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  • 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.
  • Major signings for Komets
    The Komets bolstered their roster with a potential No. 1 goaltender, a former first-round NHL draft pick, a familiar face and player who should be popular with the fans.
  • Former Komet in Elmira
    Steven Shamanski, who had a cup of coffee with the Komets, has signed to play this season with Elmira of the ECHL.
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My MVP vote, and more

OK, I turned in my second of two awards ballots to the IHL today.

For MVP, I picked Robin Bouchard of Muskegon. He has 58 goals in 65 games. It's tough to argue with that.

Rookie of the Year, I went with Mikael Bedard of Port Huron, who impressed me not just with his 34 goals, but also with his plus-29 rating. (I gave consideration to Flint goaltender Rob Nolan, too. It was a tough call.)

Very tough call at Goaltender of the Year, where I picked Tim Haun of Fort Wayne. I'm not entirely comfortable with it, just because I happen to think he's not the most talented goalie on his own team, but this is an award that I really believe in statistics and Haun leads in victories (25), goals-against average (2.16) and the most important one, save percentage (.922), while playing in a hefty 40 games.

For my first-team all-stars, I picked: Haun at goalie, defensemen Matt Krug of Muskegon and Daniel Tetrault of Port Huron, plus forwards Bouchard, Colin Chaulk of Fort Wayne and Jon Booras of Bloomington. (I know, I left leading scorer Todd Robinson off, but that's because I wanted to give some weight to the two-way players Chaulk and Booras. Tough call there.)

For my all-rookie team: Nolan at goalie, defensemen Krug and Frankie DeAngelis of Fort Wayne, plus forwards Bedard, John Mori of Flint and Sean O'Connor of Fort Wayne.

  • Don't forget, the inaugural "We've got Game" internet radio show, with Justin Cohn and Ben Smith, will be Tuesday at 6 p.m. If you miss it, you can replay it whenever is convenient. Check back here for details on Tuesday, or just go to this page and click on this radio button to the right at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Among the guests will be the Komets' Mitch Woods, and we plan to ask him some entertaining questions.

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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