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Tailing the Komets

Komets to retire Boucher, Adamson numbers

From a Komets press release

The Komets announced Monday that the team will honor former goaltenders Chuck Adamson and Nick Boucher by retiring their numbers Saturday, October 26, when the Komets host the Cincinnati Cyclones at the Memorial Coliseum at 7:30pm.

A pregame ceremony will place Adamson's number 1 and Boucher's number 33 in retirement. The numbers will join those of 13 previously honored Komet personnel.

"The Komet Hockey Club has won a total of nine playoff championships in its history," Komet general manager David Franke said.  "Chuck Adamson and Nick Boucher account for six of those nine championships!  What tremendous careers they have had and they both reside in Fort Wayne."

Adamson won two IHL Turner Cup Championships as Komet netminder in 1963 and 1965, the club's first two league crowns. During his Fort Wayne career the Sudbury, Ontario native was named a 1962-63 IHL Second Team All Star and a 1964-65 IHL First Team All Star. Adamson was awarded the 1964-65 IHL James Norris Memorial Trophy as Outstanding Goaltender of the Year.

Adamson holds Komet records of fewest saves in a game (8, March 27, 1965 vs Dayton), Most consecutive games by a Komet goaltender of 176 (Nov. 2, 1962-Jan. 22, 1965), most shots faced in a season of 2,532 and most saves in a season of 2,268 (1963-64).

Adamson began his career with the Komets appearing in all 70 1962-63 regular season games before backstopping the Komets to all 11 playoff games en route to Fort Wayne's first league championship.

He followed with appearances in all 70 1963-64 regular season games and added 12 playoff games while leading the Komets again to the IHL finals.  In 1964-65 Adamson added 62 regular season games with the Komets before capturing his second IHL Crown appearing in all 10 postseason games.  Adamson completed his career with the Komets playing four games during 1966-67 before announcing his retirement.

Boucher began his career with the Komets appearing in 31 games during 2007-08 and leading the Komets to the first of three straight IHL Turner Cup Championships (2008, 2009, 2010). During his first season in Fort Wayne Boucher led IHL goalies with a 2.32 goals-against average and .913 save percentage.

In 2008-09 Boucher added his second consecutive year as top goaltender in the IHL with a 2.43 goals-against average while leading with 32 wins. He also posted his second straight year of leading IHL goaltenders in the playoffs with a 1.75 goals-against average.  Boucher was named IHL Goaltender of the Year for 2008-09 in addition to being named an IHL First Team All Star and voted by fellow players as the Komets' Most Valuable Player of the Year.

In 2009-10 the Leduc, Alberta native led IHL goaltenders for the third straight season in the playoffs with a 2.62 goals-against average before collecting his third consecutive IHL Turner Cup Crown.

In 2011-12 Boucher topped CHL goaltenders and matched his career high of 32 wins.

He posted three shutouts for a total of 11 Fort Wayne career shutouts. Boucher was named starting goaltender to the 2012 CHL All-Star Team and awarded his second Komets' Most Valuable Player of the Year Award. Boucher finished the year tying Pokey Reddick's Fort Wayne record of 12 wins in a playoff season by a goaltender while adding his fourth Komet championship.

Adamson and Boucher's numbers will take their spot in the rafters of the Coliseum alongside Robbie Irons' number 30 for a total of three Komet goaltender numbers retired.

"Chuck Adamson and Nick Boucher hold Komet records that will never be broken," Komet president Michael Franke said. "Their contribution to Komet hockey is something Komet fans will never forget. Every time you walk in the Coliseum you will be reminded of their greatness as goaltenders and as human beings."


Blake Sebring
Mon, 08/26/2013 - 11:45am

Have  no problem with these two being honored, and congratulations to both, but Terry McDougall needs to go up as well and there's no reason to continue waiting. That's ridiculous.

Mon, 08/26/2013 - 6:51pm


What is the deal? Greatest Komet in last 15 years, and top 3 or 4 all time in orange and black.

Please offer some reason as to why Colin is not an automatic.....

Thank You.

Mon, 08/26/2013 - 7:03pm

I'd heard they were honoring Sims that night too...raising a banner in his name for the winningest coach in Komets history. Did they decide against that now? He definitely deserves an honor of some sort.

Mon, 08/26/2013 - 9:57pm

Like Chaulk, Al has done something to put himself into the Frankes doghouse currently....... 

Tue, 08/27/2013 - 9:42am

As noted above, Adamson holds the record for fewest saves in a game wearing a Komet uniform.

Doesn't he also hold the record for most saves in a game?  I'm probably wrong on this, but didn't he have something like 72 saves in a game?  It was a long time ago, my memory isn't as good as it once was, but that is my recollection.  Somewhere in the back of my mind it seems like someone broke the record, but wow, that would be an awful lot of shots faced.  Anybody know?

Primeval Forest Primate (Formerly JM)
Tue, 08/27/2013 - 1:20pm

I can't see why you wouldn't retire Chaulk and Boucher's numbers on the same night. They won cups together, video highlights of the Capt reciting "tired is for losers" while Bouch makes wild saves. It's obvious that management has an issue with Chaulk. 

Adamson and Boucher are deserving, no doubt about that. 


Tue, 08/27/2013 - 2:45pm

I'm not so sure that I'd jump on the Franke's quite so fast.  As far as I know not one of us is in the room where these decisions are made.

I'm convinced that Colin Chaulk will get his recognition.  I'm convinced that Al Sims will too. 

Sometimes things don't happen on our timetable and who knows, maybe they (meaning the Komets and Chaulk and Sims) couldn't come together on a night where the honor could be awarded that would be comfortable to everyone involved.

Maybe things are a little tense between those involved.  Maybe they aren't.  If they are it's been my experience that time heals all wounds and the honor will mean that much more when given with sincerity and received with graciousness.



Ron Heathman
Tue, 08/27/2013 - 3:48pm

You are such a diplomat Alan ! I love it !

Andy Sherman
Tue, 08/27/2013 - 6:30pm

I think they probably had planned on doing Adamson's number and maybe they thought it would be cool to do two goalies from totally different eras in the same night?  Chaulk and Sims only retired this year, and although officially that is the same for Nick, he hasn't played since 2012.  I just think the circumtances fit in this situation a little better?  Seems like Nick is on better terms with the organization than Chaulk/Sims?

Tue, 08/27/2013 - 10:33pm

And why would Boucher be on better terms than Chaulk with the Komet Front Office?

Did they suddenly forget all the love they had for him in bringing him back and calling him the best leader the Komets have had? Did they suddenly forget the worth he had as player, captain, coach, and presence in the community and with youth hockey?

I am not buying that they are just waiting a year....

Something isn't right with this picture. Sorry.