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Franke, Chase honored

And hear the replay of "We've got Game"

The Komets' David Franke was selected as IHL General Manager of the Year, after a vote among other general managers and governors. Franke was selected as Executive of the Year in the old IHL during 1991 and was General Manager of the Year in 1998. He also won that award in 2007 in the United Hockey League.

The Komets, who are chasing a fourth straight regular-season championship, are in second place in the IHL, eight points back of Muskegon.

Fort Wayne's Bob Chase, meanwhile, was selected as Broadcaster of the Year by broadcasters, reporters and public-relations directors. Chase, 84, is in his 57th season calling games for the Komets.

Port Huron's Larry Kinney won Executive of the Year. Scott Hoberg won Officiating Staff Member of the Year, which is selected by coaches, general managers and team captains. Bloomington's Bryan Bloodworth got Public Relations Director of the Year.

  • If you missed the inaugural broadcast of "We've got Game," with Justin Cohn and Ben Smith, never fear. The replay can be heard through this button on the right. Mitch Woods was one of the guests.

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