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A little math

… as in, "a little addition, a little subtraction."

The subtraction, of course, is the Muskegon Lumberjacks, who announced the IHL semi-annual meetings Monday they would be dropping out of professional hockey after 50 years. The addition – or prospective addition – involves Chicago and Evansville, both of whom made presentations to the board of governors in regard to their future inclusion in the league.

Here's what I say about that: I hope both of the ownership groups are more viable than the original ownership group for the expansion Dayton franchise. That group was suspect from the get-go and, surprise, surprise, didn't even make it out of 2009.

I also would like to hear a little greater level of concern over Muskegon's departure. That's two of the more venerable hockey markets in the Midwest (Musky and Kalamazoo) bailing in two years. Granted, Michigan's a tough row to hoe economically these days, but when you're losing the third-best draw in your league, it's a hard thing to make up for – even if E-ville and Chicago wind up being solid franchises.

More later.

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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