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From Dayton to Wheeling

Stan Drulia, who coached the Port Huron Icehawks for four seasons, reaching the Turner Cup Finals in 2007, has been hired by the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL.

Click here to see the press release.

He replaces former Komets coach Greg Puhalski, who led Fort Wayne to the 2003 United Hockey League championship and will now coach his alma mater, Wilfred Laurier University. Click here for coverage on that.

Yes, it was Drulia who had been poised to be Dayton's coach in the IHL-Central Hockey League coalition, a source confirmed, until the Gems' introductory press conference was scuttled Wednesday.

I wonder where the Gems will look now.

There are some good available coaches, such as Rich Kromm, Jason Muzzatti and Steve Martinson. I know the Gems had interviewed a guy coaching in Europe, who I can't name because he did so while in another job. I wonder if the Komets might suggest an interview for Gary Graham.

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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