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Hearts of champions

Full disclosure, here: I'm a Red Wings fan.

But I am struck with the similarities between teams like the Red Wings and the Komets, who just won't seem to go down easily, even if they are down 3-0 or 3-1 in a series.

As we've seen in Fort Wayne, isn't the key ingredient to staying afloat despite a deficit just great leadership?

We know Colin Chaulk, Nick Boucher and the rest have been big parts of the Komets' comebacks from deficits in recent seasons -- and the way they scrapped against Rapid City in the recent playoff loss -- and seeing the Red Wings force a Game 7 after trailing 3-0 to San Jose just reinforces the belief that Nicklas Lidstrom must be a heckuva captain.

Speaking of resiliency, have you seen what Rapid City has done? The Rush has come back from a 3-1 deficit against Colorado and forced Game 7.

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The winner of that series will take on Bossier-Shreveport in the Finals. Congratulations to equipment manager Billy Welker, a Fort Wayne native and son of former Komets owner David Welker.

  • They're searching for answers in Bloomington -- click here -- and not getting many. This would be a huge blow to the Komets, if the PrairieThunder doesn't stay in the CHL next season.
  • I know there has been chatter about whether the Komets should retire another number next season. I don't mean to be harsh, but, frankly, I don't know how I feel about this. They already have 12 numbers retired, including ones for coach Ken Ullyot, owner Colin Lister and broadcaster Bob Chase. At some point, you have to wonder how many is too many. If they retire one next season, it should be for Terry McDougall, in my opinion. Click here.
  • I'm off for a couple of weeks of vacation. I'll get Ben Smith to check in with some updates if there are any to give.

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