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Ice Chips

  • Looks almost official
    Center Thomas Frazee posted on his twitter account he will play for the Komets this season.
  • Next great local hockey star?
    Karch Bachman is on track to a professional career in hockey. Possibly one in the NHL. It'll be fun to follow his development.
  • A possible new Komet
    No official word yet, but I'm hearing that the Komets may be completing a deal with Thomas Frazee, who had 24 goals and 47 points in 60 games last season with Quad City of the CHL.

Greetings from South Dakota

RAPID CITY, S.D. -- I'm here, and I'm cold. That's right, folks, while I hear it's 70 back in Fort Wayne, it's snowing here.

Eh, it's hockey, no problem.

It's always fun to knock another minor-league city off the list. I'm going to have to compile how many I've been at, but I'm really looking forward to what I've heard is a festive atmosphere at Rush games.

I do feel a little badly for Komets general manager David Franke. Because I grabbed the last seat on the flight from Chicago to Rapid City, he had to drive from Fort Wayne to Detroit and fly here through Minneapolis.

But, hey, he waited a little too long.

Our slew of coverage this week continued with this story: Click here.

I'm told I'm the only reporter -- again -- who made the trip, so I'll check in often.

Now, it's time to find Mount Rushmore.

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