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Ice Chips

  • CHL vs. ECHL lawsuit makes for interesting reading
    If you are interested in this sort of thing, here is a lawsuit that was filed against the ECHL by the CHL, in which it is alleged the ECHL tried to "poach" the Rapid City Rush and Allen Americans.
  • Ex-Komet becomes a coach
    Former Komets player Kevin Kaminski has been hired to coach the Portland Junior Pirates.
  • Mesiner signs with CHL team
    Goaltender Ben Meisner, who played last season for the Komets, has signed to play with Allen of the CHL this season.

Predictions to get you going

And some other news and notes

I have some predictions that I'm almost 23 percent sure will come to fruition in the coming season for the Fort Wayne Komets and the International Hockey League:

  • Brad MacMillan will have more goals (18) than fights this season.
  • Following in the footsteps of Kevin Bertram and Adam Lewis, either Kelly Hurd or Jim Logan will come out of retirement to skate for the Komets.
  • Colin Chaulk will surpass his career high of 26 goals.
  • Nick Boucher's goals-against average will be worse than last season's 2.43, but his save percentage will be better than .919.
  • The Komets will release a player mid-season and he'll be picked up by Kalamazoo of the ECHL.
  • A player other than Brandon Warner will suffer a hip injury.
  • Either Dayton's or Flint's bus will break down on the way to Fort Wayne, delaying a game.
  • Muskegon's Todd Robinson will tally 120 points, be plus-4, and win the league's MVP Award.
  • A Fort Wayne coach or player will rip the off-ice officials for something, and somehow that'll be my fault.
  • Dayton's John Marks will win Coach of the Year honors.
  • Quad City's fans will start claiming on message boards that low attendance is because of not having an American Hockey League franchise.
  • Blair Stayzer will spend most of the season playing forward for the Komets.
  • Leo Thomas and Matt Syroczynski will combine for 70 goals.
  • Several stories will be published in Peoria's newspaper about the possibility the Rivermen will join the IHL, and not once will the IHL be correctly referred to as AA-level hockey.
Here are some other items that should interest you:

  • It took way too long -- more than 24 hours after he was rehired by The Flint Journal -- but Brendan Savage gave us a Top-10 list. And, yes, it takes some shots at Fort Wayne. Nos. 3, 8 and 10 are the funniest.
  • The Muskegon Chronicle's season-preview package can be read by clicking here.
  • Bloomington is banking on goaltending to get it to the playoffs for the first time: Click here to read.

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