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Tailing the Komets

By the numbers

Here's what I've got so far. This is NOT everyone. Feel free to suggest some additions. If you can figure out who is the toughest at No. 4 with Purinton, Madigan or Parsons, then God bless you.

00 Kevin Weekes

1 Chuck Adamson/Steve Janaszak

2 Guy Dupuis/John Hilworth/Kevin Schmidt/Dan Ronan/Randy Legge/Tim Dunlop/Al Sims

3 Duane Rupp/Arthur Kiyaga/Jeff MacMillan/Danko Mironovic/Trevor Doyle/Sean Gagnon/Len Wharton/Ron Burman/Terry Thomson/Craig Channell

4 Con Madigan/Cal Purinton/Grant Richison/Brian McKee/Mike Dombkiewicz/Steve Parsons

5 Terry Pembroke*/Nellie Bulloch/Martin Burgers/Vic Demarco

6 Lionel Repka*/Jim Burton/Jim Pearson/Bob McNeice/Peter Crawford

7 Roger Maisonneuve/Dale Baldwin/Bob Fitchner/Bobby Stewart/Rick Varone/Paul Willett/Bill Orban/Lloyd Maxfield

8 Teddy Wright/Doug Rigler/Ian Boyce/Bart Stevens/Andrew McBain/Doug Reid/Bill Richardson

9 Barry Scully/John Goodwin/Ron Ullyot/Brandon Warner/Shawn Evans/Hartley McLeod/Len Ronson

10 Bobby Rivard/Matt Reynolds/Martin Gascon/David-Alexandre Beauregard/Marc Boileau/D'Arcy Keating/George Kotsopoulos/Igor Malykhin/George Drysdale

11 Len Thornson*

12 Reggie Primeau*/Ron Leef/Carey Lucyk/Jeff Ablett/Jack Timmons/Art Stone/Ron Handy

13 Andy Bezeau/Sean Venedam/Brian Keates

14 Norm Waslawski/Al Dumba/Jake Pence/Sergei Stas/Mike Clarke/Dave Smith/Joe Kastelic

15 Merv Dubchak/Wally Schreiber/Edgar Blondin/Brad MacMillan/Kelly Miller/Dave Norris/Wally Schreiber/Danny Lambert

16 Eddie Long*

17 Jean-Marc Richard/Mitch Woods/Chad Cabana/Frederic Bouchard/Jeff Worlton/Chick Balon/Eric Sutcliffe/Darrin Smith/Orrin Gould

18 Robbie Laird*/John Anderson/Ryan Severson/John LeBlanc/Mitch Messier/Bob Miller/Rob Motz/Chris McRae/Peter Hankinson

19 Terry McDougall/Jonathan Goodwin/Bruce Boudreau/Michel Massie/Bernie MacNeil/Dean Sheremata/Ron Zanussi/Kevin MacDonald

20 Pokey Reddick/Kevin Hansen/Carlin Nordstrom/Wayne Bishop

21 Steve Salvucci/Lee Davidson/David Hukalo/Kelly Perrault/Jim Logan/Pokey Reddick/Terry Ewasiuk/Rod Willard

22 Kevin McCloskey/Kevin Bertram/Bruce Richardson/Rick Judson/Chris Tok/

23 Tony Camazolla/David Carpentier/Dustin Virag/Andrei Bashkirov/Bobby Jay

24 Scott Gruhl/Konstantin Shafranov/Rob Guinn/Jake Ortmeyer/Brian Straub

25 Viacheslav Butsayev/Terry Marchant/Marc Barlow/Doug Wickenheiser

26 Colin Chin*

27 Bruce Racine/Kelly Hurd/Matt Syroczynski/Josh Tataryn/Rob Murphy

28 Robin Bawa/J.C. Ruid/Kevin Kotyluk

29 Vladimir Tsyplakov/Luciano Aquino/Bruce Ramsay/Derek Gauthier/Dan Currie/Igor Chibirev

30 Robbie Irons*

31 Kevin St. Pierre/Dan Sanscartier

32 Max Middendorf/Chris Armstrong/Dion Darling/Jeff Rohlicek

33 Derek Ray/Lonnie Loach/Eric Boguniecki/Nick Boucher/Steffon Walby

34 Scott LaGrand

35 Doug Teskey/Bob Essensa/Kevin Reiter

36 Shawn Penn

37 Marc Dupuis


39 Danny Stewart

40 Bob Chase*

41 Ray LeBlanc/A.J. Bozoian

42 Konstantin Shafranov

43 Brent Henley

44 Kevin Kaminski/Troy Neumeier/Daniel Goneau/Andre Roy/Shawn Cronin/John Purves

45 Tom Lawson/Sean Gauthier


47 Keli Corpse/Adam Lewis/Chris Grenville


49 Brent Gretzky

50 Craig Martin

51 David Nemirovsky




55 Dan Ratusny/Pascal Morency/Ryan Jorde/Milt Mastad



58 Ken Ullyot*

59 Colin Lister*

60 Sebastien Laplante

61 Christian Bragnalo







68 Tero Lehtera



71 P.C. Drouin/Mario Larocque

72 Marc Laniel


74 Maxime Gravelle


76 Lance Galbraith

77 Steve Fletcher*





82 Tom Nemeth/Olivier Legault





87 Liam Garvey

88 Justin Hodgman

89 Evgeny Saidachev


91 Colin Chaulk

92 Igor Chibirev/Oleg Mikoulchik

93 Mike McKay

94 Mathieu Curadeau






Posted in: Komets


Mon, 06/22/2009 - 1:46pm

Bob Lakso, one of my favorites from the early '90s, also wore #9. Also, Ron Handy wore Eddie Long's #16, not #12, during the last season of the Welker era. Among Welker's numerous sins was not respecting the retired numbers. Bob Essensa wore Robbie Irons' #30 during the Welker era as well.

