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Komets and Avs renew Affiliation for 2 years

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At one point this summer the Fort Wayne Komets started looking around for another NHL partner to affiliate with for the 2015-16 season but in the end both teams reached a 2-year agreement to stay together.

"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."

As of right now, the Avs/Rampage don't have anyone other than a goalie to send to Ft Wayne, but that should change after training camps. Last year the Komets had the 3rd best record in the ECHL's Eastern Conference thanks in part to All-Rookie Goalie Roman Will and other Avs prospects including Mitchel Heard, Garrett Meurs and Gabe Beaupre.

This season the brother Komets move to the Western Conference and are looking at a huge increase in travel, playing teams from Cincinnati to Tulsa to Alaska.

Fort Wayne Head Coach Gary Graham will be in San Antonio for Rampage training camp as he was in Lake Erie for theirs last year.