It didn’t take too long for the Komets to find their new head coach in Ben Boudreau.
Through the two-plus week search, the hockey-blooded Boudreau was right in front of them, as the assistant to former head coach Gary Graham.
The son of former NHL player and head coach, Bruce Boudreau, Ben has always been around an ice rink.
From his playing days in the IHL to being an assistant coach in the ECHL for the last five years, Ben follows in the foot-steps of his father.
As back in 19909, Bruce played for the Komets and would go on to have one of his first coaching stints in Fort Wayne, the start of one long and accomplished coaching career.
Ben is eager to do the same, starting in the Fort.
“The way my father spoke about it when I’d come here, as a player, Fort Wayne is a special place,” Boudreau told WPTA after his hiring was announced via press release.
“It was a great place to come and visit, and, now I have a young son, and hopefully, he has the same experiences that I had as a kid.”
“It’s really exciting, right now, for my family and I.”
For the Komets, the choice was an easy one, despite numerous candidates.
“He grew up with Komet hockey,” Komets Director of Hockey OPS David Franke said after the announcement.
“We are giving him this opportunity because he deserves it.”