Fort Wayne Komets right wing Jason Sessa has retired to become a member of the New York Police Department.
"Of course, it was a difficult decision," Sessa said. "I didn't want to leave the guys, but this was the opportunity of a lifetime."
Sessa, 29, who had two goals and five points in 11 games, had been wanting to get into the NYPD for years. The Komets were aware, before they signed him last summer, of that desire. Through the help of friends and colleagues, Sessa was able to land a spot in a six-month training program that begins in January.
He lives in Bethpage, N.Y.
"We hate to see him leave," general manager David Franke said. "But we understand it's a career move and he has to strike."
The departure of Sessa will save the Komets a difficult decision -- they had players of veteran status, one more than they're allowed to play. However, if defenseman Brent Henley's knee injury, suffered Friday, turns out to be serious, they will be down to six veterans.
-- By Justin A. Cohn, The Journal Gazette