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Tailing the Komets

Retired numbers

On another post a debate began about retired numbers, and the possibility of Colin Chaulk someday having his number 91 retired. The old rule was you had to play 10 years and they made exceptions for Steve Fletcher who played seven and one UHL game and for Reggie Primeau at eight years. I think they should stick with 10 years, which means Guy Dupuis would be a possibility and that is all until someone reaches that plateau again.

The Komets' current retired numbers:

5 Terry Pembroke; 6 Lionel Repka; 11 Len Thornson; 12 Reggie Primeau; 16 Eddie Long 18 Robbie Laird; 26 Colin Chin; 30 Robbie Irons; 77 Steve Fletcher. There is also 40 for Bob Chase, 58 for Ken Ullyot and 59 for Colin Lister.

To me, that should be it for a very long time. I'm a purist in that I think you have to go back to playing at least 10 years, and that means Guy Dupuis would be the last one to come up for consideration after this season. Retired numbers should be for exceptional players, and it's supposed to be very hard to achieve.

That's also a reason why the Komets re-started their Hall of Fame, to be able to include everyone else who has made sizeable contributions to the franchise.

What do you think?

As another debate, if the Komets had to name their five greatest players of all-time like is being done now in the Major League Baseball promotion, which five would you pick? That ought to keep you busy all weekend. LOL

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Fri, 07/28/2006 - 5:24pm

Blake, Not in any particular order....my choices would be: Eddie Long, Len Thornson, Colin Chin, Robbie Irons, Rob Laird. But I have to show some major consideration to: Steve Fletcher, Carey Lucyk and Ian Boyce. I know, you asked for only 5....

Fri, 07/28/2006 - 5:38pm

whoever said a person had to play 10 seasons? my top 5 thornson long irons fletcher and purinton

Fri, 07/28/2006 - 6:01pm

Chuckitt 10 seasons was the rule before they changed it for Reggie and Steve. Remember how much of a stink there was because Lionel was not retired?

Tony E
Fri, 07/28/2006 - 6:37pm

I think MAYBE the could reduce the number of years to 5-6 but I am not even sure about that.
Do you even put Chaulk in the hall of fame? I think he needed another year. There have been many Komets who had 4 good years with the team who aren't in the hall of fame. I know all of his supporters will tell me about his leadership etc and I don't argue with that. But if I try and look at him from a historical perspective, I think, good player, good captain but I just don't think "all time great"

Hit Somebody!!!
Fri, 07/28/2006 - 6:45pm

Chaulk is and was an all-time great in the UHL chapter of the Komet's history book though. Just my opinion though.

Overall...this is hard because I can only go on who I have seen...but Chin, Boyce, Fletcher, let me keep thinking....brain-dead.

Fri, 07/28/2006 - 6:58pm

I think Colin needs three more years to be considered for retirement of his number, and he's already qualified for the HOF.

Tony E
Fri, 07/28/2006 - 7:12pm

Hit you (and Blake) are correct if you look at just the UHL history and I guess in some respects maybe it does need to be looked at that way

Fri, 07/28/2006 - 7:40pm

I just heard that Johnny Goodwin's contract is in the mail. Expect an official announcement next week at the same time as Dombkiewicz's signing.

Hit Somebody!!!
Fri, 07/28/2006 - 7:42pm

You surely got that hot off the press from the OHIC....LOL

Hit Somebody!!!
Fri, 07/28/2006 - 7:43pm

great news.....my daughter will be so happy....#19 Jonathon Goodwin.....She counts to 19 just to say his name. LOL

Sat, 07/29/2006 - 2:33am

nice..my son is excited that Jonathan Goodwin and Kevin St Pierre are both back...

welcome back Goody...


as for my all time top 5..

Len Thornson, Lionel Repka, Terry Pembroke, Robbie Irons and Colin Chin

Sat, 07/29/2006 - 4:37am

First, as much of a contribution as Colin Chaulk has nade to the Komets over the last four years, that period of time is simply NOT LONG ENOUGH to have a jersey retired.

