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  • 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.
  • Komets affiliate with Avs, Lake Erie
    The Komets have aligned with the NHL's Colorado Avalanche and their American Hockey League team, the Lake Erie Monsters.
  • This is sad news
    Former Komets star Joe Kastelic, who once owned the record for most goals scored in the IHL, died Wednesday at 81. He skated for the Komets from 1953 to 1957 and then again in 1960-61.
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Mudbugs win the Cup

And there are a couple of Fort Wayne ties

Bossier-Shreveport got goals from Steven Crampton and Jeff Kyrzakos in the first 7:39 of play Friday and won Game 7 of the Central Hockey League's Ray Miron Presidents' Cup Finals 2-1 over the Colorado Eagles.

The Mudbugs got 26 saves from John DeCaro, in front of 5,289 fans at Loveland, Colo.

The Mudbugs' equipment manager is Billy Welker, a Fort Wayne native and son of former Komets owner David Welker. Defenseman Jamie Milam is a former Komets player.

The Eagles thought they had a power-play goal scored with 4:53 remaining, but it referee Jon McIsaac waved it off, ruling that Kevin Ulanski directed it in with a high stick.

Adam Chorneyko scored for the Eagles with 1:04 remaining, with a shot from 50 feet out.

Meanwhile, what a Game 7 in the NHL, as Boston defeats Tampa Bay 1-0 in the Eastern Conference Finals. There were no penalties called in the entire game. Way to let the boys play.

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 jcohn@jg.net.

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