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Komets' compass points North

So now the Fort Wayne Komets can program Rapid City, S.D., into the GPS.

Also Evansville, Wichita, Kan., Windsor Colo., and Independence, Mo.

Those cities, along with IHL holdovers Fort Wayne, Quad City, Dayton and Bloomington, Ill., will comprise the reconstituted Central Hockey League's North Division in 2010-11, as announced by the CHL Tuesday.

The South Division will include the Allen (Tex.) Americans, Arizona Sundogs, Bossier-Shreveport (La.) Mudbugs, Laredo (Tex.) Bucks, Mississippi RiverKings, Odessa (Tex.) Jackalopes, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees, Texas Brahmas and Tulsa (Okla.) Oilers.

The 19th CHL season will begin Friday, Oct. 15 with six games. The Komets will open the season Saturday, Oct. 16, against an opponent yet to be determined.

"We are very excited about the divide between the two conferences, and feel the balance and rivalries created will be great for all fans," said CHL commissioner Duane Lewis in the league's official release.

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