These would be my five (in no particular order)

1) "The Old Redhead" Len Thornson
2) "Steady" Eddie Long
3) "The Tiny Komet Cage Cop" Robbie Irons
4) Colin Ch ..........................in
5) "The (TRUE and ORIGINAL) 'Chief'" Reggie Primeau

NOW, having said that, these guys are NOT to be confused with my all-time ALL-STAR Komet team. Although some one them would also appear.

Komet Warrior
Sat, 07/29/2006 - 7:19am

Warrior Hockey Update

Goodwin and Dombikiewicz to sign in next week.
Duhart to sign in middle AUgust.

Komet Warrior
Sat, 07/29/2006 - 7:21am

Warrior Hockey Update


Hit Somebody!!!
Sat, 07/29/2006 - 7:44am

Thanks For the update Komet Warrior....the OHIC must be buzzing right about now.

Tony E
Sat, 07/29/2006 - 8:22am

Roughrider update!!!
Yee Haw! 8 hours to gametime......

Boy that top 5 would be tough. I would have a hard time picking a top 5 for each decade. When you have enjoyed as much success as this franchise has, picking just 5 is not at all easy.

Sat, 07/29/2006 - 8:28am

IMO, I think they should dedicate something to Joe Franke. At least do something. He has done ALOT for the Komets when he was with them. I think it would be neat to see them retire 35 and hang up his name along with everyone else. He deserves it.

Komet Warrior
Sat, 07/29/2006 - 9:33am

Does anyone think WE might get Frank Littlejohn?

Komet Warrior
Sat, 07/29/2006 - 9:34am

Which leage are the Roughriders in?

Sat, 07/29/2006 - 10:31am

CFL, KW. I don't think the Komets should want Frank Littlejohn. How many playoff series has he ever won? NONE!

Sat, 07/29/2006 - 11:08am

Littlejohn was traded to Elmira. His home is out east, if he plays in the UHL I'm sure it will be out there.

Sat, 07/29/2006 - 1:09pm

Top 5
1. Thornson
2. Long
3. Irons
4. Fletcher
5. Laird

Tony- Hope you enjoy the game.

Sat, 07/29/2006 - 1:12pm

Anyone think we could possibly retire a number for Joe since he's been here 20 odd years...?

Sat, 07/29/2006 - 1:31pm

I doubt it.

Lister and Ullyot were around in the early days. I think a tribute would be great, but retiring a number would go a bit far.

Sat, 07/29/2006 - 2:53pm

Upon review of my top 5, I want to make a slight adjustment:

5a) Terry Pembroke

Must have a D-man in there

Sat, 07/29/2006 - 3:45pm

skate, you really are the kw, arent you, MAN!

Sat, 07/29/2006 - 4:17pm


I think you are right. 10 should be the minimum of years played to have your number retired.As much as I liked him as a player, I am not sure that Fletcher's number should be retired.
As for Colin Chaulk's 91-absolute NOT! If players such as Merv Dubchak , John Goodwin,etc. don't receive that honor, then a player who only played 4 seasons shouldn't either.
Two people who I feel that the Komet organization is remiss in not having in their Hall of Fame are Terry McDougall and Jack Loos. Any thoughts on those two?

Sat, 07/29/2006 - 7:36pm

Nothing but total agreement, Neal.

Tony E
Sat, 07/29/2006 - 9:48pm

Neal..agree also. Fletcher does not warrant the number because that honour is not a popularity contest.

Folks the game was the most amazing sporting event I have ever attended (only thing close was the Komets cup clincher in 03) . People on their feet screaming every single play for the entire 60 minutes. Final score Roughriders 19 Stampeders 9
Roughriders had former Bears QB running for his life all game. IU alumni out there might remember Nate Davis and Andrew Greene, both who have been stars for the riders for the last several years.

Tony E
Sat, 07/29/2006 - 9:49pm

TYPO...Former bears QB Henry Burris