I guess I didn't know there was a question about it, but apparently mascot Icy D. Eagle will, in fact, be back for the Komets' first season in the new International Hockey League. I'm not sure this will help either the toughness or goaltending voids, but at least I can reasonably assume there will still be a Nutcracker dance with a tutu come the holidays.
This will be his 14th season with the team. It says Icy is 16; that's only 21 years younger than defenseman Guy Dupuis.
In case you're wondering, it is true that Icy began his career with the Salt Lake Golden Eagles for two years, before making his Fort Wayne appearance in a 1994 All-Star Game. He returned to Fort Wayne for the playoffs and became a permanent fixture after the Golden Eagles disbanded.
-- By Justin A. Cohn, The Journal Gazette