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Dayton gets slammed

Maybe it's just one disgruntled player

When I spoke with Dayton Gems coach John Marks early in the week, he conceded that he was still waiting for some equipment and the locker rooms were still being renovated.

Things like that are to be expected for an expansion team moving into an older building.

And everyone within the Gems' organization keeps telling me how great things are going.

Not everyone thinks so, though.

Check out this story from The Ledger-Enquirer, in which goaltender Ian Vigier slams the Gems, who he left after only a few days.

"I spent a week there," Vigier said. "From the day I got there, the facility and the bus were not at all what I was expecting from an IHL team. It was just not the right situation for me. Maybe a different city would have been different. The rink was atrocious. There wasn't even a locker room set up for the guys. It was pretty unprofessional and not at all organized."

Take it for what it's worth; this is just one player, and who knows what the backstory is with this? But it's a situation to be watched nonetheless. Hara Arena is old, though I think the atmosphere could be great, and the Gems have rookie owners.

Speaking of which, what was co-owner Richard Bruner, a native of northeast Indiana, thinking with this statement from a Gems' news release that came out after the Komets' 4-2 exhibition win over the Generals?

"Al Sims has a lot of work to do with his team before the regular season", Bruner said.

Such a strange thing to put in a release. Such a strange thing to say anyway, after you lose a game. A meaningless game. The whole thing struck me as weird.

To continue with the weirdness, though, the Gems shook up their front office staff today. That includes a new media relations director. It's unclear if anyone was fired through the changes.

In closing, Nick Boucher will be a bobblehead. Click here. I like the middle one.

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