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Tailing the Komets

Guy Dupuis retires

The Komets announced Tuesday that veteran defenseman Guy Dupuis is retiring from professional hockey after a career spanning 21 years.

Dupuis, 41, began his career in 1990 appearing in two seasons with Adirondack of the AHL after being selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft.  Dupuis made his Fort Wayne debut during the 1991-92 season skating 10 games with the Komets.  Dupuis also appeared that season with Adirondack participating in 49 AHL games and three playoff games.

Dupuis began a string of seven straight seasons with the Komets in 1992-93 and capped the season with an IHL Turner Cup Championship.  After a six-year swing of various stints with other teams in the AHL, IHL, UHL, WCHL, ECHL and a two-year tour of Germany elite hockey, the Moncton, New Brunswick native returned to Fort Wayne to complete his career skating an additional six campaigns collecting three additional IHL championships, all as captain of the Komets.  Dupuis also became one of only 15 players to have won four Turner Cup championships.  "Guy is and always will be a special part of Komet hockey,"  Komet president Michael Franke said.  "It goes beyond playing the game.  Guy Dupuis did it all on and off the ice.  His on-ice accomplishments will never be duplicated."

In addition to four championships during his Fort Wayne career and several All-Star appearances, the defenseman also captured the league Defenseman of the Year Award on three occasions, was an eight-time Komet Defenseman of the Year and seven-time recipient of the Komets' Plus/Minus Award.  "I will cherish forever my memories of the victories and championships I experienced with my teammates, the organization and the community," Dupuis said.  "There is a part of me that will always miss the game, our dedicated fans and the excitement that was Komet Hockey.  At this point in my life it is just the best decision for my family that I retire from pro hockey."

Always active in the community, Dupuis was twice honored with Fort Wayne's Bud Gallmeier Memorial Trophy for Community Service and is a two-time winner of the Komets' True Komet Award.

Dupuis broke many Komet franchise records during his 14-year Fort Wayne career.  Among the records now owned by Dupuis are most career games played (945), most playoff career games played (95), most games played overall including regular season and playoffs (1,040), most goals by a Komet defenseman (126), most assists by a Komet defenseman (417), most points by a Komet defenseman (543), most playoff goals by a Komet defenseman (14), most overall goals by a defenseman including regular season and playoffs (140), most overall assists by a Komet defenseman including regular season and playoffs (454) and most overall points including regular season and playoffs by a Komet defenseman (594).

"Guy is a class act; first on the ice and last off.  Every day of his career he worked at his game in practice and his work ethic was second to none," Komet head coach Al Sims said.  "His determination and heart carried him to a long career.  His records will go down in Komet history and may never be broken."

Guy Dupuis career stats

#2 to be retired on Guy Dupuis Night

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Tue, 05/24/2011 - 9:20am

I guess the Komets don't feel the same way as a lot of people on here who said he should have to wait like everyone else to have his number retired. Guy has always been a good guy. Thanks for everything you've done on and off the ice, Guy.

Five Minute Major
Tue, 05/24/2011 - 9:26am

Not really surprised, but still a bummer. Thanks for everything, Guy!

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 9:29am

The Komets just won't be the same without the ol' #2 on the ice. Thank you Guy for everything you've done not only on the ice but also off...Enjoy your retirement, a true rolemodel

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 9:40am

True Komet, true hockey player, true nice guy!!!

Good luck and enjoy the time with your family!!!

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 10:28am

This must have been a very hard decision for you, Guy, but now you'll be taking a different journey in life that I'm sure you'll be just as successful at as you have been thus far. You've been a staple for this team for so many years, it's really going to be wierd not seeing you out there next season. Having your #2 hanging in the rafters will be a well-deserved award. You should be proud of everything you've done for this team. We fans have been privileged to watch you all these years and to know you for the great person you are. Best wishes, Guy! I'll miss your smile!

Mr Snufflupugus
Tue, 05/24/2011 - 10:47am

One of the nicer guys and one of the more impressive minor league careers in the last 50 years. It was clearly time for this but the sport was better for the many years that he played.

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 10:58am

They should just put Guy's face on Captain Komet. Classy guy.

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 11:10am

Guy Dupuis may have worn #2 on his back, but as a player, a Komet, and a gentleman he will always be #1!

It is always hard to say good-bye to somethimg you love. A moment, a game, a season, a career all seem so temporary and pass by so quickly. Sometimes it doesn't seem fair, yet in return, you receive so many memories. The great thing about memories is that they last forever.

Thank you, Guy Dupuis, for giving us so many memories.

Congratulations on having your number retired. You are truly in a class by yourself and if young players are searching to emulate someone, I suggest that they should pattern themselves after you.

I'm sure I speak for many season ticket holders who have watched, enjoyed, and appreciated your play on the ice, and your love for the game of hockey and our community.

Best wishes for the future.

Alan Hines.

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 11:21am


Thank you for everything you have done for the team and your community both on and off the ice.

You are the true definition of a champion and a gentleman.

Best wishes for you, and your family. Enjoy your well earned retirement and congratulations.

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 11:24am

Many thanks for many wonderful memories, Guy. You were always a class act on and off the ice. Enjoy your well-earned retirement, and know that Komet Nation will remember you fondly.

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 12:00pm

What a classy man Guy is. Enjoy your retirement and being with your family. You will be missed. Thanks for everything you have done for the team and the fans.

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 3:21pm

Guy is the epitome of a gentleman. His work ethic is second to none. Hate to see him go, but wish him all the best. Know he will enjoy being able to spend more time with his family.

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 3:28pm

Best Wishes Guy.

Dave W
Tue, 05/24/2011 - 7:19pm

To a Great Dman and a great man of God Played as a gentleman always and a great man off the ice. May God bless you Guy

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 8:59pm

well deserved honor, Congratulations Guy.

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 1:45pm

I have to agree with Burgee.......well deserved.