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Bouchard's regret: Leaving Fort Wayne

Did you know Robin Bouchard, the prolific-scoring forward of the Muskegon Lumberjacks, played for the Komets in the old AAA-level IHL?

In 1996-97, he began the season with them and had one goal in two games.

Here's something maybe you didn't know: He left of his own volition and admits it might have been a mistake.

"That was probably a mistake I made in my career," Bouchard said. "My first game was against Chicago and I scored the game-tying goal, then netted another one in a shootout. I thought I was a rock star."

After sitting one game, Bouchard played a second time with the Komets and hit a few goalposts while going scoreless.

Then, he told the team he wanted to return to Flint of the United Hockey League, with whom he'd won a lower-level championship the year before.

"It was probably a stupid mistake, but I wanted to go back to my comfort zone," said Bouchard, who left just as he was being put on the top line with Paul Willett and John LeBlanc.

Maybe it was for the best. Bouchard met his wife, Lisa, that year in Flint, Mich., and they have two kids. Now he's 53 goals short of becoming the all-time leading scorer in minor-league hockey history.

I'll have more on Bouchard next week.

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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