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Tailing the Komets

New coaching candidates

This is in tomorrow's paper.

The Fort Wayne Komets are continuing to pare their list of potential coaches as a possible front-runner has emerged.

Former Komets Bruce Ramsay and Steffon Walby have been told they are no longer being considered, but John Marks and Rick Adduono are, along with the previously identified Pat Bingham. There may be other potential candidates, but Komets General Manager David Franke declined to name them.

Marks, 58, has one of the top resumes in minor league hockey, and only became available when the East Coast Hockey League's Greenville Grrrowl suspended operations last week. He played 10 years and 657 games in the National Hockey League with the Chicago Blackhawks as a defenseman.

After retiring in 1982, Marks began his coaching career at the University of North Dakota, before coaching the Kalamazoo Wings and Indianapolis Ice in the International Hockey League. He was Kalamazoo's coach when the Komets upset the Wings in the 1991 playoffs and the next season when the Wings upset the Komets.

Since 1993, Marks has been coaching in the ECHL, first the Charlotte Checkers and in 1998 became the Grrrowl's first and only coach. He led Greenville, and former Komet Sean Venedam, to the Riley Cup championship in 2002.

The Grrrowl owners announced June 1 they were folding the team after losing $1 million last season.

Marks has a career record of 706-564-124.

Adduono, 51, retired as a player in 1982 and played 80 games in the World Hockey Association and four in the NHL. He coached in junior hockey until 1998 when he took over the ECHL's South Carolina Stingrays. In three seasons he led the Stingrays to the Riley Cup in 2001.

The moved to the Greensboro Generals in 2002 and to the UHL's Port Huron Beacons in 2004-05 where his team had a 34-40 record. He originally moved the team from Port Huron to Roanoke Valley but left before last season started. He was coaching Pensacola of the ECHL this season, with a 11-16-3 record, when the team changed owners and the new owner hired his own coach in January.

Adduono has a 313-232-57 career record as a professional head coach.

Bingham, 37, coached previously in the UHL with Asheville and Adirondack. He was an assistant coach with the American Hockey League's Bridgeport Soundtigers last season. His career record is 215-123-9 as a head coach.

Franke said the Komets are still looking at naming a coach after next week's UHL meetings in Las Vegas. Management's goal is to have Greg Puhalski's replacement selected by July 1.

Posted in: Komets


Thu, 06/15/2006 - 5:31am

Any word on when the dispersal draft is gonna take place???

Thu, 06/15/2006 - 5:47am

Today I believe

Thu, 06/15/2006 - 8:06am

Here it is:

Thu, 06/15/2006 - 8:19am

Interesting picks the K's grabbed, I'm okay with Watters, Omicoili and Larocque. Berry will probably be okay, I think the other goaltender will be in camp and that's it for him.

Another thing I find intereting is the K's had three opportunities to grab Danny Stewart and didn't. DAB was nabbed before the K's had a chance.

Thu, 06/15/2006 - 8:30am

I'm not surprised that Danny Stewert was not picked up by the Komets. Blake said earlier in the week that it was highly unlikely the Komets would pick him. Kinda glad that they didn't for the simple fact that alot of changes are coming in Ft Wayne, and I'm welcoming them...except I would love to see Chaulker back...

Here's to a new brand of Fort Wayne Komet Hockey.

Thu, 06/15/2006 - 8:38am

Don't hold your breath on Chaulk coming back, Mark. I'm not saying he won't, but from the tone of what Blake and Justin has been printing on the subject of Chaulk returning, my gut tells me that he won't.

Tony E
Thu, 06/15/2006 - 9:07am

Is it me or did Port Huron really improve themselves 10 fold between the two drafts?

The Mike Boudreau is an interesting "no risk/high reward" pick. He didn't play much in college but when he did his numbers were good. I have been saying for weeks the Komets should look to young hungry talent. Here is a great example. This guy is going to come in to camp with nothing to lose and hungry to prove he deserves to be on a pro roster. I would like to see more guys like that clawing for roster spots instead of spoiled vets who think they are entitled to a spot based on past performance.

Thu, 06/15/2006 - 9:14am

Not only that Tony, have you seen all the signings that Port Huron and Elimira have done over the past week?

Thu, 06/15/2006 - 9:44am

From the looks of it so far this league looks to be really competitive from top to bottom, based on teams signing a ggood amount of thier draft picks...

I am also glad that the K's didnt bring D Stewart back via the draft. I dont think he showed the fire that he had when he first arrived here.

Thu, 06/15/2006 - 9:53pm

Can we please turn the page and move on past the Danny Stewart thing? He is a hell of a player but he not the Mesiah!

Ice King
Fri, 06/16/2006 - 5:44am

Komet Warrior - the new whipping boy. Hit Someboady is probably glad to see someone else take the position.

So, Warrior, do you think Puhalski would want to come back? I don't know. Maybe we should move on like Sniper says.

Also, see if you can find out more about Chaulk on that into the boards website. I thought I heard he wanted to go to Chicago too. He's Ok but he will probably retire in a year or two so it wouldn't be so bad if the Komets lost him.

Tony E
Fri, 06/16/2006 - 5:58am

The thing with Komet Warrior is all in good fun.
Congrats to Bruce Boudreau. His Hershey
Bears won the Calder Cup and I heard a nice interview with him this morning on the FAN590 in Toronto. He seems to be very proud and happy right now as he should be.

Fri, 06/16/2006 - 6:01am

My congrat to Bruce as well. I think we'll be seeing him coaching in the NHL before too long.

Komet Warrior
Fri, 06/16/2006 - 10:32am

I know Coach Puhalski would like to be in FW, but Chicago is a better option for him since it is a bigger city and has very good ownership with lots of money i heard. If they didnt have a team he might think about being back here. We cant burn bridges and would like him back if is free again for a year.

i will talk to my friend about chalk. He goes on intothebored.net and finds those things out. i have talked to him lots after games. More updates to come MAN!

Tony E
Fri, 06/16/2006 - 10:43am

When he goes to ITB, have him get the latest rumors on Elvis and his possible future entry in the Little 500.