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Things progressing with leagues

Things sound as if they are progressing on the possible conjoining of the IHL and Central Hockey League.

"The CHL meetings were concluded and were extremely positive," Komets president Michael Franke said. "We worked through a number of things. But there are many, many, many issues that have to be taken care of. It'll be fine and it's all going very, very well."

The Komets are the three-time defending champions of the IHL, which is trying to determine how many of its six teams would begin playing under the CHL moniker next season.

"That's the biggest factor and part of what we're trying to determine right now," Franke said, alluding to the uncertain future of franchises in Port Huron and Flint, Mich. "It's a key for everybody, because the more (franchises) there are (from the IHL), the more this makes sense."

The CHL has 13 teams in the possible mix for next season, though league officials have declined to discuss the happenings at its meetings.

The IHL meetings will be June 21-23 in Las Vegas, though Franke expects some information to be given before those conclude on things such as length of season, divisional alignment, roster restrictions, playoff format and unionization of players.

"There is no new news, yet," Franke said. "But everything is moving down the track fine."

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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