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Komets name Boudreau head coach

Ben Boudreau

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) – The Fort Wayne Komets have a new head coach, and he will be a rookie to that role.

Ben Boudreau, a five-year assistant with ECHL clubs, will move into the top role behind the bench.

Boudreau, 34, played for several teams on the minor league hockey circuit before moving into coaching roles.

His playing career ended with a stint in France from 2012-13.

“Ben Boudreau has put in the hard work and is deserving of this opportunity,” Komets Vice President and General Manager David Franke stated.  “Ben’s love of Komet hockey, his professional approach and positive communications skills were big factors in awarding him the head coaching job.  Ben’s knowledge of the ECHL and his contacts in the NHL, AHL and with player agents are also very beneficial in recruiting.”

The Komets earlier in May announced the departure of longtime coach Gary Graham, who spent a total of 10 years with the team in coaching positions.

Graham holds a Komets head coaching career record of 251-130-51 and a .640 winning percentage.

The Komets were eliminated this past season in Round 1 of the ECHL playoffs.

Boudreau will make his pro head coaching debut when the Komets open their 2019-20 season. Single game tickets go on sale in September.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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