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Muskegon rumors ‘n’ such

While I was watching the Komets take a 1-0 lead over Dayton in the first period tonight … I asked Komets president Michael Franke about the rumors aloft that Muskegon might be contemplating a jump to the juniors in the USHL.

It’s a move that likely would sound the death knell for the IHL (although, to be fair, some people said that when Kalamazoo took a powder, too). But while Franke didn’t totally discount the possibility, he said it’s highly unlikely, if only because the league bylaws would make such a defection extremely difficult.

He also said the rumor – which he’s also heard – apparently stems from the fact that the Lumberjacks share their building with another junior team, the Detroit club from the AAHL. Apparently that’s gotten talk going around that L.C. Walker Arena could host a USHL team eventually.

Anyway … that’s the scoop, according to Franke.

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