FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) - Former Fort Wayne Komets executive, owner and head coach Ken Ullyot died Thursday at age 92.
Ullyot came to the Komets in 1958 as head coach, leading the K's to the 1963 and 1965 IHL Turner Conference Championships. He later served as general manager and owner before retirement in 1986. He was owner during the 1973 IHL Turner Cup Championship.
"I grew up in his era and he was the foundation of my love for Komet hockey," Komets majority owner and CEO Stephen Franke said in a statement from the franchise. "Ken told me when we bought the franchise to savor the wins and when you wake up the next morning you'll still be excited. Forget about the losses before you go to bed."
Ulloyt was named the International Hockey League's All-Time Greatest General Manager in 1997 by The Hockey News. The league also honored him as the namesake of the Western Conference Championship trophy.
The Fort Wayne Komets retired No. 58--reflecting his first year in Fort Wayne--to remember Ulloyt's contributions to the K's. He was added to the Komets Hall of Fame in 1987.
Ulloyt was preceded in death by his wife, Vi, in 2009. The couple made Fort Wayne their home for 55 years. Services are pending.
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