According to an e-mail from his brother and agent Kenny Miller, forward Kelly Miller has decided to leave the Komets to play with the Huntsville Havoc of the Southern Professional Hockey League. Miller has yet to play for the Komets this season and has been the eighth-veteran on the roster. Each game a United Hockey League team is limited to playing seven players who have at least 300 professional games.
``With a young son, we felt it was more important that he goes to a place where he can be paid the same as he was in Fort Wayne, and they are actually paying him a little more than he was making for the Komets with more bonus incentives,'' Kenny Miller said in the e-mail. He is also coach of the Junior A Alpena IceDiggers. ``He also has a chance to be an impact guy and play in all situations as well as be a leader because of his years of pro experience.''
According to Kenny Miller, Kelly Miller has already left Fort Wayne after meeting today with Komets General Manager David Franke and coach Pat Bingham. Huntsville plays the Florida Seals in Kissimmee, Fla., this weekend.
Miller is good friends with Huntsville forward James Patterson who has played five years with the Havoc. Attempts to contact Kelly Miller and Komets General Manager David Franke were unsuccessful.
``We all know how much Kelly loves Fort Wayne, and Kelly and I want everyone to know he is not bitter about how things have worked out and that he is thankful to the Frankes, Pat and all the fans in Fort Wayne,'' the e-mail says. ``I hope the fans enjoyed Kelly's play while he was there, and you never know what might happen in the future with his playing career but we would never rule out coming back if the timing and situation were right.''