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Ice Chips

  • K's invading AHL camps
    When American Hockey League training camps opened today, there were lots of players under contract to play for the Komets this season who took part.
  • Bachman in Prospects Game
    The USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, in which Karch Bachman of Walcottville, is playing will be on NHL a network at 7 p.m. Thursday.
  • Komets add two players
    The Komets continued to fill out their training camp roster Wednesday with the signings of forward Maxwell Tardy and goaltender Eric Mihalik.

K's sign 3; Chaulk interview

The Komets signed three players today, including center Leo Thomas, 28, who had a team-leading 33 goals and 60 points in 72 games last season. In the playoffs, he totaled eight goals and 19 points in 23 games over the last two years, helping the Komets to win two championships.

And, he's got experience in the Central Hockey League, which the Komets will be a part of this season.

The Komets also signed defenseman Craig Cescon, who tallied one goal and eight points in 76 games last season with Flint, and forward Matt Ward, who had two goals and six points in eight games last season with Reading of the ECHL.

Ward played alongside Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock at Neumann College.

I will have more on the signings later today, but the Komets seem to be off to a solid start, if you ask me. Remember, the collective-bargaining agreement with the players' association hasn't even been ratified, so many teams haven't made signings, but the Komets have clearly targeted some youth here.

I see a really good second line with Thomas, Derek Patrosso and Brandon Naurato. Now, they need to see if they can P.C. Drouin, a true No. 1 center and someone like Matt Syroczynski or Sean O'Connor.

  • You are going to want to listen to this week's edition of "We've got Game," co-hosted by Justin Cohn and Ben Smith, if only for the interview with Colin Chaulk. That runs from about the 15- to 30-minute mark. Click here.

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