin Shafranov) as an assistant coach,” Franke said. “And we expect big things from them in the future.”
Captain Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock, a native of Fort Wayne who has won two championships in five years with the Komets, was non-committal on if he will retire this summer. He tallied seven goals, 15 points, a minus-12 rating and 169 penalty minutes in 79 games in the regular season and playoffs combined.
“It’s a little early to say if I’ve played my last game or not,” said Schrock, adding he has opportunities outside of hockey he has to consider.
Forward Brandon Marino, who led the ECHL with 88 points in the regular season and finished third in MVP voting, is OK after suffering a knee injury in the third period of Tuesday’s game. Marino, who had one goal, five points and a minus-10 rating in 11 playoff games, said he hyper-extended his knee when he lost an edge going into the corner.
Broadcaster Bob Chase, who has called games for WOWO in 61 of the Komets’ 62 seasons, said he will return next season.