Kings now possible for K’s?
Former Komets player/assistant coach Bruce Ramsay has been hired by the Wichita Thunder. Ramsay, who played for the Komets in 1999-2000, has a bevy of experience that includes leading the Muskegon Fury to the 2009 IHL finals (losing to Fort Wayne) and being an assistant on the Grand Rapids Griffins’ Calder Cup-winning team in 2017.
He coached the Tulsa Oilers from 2009 to 2015.
Elsewhere, the Manchester Monarchs announced the are suspending operations, after an ECHL season that saw them lose to the Newfoundland Growers in the North Division finals. With average attendance of 2,458, they ranked 26th, ahead of only the Wheeling Nailers.
This may be interesting from a Komets perspective. While I fully expect Fort Wayne to affiliate again with the Vegas Golden Knights, we must remember there are connections between the Los Angeles Kings and the Komets, namely former Fort Wayne player and coach Robbie Laird, who is the senior pro scout with the Kings.
Despite all the positive talk from the Komets about the Golden Knights, and how their minor-league system will be more fully stocked next season, choosing the Kings over them would be a total no-brainer.