Viva Las Vegas!
The Fort Wayne Komets announced Tuesday the organization has entered into a one-year affiliation agreement with the Vegas Golden Knights of the NHL for 2018-19. The Komets will be the official ECHL affiliate of the Golden Knights, with the Chicago Wolves serving as the Knights’ American Hockey League affiliate.
“Today is an exciting day in Komet land,” Fort Wayne Komets General Manager David Franke said. “The affiliation with the Vegas Golden Knights and the Chicago Wolves is now official. We hope that this is mutually beneficial for all three franchises. A big thank you to Andrew Lugerner of the Knights and Wendell Young, general manager of the Wolves. They both made this agreement possible. Also, I’d like to thank Gerrard Gallant for his positive recommendation. This is a great opportunity for our players to get a call-up to the Wolves during the course of the 2018-19 season.”
The expansion Golden Knights are entering their second season in the NHL. Vegas advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals in its inaugural season.
“We are proud to add the ECHL’s Fort Wayne Komets as an affiliate,” said Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee. “ECHL clubs play an important role in player development. Our young players and prospects will have the opportunity to grow and improve in both Fort Wayne at the ECHL level and then in Chicago at the American Hockey League level.”
The Komets’ 2018-19 season home opener is set for Saturday, Oct. 20 against the Kalamazoo Wings.