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Ice Chips

  • Bootland not coming to K's
    You may have heard that Darryl Bootland has defected from the CHL's Allen Americans to join a team in the ECHL. It's not the Komets, according to general manager David Franke.
  • Szydlowski would like bigger role with K's
    Shawn Szydlowski, who re-signed with the Komets today, said he hopes to have a top-line type of role this season.
  • AHL could be coming to town
    There is a possibility the American Hockey League's Lake Erie Monsters and Grand Rapids Griffins will play an exhibition game at Memorial Coliseum on Oct. 4.

Tough choices on awards

I am about to hand in my ballot for the Komets' awards, and I must say there were some categories that were awfully difficult to choose, and I don't mean that in a good way.

Here's what I did:

I voted Tab Lardner for Stonewall Defensive Forward.

For Defenseman of the Year, I went, of course, with Frankie DeAngelis.

The Unsung Hero Award I gave to Leo Thomas.

For Rookie of the Year, I chose Dustin Molle. There was only one other eligible player -- Artem Podshendyalov.

Bobby Phillips got my vote for Most Improved Player.

The "True Komet" award for team spirit and positive attitude on and off the ice, I gave to Guy Dupuis.

And I chose Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock for the Mr. Hustle Award.

The MVP Award will be chosen by the players, and they all will be handed out following the game against Colorado on March 26 at Memorial Coliseum.

In other news, the CHL announced the All-Rookie Team today: Texas goalie Wayne Savage, Allen defenseman David Strathman, Bloomington defenseman Alan Mazur, and forwards Gary Steffes of Tulsa, Aaron Lewicki of Rio Grande Valley and Adam Chorneyko of Colorado.

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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