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Wake me when there's news

Let's all hope this isn't a sign of things to come with the Central Hockey League.

Their league meetings have ended and we have no news to report on what happened, as it pertains to the conjoining of the CHL and the IHL.

I understand, there are a lot of factors here, but at least throw us a bone and tell us something. Like, yes, we're still talking and not in a room sparring.

I don't know, something, anything.

Someone who was at the meetings told me that another Governors' meeting had to take place today -- I don't know if it was by conference call or what -- before any announcements of worth to IHL readers could be made.

Repeated phone calls to Michael Franke, the Komets' president and head of the IHL's Board of Governors, have gone unreturned.

Here is what the official statement out of the CHL had to say:

The Central Hockey League's 15th annual Summer Conference concluded on Saturday night with the league's awards banquet honoring the top front office executives and team achievements from the 2009-10 season. One of the highlights of the evening was when Jason Duda was given the 2010 Rick Kozuback Award.

The award, named for the former President of the Western Professional Hockey League and current President/CEO of Global Entertainment Corporation (the CHL's parent company), is 'presented annually to the Central Hockey League owner, front office staff member, coach or player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, determination and commitment to the game, sport and business of hockey.'

As a player, Duda ranks second in the CHL in all-time games played and third on the league's point list. After being placed on season ending injured reserve, Duda was named the interim coach of the Wichita thunder and earlier in the off-season was named the team's new assistant coach.

The entire list of award winners is below:

Rick Kozuback Award – Jason Duda, Wichita Thunder

Ralph Backstrom Soul of Service Award – Bob Rennison, Missouri Mavericks

CHL Game Operations Franchise of the Year – Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees

CHL Merchandising Franchise of the Year – Missouri Mavericks

CHL Community Relations Franchise of the Year – Odessa Jackalopes

CHL Broadcaster of the Year – Travis Huntington, Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs

CHL Communications Executive of the Year – J.P. Puma, Colorado Eagles

CHL Corporate Partnership Executive of the Year – Gavin Riches, Colorado Eagles

CHL Group Sales Franchise of the Year – Missouri Mavericks

CHL Ticketing Executive of the Year – Trevor Bowers, Rapid City Rush

CHL Ticket Sales Franchise of the Year – Colorado Eagles

CHL Leadership Award – Glen Hart, Laredo Bucks

Brad Treliving CHL Executive of the Year – Grant Buckborough, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees

CHL Franchise of the Year – Rapid City Rush

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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