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Ice Chips

  • A goalie guess; look at lines
    Roman Will would seem to be the most likely fit to wind up in the ECHL as a goalie, but he's spent the last two seasons in the Czech Republic after an impressive junior career in Moncton. If I had to guess, it would be him.
  • K's sign 2 forwards
    The Komets finalized the signing of forward Thomas Frazee, who had 24 goals and 47 points in 60 games last season for Quad City of the CHL, and also announced that they have added forward Brett Beebe to the roster.
  • Looks almost official
    Center Thomas Frazee posted on his twitter account he will play for the Komets this season.
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Blackhawks looking at Hodgman

And I think more expansion is coming Wednesday

Justin Hodgman, who skated parts of the last two seasons with the Fort Wayne Komets and was selected as the International Hockey League's Playoff MVP in 2008, will participate in a prospects camp with the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks July 5-10.

Hodgman, 20, had seven goals and 12 points in 11 playoff games last spring, helping the Komets to their second straight championship.

"Yes, I'm absolutely excited," said Hodgman, a center, who participated in a similar event with the Minnesota Wild last year. "It's something I was looking for, to get an NHL tryout. When my agent called me, I jumped all over it.

"Basically, you want to play well and make a good first impression there. That's huge. You want to please the guys at the top of the organization and you want to make sure you do well."

  • The IHL still hasn't reconvened its league meetings, which finished up in Las Vegas last week with undisclosed business unfinished. However, according to Komets president Michael Franke, the chairman of the Board of Governors, the league should resume the meetings via conference call Wednesday. I've been told I can "hopefully expect a big announcement then," and I'm betting that an expansion team for the Quad Cities is what's at stake.

  • There's an interesting story out of Bloomington, Ill., about the whopping $440,000 loss the U.S. Cellular Coliseum took in its third year. Click here to read The Pantagraph.
  • As usual, I couldn't find a link to the story, but you should check out the latest edition of ESPN The Magazine. There's a great piece -- I'm sure it will be copied a ton -- on the greatest players to wear each jersey number. Quite a few hockey players made the list.

  • Looking for a good charitable endeavor to get involved with? Check this out.

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at jcohn@jg.net.

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