Tuesday, the Fort Wayne Komets and Colorado Avalanche announced an extension of their affiliation for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.
The Komets and the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League will serve as affiliates of the Avalanche.
“The Komet organization is honored and very excited about our new two-year affiliation with the Colorado Avalanche,” Fort Wayne general manager David Franke said. “We had a very good agreement with them last year and they were at the top of our list this summer to continue the relationship. Craig Billington, assistant general manager, and David Oliver, player development director, are great to work with and they understand the value of a good affiliation to both the Avalanche and their AHL affiliate, San Antonio, and the Komets.
“This two-year deal will allow all parties to better utilize their efforts on player personnel during the season and next summer. Head Coach Gary Graham will attend San Antonio’s training camp to get a relationship built with the players coming to Fort Wayne.”
Last year the Komets reached the 100-point plateau for the first time since 2009-10 (48-18-6, 102 points) under the direction of Graham for a successful debut as an affiliate of Colorado. This season will mark the second consecutive season the NHL’s Avalanche has been affiliated with the Komets.