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On Venedam, Evansville

I got in touch with former Komets star forward Sean Venedam in hopes of getting an interview, so I could update you all on how he is doing/feeling, and he asked that I get back in touch with him later in the year, after he has adjusted.

And that's perfectly understandable.

As you'll recall, he recently had his right leg amputated below the knee, after complications following the injury that ended his hockey career.

Let's continue to send him good thoughts.

He really is one of my favorite players to come through Fort Wayne.

  • The Evansville IceMen and the new arena there remain at an impasse on a lease agreement. Click here to read about it. Granted, I'm just looking at this from the outside, but I found myself initially siding with the team because, frankly, they would seem to be the big tenant there. A lot more than the University of Evansville. But that story from the Courier & Press has me thinking otherwise, now. The IceMen aren't really in a position to ask for part of food and beverage, at least not until they prove they can fill that building. The whole thing, though, is very tough to say, since we don't know what the sliding scale of attendance would be there. It seems to me the fair thing to do would be what the Komets do: Come up with an attendance number that would allow the arena to waive the rent. If the Komets get more than 5,000 fans in the building, they don't have to pay rent, which makes up for them not getting a share of concessions or parking. The longer this thing goes on, the longer it will be until the rest of the CHL teams have a schedule.

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