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Woods suspended 1 game

Komets forward Mitch Woods has been suspended one game by the IHL for a spearing major he took in Saturday's 5-2 victory over Dayton.

He will be ineligible to play in Friday's game against the Quad City Mallards.

Which brings me to a gripe I'd like to voice. The IHL does not make any officials announcements about suspensions that are only one game, assuming that most of them are for unexciting reasons such as accumulation of game misconducts.

Personally, I don't care what the reason is -- suspensions should be announced. We can't be mind readers and know everything single thing at which the league is looking. If they spent the time to suspend Woods, how about telling the fans? They certainly deserve to know.

You think the NHL just wouldn't mention something like this and wait for the fans to notice a player wasn't on the ice?

The IHL makes some things way too complicated and this is one of them.

  • A must read out of The Flint Journal, in which Generals player, and former NHLer, Bryan Smolinski goes off on the circumstances that are right out of "Slap Shot." Brendan Savage reports that the players are owed money the might never get, have had to buy their own equipment and even received eviction notices from apartment buildings. Savage also notes goaltender Rob Nolan was forced to play a game with a broken stick, which isn't even legal.
  • Wow, what if Bloomington misses the playoffs with coach Jarrod Skalde suspended? Click here to read a story on the interim coach. Skalde, as best as I can tell, got suspended for accumulating too many misconducts.
  • Quad City's Juris Stals will play for Latvia in the upcoming World Championships. Fort Wayne's Konstantin Shafranov will skate for Kazakhstan.
  • Port Huron's Mikael Bedard was chosen as Rookie of the Year by coaches, general managers and reporters.

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