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ECHL appears out

ECHL commissioner Brian McKenna said there is no dialogue between any of the IHL's teams, including the Komets, about them joining his league next season.

"There should not be any conjecture at all with the ECHL," he said. "There is nothing happening on that front, and I can confirm that."

This comes on the heels of my conversation with Central Hockey League commissioner Duane Lewis: Click here.

"We have never had any meetings with the IHL board or membership," McKenna said. "I have not had any conversations with (IHL commissioner) Dennis Hextall for several months. Over the past five or six months, we did have calls from two or three teams with questions requesting information. We tried to answer any questions from that regard.

"There is absolutely nothing going on with the ECHL on an ongoing basis. We are moving forward with plans for our schedule for next year, and I'm not aware of what the IHL's plans are. I can only assume they are moving forward. ... We wish them luck."

I am awaiting comment from the Komets.

I want to point something out about this ECHL situation. Someone well placed within the IHL told me a few weeks ago that McKenna wasn't necessarily privy to all the conversations that the IHL was having with members of the ECHL's board. I'm just throwing that out there for what it's worth -- not much.

My belief is that there is something in the works with the CHL, and I will dig deeper into this later today, so check back. However, I maintain, the Komets going to the CHL makes little sense to me, except that it would allow them to continue fielding the sorts of teams that they have proved exceptional at fielding.

But I do have an idea as to how it would make some sense, and I will detail it later today.

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