FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Jersey collectors will have to start making plans to add one more to their collection, as the Fort Wayne Komets are planning to release a new third jersey during the 2018-19 ECHL season.
Fort Wayne News-Sentinel reporter Blake Sebring made the announcement during a reader question-and-answer article about the upcoming campaign. Komets General Manager David Franke confirmed the jersey will have a retro appeal.
“We redesign them a little bit all the time, moving the orange and black around and moving the striping,” Franke said. “We’re not going to stray too much from the pattern we have now unless we recreate a retro jersey.”
Sebring reported the jerseys will feature a logo similar to what the Komets used in the 90s, which means it will most likely use the beloved Kaptain Komets logo, which itself has been reused by the team several times, including their run for the Central Hockey League’s President’s Cup in 2012.
He added that the jersey will possibly be revealed on the ice, as the team wears it during their home opener on October 20th. The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum is always packed for the Komets’ first home game of the season, which makes that date seem like the perfect time to do it, both in terms of visibility and possible sales.
The Komets are no strangers to alternate jerseys, with many theme nights every season bringing about jerseys based on superheroes, cancer awareness, and Star Wars, but the team hasn’t had a dedicated “third jersey” since the “Spaceman” design from a few years ago.
Judging from how popular the team’s “theme” jerseys are, usually fetching at least $400 each on game night auctions, hockey fans attending the home opener had better come early and come prepared to drop some cash, if they’re wanting to grab one of the new jerseys quickly.