FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Three-time Fort Wayne champion Leo Thomas has announced his retirement from professional hockey as a player.  Thomas has announced that he will become the assistant coach with Macon of the SPHL.  Thomas will team up with Macon head coach and former Komet Kevin Kerr.

“I would like to thank every organization I have played for during my professional career,” Thomas said.  “Fort Wayne in particular is where my heart always wanted to be.  I made a lot of friends on and off the ice while playing for the Komets.”

“Leo is a great friend of the Komets and was a big part of our organization,” said Komet President Michael Franke.  “We are grateful for his contributions and are excited about his new opportunity in Macon.”

Thomas will officially start his new job as Macon’s assistant coach on August 1.

“Leo Thomas was a good player and teammate in Fort Wayne,” Komet general manager David Franke said.  “We won championships together and always had a good relationship.  I’ll miss seeing ‘Leo the Lion’ on the ice!  I’m very happy for him and happy Kevin Kerr has given him this opportunity.”

Thomas began his pro career with the Flint Generals of the UHL in 2003-04, his first of 13 pro seasons.  Thomas made his Fort Wayne debut in 2008-09 skating 60 IHL games and helped the Komets win the 2009 IHL Turner Cup championship scoring three goals and eight points in 11 games.  Thomas led the Komets in 2009-10 with 33 goals and 60 points in all 72 regular season games before earning his second IHL championship with the Komets contributing five goals and 11 points in 12 playoff games.  The Toronto, Ontario native was also aboard for the 2012 CHL Presidents’ Cup scoring three goals and nine points in 18 playoff games.  Thomas returned to Fort Wayne last season and scored four goals and 14 points in 26 games.  He also served 23 SPHL games with Mississippi during the year.

Thomas scored Fort Wayne career totals of 90 goals, 87 assists, 177 points and 248 penalty minutes in 262 regular season games and added 13 goals, 21 assists, 34 points and 42 penalty minutes in 59 playoff games.