Mon, 06/22/2009 - 2:30pm

I think that Colin Chin wore #11 for a game or two during that era...If he did, it was when he still wore the "A" instead of the "C"

Mon, 06/22/2009 - 2:36pm

#7 - Dave Lemay

Mon, 06/22/2009 - 2:39pm

I guess the question then would be which number would they be more easily recognized in? What number did they wear when they made their reputation as a Komet? I didn't try to make this list complete. I'm not crazy enough to try something like that like say... Larry. LOL.

komets pa
Mon, 06/22/2009 - 2:52pm

I thought about that Blake and then I realized some of my brain cells have deteriorated due to time and Molson so I said forget doing that! Like Max Middendorf wore 9 and 32, in which number was he more aggressive?? It's up to you all. BTW, this is not Blake's next book. That will be "The IHL and Star Trek: Both better without Pic(k)ard".

Five Minute Major
Mon, 06/22/2009 - 5:27pm

Purinton toughest guy to wear #4, my Dad would've made me say that! He loved to tell me all kinds of stories about Cal's fights and blood bouncing on the ice and all that good stuff. Sorry to anyone who's eating dinner...

I don't remember Kelly Miller wearing #15, I remember him wearing #33? Or is that a different guy?

Mon, 06/22/2009 - 5:29pm

What number did John Ferguson wear? I know I am way to old to ask that. I saw him play but my old brain just can not see his number. Somebody please help. Thanks!

Blake Sebring
Mon, 06/22/2009 - 5:31pm

Kelly wore 15 when he first came to FW and then switched to 33 on later visits. It could go either way. Where Dubchak (Neal) when we need him? I'll bet Crazy Old Hockey Fart remembers too.

Charlie I
Mon, 06/22/2009 - 8:40pm

i am just wondering who could eat the most doughnuts between Dan Price and Dan Currie...lol

Mon, 06/22/2009 - 8:41pm

I thought Camazolla wore #7....

For toughness additions for numbers, would have to add Mike Natyshak #23? and Scott Shaunessy who wore both 23 and 55 if I remember right...

A guy I always liked was Bob Fowler #10? Gritty lil guy who contributed all over the ice...

Byron Lomow 15?

Tue, 06/23/2009 - 7:40am

0 Icy D Eagle, toughest bird next to the thanksgiving turkeys I make.

Tue, 06/23/2009 - 7:55am

All good stuff, keep them coming.

Tue, 06/23/2009 - 11:52am

30 hits and Blake makes another 50 cents!

Tue, 06/23/2009 - 2:36pm

Danny Bonner (sp) didn't he wear number 7... remember his song they played..short people..

Tue, 06/23/2009 - 3:20pm

Darren Martens wore #18 in the Komets inaugural UHL season.

Tue, 06/23/2009 - 4:14pm

I still do not know what number John Ferguson wore. Can anyone help me out. Actually I am just trying fatten Blakes coin purse. Poor guy really needs the money he gets from all of these hits.

Five Minute Major
Tue, 06/23/2009 - 5:33pm

Poking around on eBay while bored at work today I found a Ferguson Canadiens trading card where it looks like he was wearing #22, but it's hard to tell. Meant to post this earlier but didn't want the boss to catch me... ;) Don't know if that helps or not!

Tue, 06/23/2009 - 5:46pm

During the 59-60 season, Ferguson wore #14.

Tue, 06/23/2009 - 5:49pm

There is no need to discuss the greatest Komet ever to wear #15.

Tue, 06/23/2009 - 6:01pm

Simply put by "Marvelous" Merv! Welcome aboard!!Thank you! I do believe he (John Ferguson) wore #22 as a Canadian. Stubby had a cannon for a shot and he would fly up & down the ice. Those were the days my friend!

Tue, 06/23/2009 - 6:19pm

You da man, Dubchak! Knew I could count on you.

Tue, 06/23/2009 - 6:29pm

Blake--No one wore 22 better, NO ONE! I am not putting down anyone else. There have been a lot of individuals wear number 22. John Ferguson only wore it one year but what he did after left the Fort speaks for its self. What a hockey player he was. What a man he was.

Tue, 06/23/2009 - 6:56pm

Affirmative on Bobby Fowler for #10. Nice guy who did my at the time young daughter a big favor above and beyond the call.

Did some looking last night to try to find Ferguson's number and couldn't. In what few photos I could find of him in a K's sweater I couldn't see the number. Glad Merv could help.

Tue, 06/23/2009 - 7:36pm

Steve--Here are a couple names from the past. Shorty Melanchuk and Tommy McVie. Look those numbers up. I know I am way to old to remember their numbers. How about fun names: Dusty Imoo or Peter Ing and Wayne Ego. Maybe Rick Hextall and Doug Evans for tough guys. That will give you something to do. Most of these guys played BBB (Before Blake was Born). Have fun!

Wed, 06/24/2009 - 11:41am

During the 58-58 season, Melanchuk wore #4 and during the 71-72 season ,McVie wore #20

Wed, 06/24/2009 - 11:51am

I went through and added all the numbers you have suggested. Anybody got any more? I'm sure Dubchak probably has a ton that I've missed.

Fri, 06/26/2009 - 8:43am

Ron Pesetti wore #4 (86-87) and #44 (88-89)

Tue, 06/30/2009 - 1:40pm

#3 Tom Karalis