The Fort Wayne Komets in conjunction with Xfinity and in preparation for their 60th Anniversary Season are proud to announce a schedule of five LIVE game broadcasts during the 2011-12 Season. The Komet Home Games will air LIVE on Xfinity Channel 81 and will feature Kent Hormann handling the play-by-play call. Hormann will be assisted on the broadcasts with Fort Wayne native Bob Gnau who tended goal at the junior hockey level in Fort Wayne and was also a successful high school coach in the area. All production will originate from the Coliseum combining both Xfinity production cameras and facilities AND, for the first time ever, live broadcast of the Coliseum's internal network of cameras and production facilities.
The games that are scheduled for LIVE BROADCAST have been handpicked by Xfinity and the Komets specifically to highlight traditional special events that occur annually during each season. The broadcasts will kick-off with the Komets' 60th home opener against the Evansville Icemen on Saturday, October 22nd at 7:30pm and culminate at the last 2011-12 regular season home game against the Dayton Gems on Sunday, March 25th at 5:00pm, which also features the annual Komet Team Awards immediately following the game, which will also be televised for the first time in team history.
In addition to opening night and the regular season finale, Xfinity Channel 81 will also feature LIVE BROADCASTS on New Year's Eve, Saturday, December 31st at 7:30 against Bloomington and Friday, February 10th at 8:00pm as the Komets host the Quad City Mallards for the annual “Comcast Report Card Night” game. A fifth Komet hockey telecast will be announced at a later date and may include a Komet tilt from the 2012 CHL playoffs in April.