The Fort Wayne Komets' Nick Boucher was selected as International Hockey League Goaltender of the Year, by coaches, general managers and reporters. He is 31-13-7 with a 2.43 goals-against average, .919 save percentage and three shutouts.
Meanwhile, Fort Wayne's Rick Varone finished third in Rookie of the Year voting. That award went to Kalamazoo's Rick Cleaver, who edged Port Huron's Derek Merlini by one vote.
- I couldn't believe this: Muskegon coach Bruce Ramsay called Brad MacMillan's hit on Robin Bouchard a "cheap shot," in the Muskegon Chronicle. Sorry, that hit was perfectly clean. It's unfortunate that Bouchard got hurt, but it was clean.
- Let it not be said that players in the IHL don't have skills. Check out this goal: Click here, arguably one of the best ever scored. And here's coverage from the Times-Herald, in which the Icehawks seem resigned to finishing second behind Fort Wayne.