OK, there is lots to cover heading into tonight's game between the Komets and Mississippi RiverKings at Memorial Coliseum.
First of all, center Colin Chaulk will not be making his return to the lineup Friday, as had been expected. Due to "extenuating circumstances," he won't be able to practice with the Komets until Monday, putting his return tentatively for Jan. 7 against Evansville.
Also, defenseman Frankie DeAngelis, who has five goals and 17 points in 24 games with the last-place Komets, was the only Fort Wayne representative selected for the All-Star team that will take on defending-champion Rapid City Jan. 12. in South Dakota.
The team was selected by reporters, coaches and staff across the league. Probably the only other Fort Wayne player who even warranted consideration was Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock.
A 19th player will be selected via a fan vote on the Central Hockey League's Facebook page, so you could still make a push for him, if you want.
Finally, looking at tonight's game, here's something interesting: Mississippi has more aged veterans than even Fort Wayne, including 40-year-old Jeff Christian, 37-year-old Louis Dumont, 35-year-old Chris Richards and 32-year-old Nathan Lutz.
And, of course, the RiverKings have former Port Huron goalie Larry Sterling. I wonder what kind of reception he will get tonight, or if the Memorial Coliseum fans even remember how much they hated him in that old thing called the International Hockey League.