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IHL, CHL announcement doesn't include everyone

Port Huron seems absent in whatever this Superleague becomes

The IHL and Central Hockey League have announced their intent to join forces next season, all under the CHL moniker.

Click here to read the press release, and be sure to check back as I will have more later.

Most of the details have to be determined, including schedule, and a collective bargaining agreement with the Professional Hockey Players' Association, and how that will all affect teams from the CHL and IHL.

It's clear, however, that the IHL hopes to remain an its own entity under an umbrella within the CHL.

"Right now we're going to work out all the details, but we've put a working agreement together, and we're scheduling between the two leagues," Hextall said. "All the details will have to be worked out in the next two to three weeks."

Hextall said it's likely that the majority of games for teams like the Komets will be played in what was the current IHL.

"We'll look at it geographically," he said. "That's how the IHL always did it. The geography was set up to avoid the 10-hour bus rides, so when we do sit down to schedule, that will all come into mind. ... It's not going to be a full schedule this year (with the CHL). You're not going to be playing 50-50. It'll be like the American and National Leagues of baseball."

So far, according to Hextall, only four of the IHL's six teams have committed to the new CHL: Fort Wayne, Quad City, Bloomington and Dayton. Flint is in need of new ownership.

Asked about Port Huron, Hextall said, "I don't have a good answer yet on that."

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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