FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) - The Fort Wayne Komets honored two of the best goaltenders in franchise history on Saturday night.
Nick Boucher and Chuck Adamson had their numbers retired in an on-ice ceremony prior to the Komets' game with Cincinnati.
Boucher joined the Komets in 2007-08, and was in the crease for four of the K's league titles. He is a former league All-Star, league Goaltender of the Year and two-time Komets Most Valuable Player.
"To be joining quite a tradition is definitely something that's not lost on me," Boucher says. "My first experience of when I came to Fort Wayne was as an Elmira Jackal. I do remember coming out, and looking up to the rafters across from the visitors' bench and seeing all the banners and the championships and retired numbers."
Adamson goaltended two Turner Cup Championships in 1963 and 1965. He won the Norris Trophy as Outstanding Goaltender of the Year and was an All-Star in 1964-65. Adamson holds Komets records for fewest saves in a game (8), most saves in a season (2,268) and consecutive games played by a goaltender (176).
"I'm in awe, and I'm very humbled," Adamson says. "The guys that are in, my gosh, they're good hockey players. They're all living in Fort Wayne; and it makes it extra, extra special."
Boucher's No. 33 and Adamson's No. 1 join 13 other jerseys to hang from Memorial Coliseum rafters. The pair are the second and third goalies behind Robbie Irons (No. 30) to receive the honor.
Boucher and Adamson were joined by their families and fellow former Komets who have had their numbers retired, too.
For more coverage of Saturday night's ceremony, tune in to Sound Off With The Komets presented by PHP live from Champions Sports Bar & Restaurant on Monday night at 7:30 p.m. on 21Alive.
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