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Icing the puck

What do you think about no-touch icing? Personally, I can't stand it.

Yes, I know it makes the game safer. But we have lost one of the most exciting plays in hockey -- the race for the iced puck. We have given players a greater ability to slack off, since they don't have to worry about getting beaten out on those races. And we have made it easier for poor skaters, or slow skaters, to stick around.

It really makes games less exciting to me.

Which brings me back to safety. To remedy that, how about getting rid of the trapezoid? Remember this story on that?

  • For those going to Games 1 and/or 2: The Chateau, host hotel of the Bloomington PrairieThunder, has developed a package for Komet fans going this weekend. The package includes overnight accommodations at The Chateau on Saturday night plus two tickets for each of the games Saturday and Sunday, for $125.00. Additional tickets at $14.00 each (regular price is $15.00) are available. Also, an additional night's stay can be added at $69.00 per night. For more information, fans can contact Angie Hall, reservations manager, at 309-662-2020, extension 671, or email her at For hotel information, visit

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