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Komets retired jersey numbers
2 Guy Dupuis
5 Terry Pembroke
6 Lionel Repka
11 Len Thornson
16 Eddie Long
12 Reggie Primeau
18 Rob Laird
26 Colin Chin
30 Robbie Irons
40 Bob Chase
58 Ken Ullyot
59 Colin Lister
77 Steve Fletcher
Bud Gallmeier of The News-Sentinel has also had his name added to the retired banners.
Heading into a meeting with Komets management, the second he walked up to a local restaurant last Thursday and saw Chuck Adamson standing there, Nick Boucher knew what was happening. Then Adamson figured it out when he saw Boucher.
"I knew they didn't need a goalies coach,'' Adamson said.
The Komets announced Monday they are adding the two goaltenders to the list of retired jerseys hanging from the Memorial Coliseum rafters. Pairing them together may seem odd to some, but Boucher (No. 33) and Adamson (No.1) love the idea of a double ceremony Oct. 26 to join the previous 13 honorees.
"It bridges the gap between two really successful eras of the Komets' franchise,'' Boucher said. "Any time you have a chance to be associated with some of those older players, it's an honor, and it will be to hang up there with them. That's what's also going to make the night even more special."
It's also something unique that only a franchise that has been around 61 years can do. Adamson won the Komets' first two titles in 1963 and 1965, and Boucher won the last four in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012. The Komets have won nine titles overall.
"You have to have good goaltenders to win championships,'' Adamson said. "Lots of people think they can do it, but then they find out how hard it is.''
The things Adamson accomplished seem superhuman today, especially playing in 176 consecutive games over three seasons. Adamson often lost more than 25 pounds each season because there was no way to eat enough to survive that kind of grind.
The first Komets goaltender to wear a mask, Adamson also holds records for most shots faced in a season of 2,532 and most saves in a season of 2,268 (1963-64). Those will never be broken.
Boucher announced his retirement in May after sitting out last season after surgery on both hips. Besides winning four titles in five years, he was also twice named the league's top goaltender and started the Central Hockey League All-Star Game in 2012.
His saves weren't always flashy or acrobatic, but no one was better at making the absolutely necessary momentum-changing stop. That's why he was "Big-Game" Boucher, the guy who always bounced back when things seemed to be falling apart, the guy who could always win on the road no matter how many shots he faced, how many games down the Komets were in a series or even sometimes how his teammates played. He'd stop the puck and get the job done.
Komets General Manager David Franke said the team doesn't have any specific plans on retiring more numbers at this point, but he knows someday Terry McDougall, Al Sims and Colin Chaulk will be added. He said the team is also going to induct new members into its hall of fame during the upcoming season.
The team also announced Monday it had traded rookie defenseman Mathieu Gagnon to Stockton for future considerations. Gagnon will attend training camp with the New York Islanders who wanted him to play with the rest of their ECHL players in Stockton.
Gagnon, 20, made his ECHL debut in Fort Wayne last season, collecting an assist and 22 penalty minutes in six games.