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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, March 07, 2018 2:37 pm

Verbatim: Championship Hall of Fame weekend at Coliseum

The Journal Gazette

The Komets issued this news release today:

Fort Wayne, IN -- The Komets have many events planned for the festivities at home games this weekend. It will be Championship Night when the Cincinnati Cyclones visit Saturday for a 7:30pm faceoff. Sunday will be Hall of Fame Day when the Kalamazoo Wings are in town for a 5pm match.

Championship Night Saturday will feature the return to Coliseum Sweetwater Ice of over 40 Komet champions that have had their names etched upon nine Fort Wayne championship cups. The Komets won league crowns in 1963, 1965, 1973, 1993, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012. Among the champs planning to attend the Saturday night celebration are Len Thornson, Eddie Long, Chuck Adamson, Merv Dubchak, Chick Balon, Wayne Ego, D'Arcy Keating, Don Atchison, Robbie Irons, Colin Chin, Kelly Hurd, Ian Boyce, Carey Lucyk, Grant Richison, Guy Dupuis, Steve Fletcher, Pokey Reddick, Kevin Bertram, Troy Neumeier, Kevin Schmidt, Tommy Lawson, Dustin Virag, Luciano Aquino, Brandon Warner, P.C. Drouin, Mathieu Curadeau, David Hukalo, Mitch Woods, Olivier Legault, Leo Thomas, Sean O'Connor, Jamie Lovell, Tim Haun, Brett Smith, Nick Boucher, Kaleigh Schrock, Shawn Dundon, Joe Franke, Gary Graham and Justin Hodgman.

All champions in attendance will be introduced to the fans in an on-ice ceremony prior to Saturday nights tilt against Cincinnati. In addition, select champions will sign autographs during intermissions in the MetroPCS Autograph Zone. Photo cards featuring all three cups, the IHL Turner Cup, the UHL Colonial Cup and the CHL Presidents' Cup will be given away to fans for autographing. Also, special commemorative Championship Pucks will be on sale at the Komet souvenir stand Saturday.

Sunday Hall of Fame Day will feature an induction ceremony on the ice prior to the game against Kalamazoo. Five new members will be added to the Komet Hall of Fame including "Komet Mom" Ruth Wiegmann, local legendary television and broadcast sports personalities Dean Pantazi and Kent Hormann, and Komet legends Ron Leef and the late Jim Burton.

The NHL Stanley Cup will be on hand as part of the Hall of Fame festivities Sunday. Coliseum doors will open early at 3:30pm to give fans plenty of photo opportunities prior to the game.

And there's more this weekend at Komet Hockey....

Hockey 'n Heels Ladies Night Saturday-- This Saturday when the Komets face the Cyclones it's Ladies Night! Many door prizes are planned to be given away and a fashion show will be held during the first intermission presented by Lane 201 Boutique. Free Carnations from Cottage Flowers will be given away to the first 1,000 women through the doors. All ladies in attendance are invited to visit the Century Club Room and shop throughout the game.

Kids Seat Free Night Saturday-- Once again this season the Komets feature Kids Seat Free Nights. Another Kids Seat Free Night is scheduled for Saturday when the Cyclones visit courtesy Aunt Millie's, Lutheran Health Network and the Komets. Any child under the age of 12 can see the game for free with a full-priced adult ticket purchase.

Family Four Pack, 4 for $55 Day Sunday-- Fans can take advantage of a 4-for-$55 offer at Sunday's home game courtesy of Midwest America Federal Credit Union. Get four tickets, four hot dogs, four soft drinks, four chips for only $55 when purchasing the Family Four Pack at the Memorial Coliseum Ticket Office.

Meijer Family Night Sunday-- The Komets present Meijer Family Night at every Sunday home game this season and will offer a bonus holiday Family Night special this Sunday when the Komets host Kalamazoo. Coupons for a 4-for-$36 ticket offer are available at all Meijer locations around the Fort Wayne area. Also, fans can bring their skates for a free open skate after each Meijer Family Night game.

Get your tickets early-- Tickets are on sale at the Coliseum Ticket Office. Save on Group tickets and Flex tickets on sale at the Komet office at 1010 Memorial Way in Fort Wayne. For more information visit the Komet office, or call 260-483-0011.

Komet Hockey on WOWO-- Komet games are scheduled to air on WOWO AM 1190 and FM 107.5. All radio broadcasts also stream live at presented by OmniSource Radio Recycle. Fans are invited to follow the action as Shane Albahrani handles the play-by-play.