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Ice Chips

  • A possible new Komet
    No official word yet, but I'm hearing that the Komets may be completing a deal with Thomas Frazee, who had 24 goals and 47 points in 60 games last season with Quad City of the CHL.
  • Komets affiliate with Avs, Lake Erie
    The Komets have aligned with the NHL's Colorado Avalanche and their American Hockey League team, the Lake Erie Monsters.
  • This is sad news
    Former Komets star Joe Kastelic, who once owned the record for most goals scored in the IHL, died Wednesday at 81. He skated for the Komets from 1953 to 1957 and then again in 1960-61.

Good vibe tonight

There's a good, palpable vibe at Memorial Coliseum tonight as the Komets ready to take on the Muskegon Lumberjacks, who have a four-point edge on Fort Wayne for first place in the IHL.

The key for the Komets tonight, undoubtedly, is containing the IHL's top two scorers, Todd Robinson (94 points) and Robin Bouchard (52 goals, 90 points). Bouchard is four points away from becoming the all-time minor-league goal scorer, eclipsing Don Parsons' mark of 682.

Bouchard, of course, is a former Fort Wayne player.

Amazing to think, after this, there is only one more game at the Coliseum versus the Lumberjacks, who will drop to the junior hockey ranks after this season. That game will be April 7. I have a feeling, though, these clubs will meet in the finals, as they did last season.

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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