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Ice Chips

  • Komets strike back
    READING, Pa. -- The Komets and Reading Royals are tied at 1 after two periods at Santander Arena in the opening game of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
  • Komets down 1-0
    READING, Pa. -- It wasn't a bad first period for the Komets at Santander Arena. They skated hard. Hit more than usual.But it wasn't a great one either.
  • Whew, I'm here
    READING, Pa. -- Whew, it wasn't easy, but I'm at Santander Arena. Apparently, there are many buildings with the Santander name here and hotels, including mine, think that one is where the hockey team plays.

Bloomington troubles continue

As I've said before, the Bloomington Blaze remind me a lot of an indoor football team -- changing coaches, owners and nicknames, with dramas on and off the ice and, now, a well-respected general manager stepping down.

According to WJBC, Jim Riggs resigned, citing philosophical differences over how the team should be marketed. Just last week, Bloomington hired Paul Gardner as coach. He played 447 games in the NHL with Pittsburgh, Washington, Buffalo, Buffalo and Colorado.

  • Single-game tickets for the Komets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at Memorial Coliseum and through The regular-season opener is Oct. 22 against Evansville at the Coliseum.
  • In the meantime, if you are looking for a hockey fix, the Federals' have their home-opener -- this is junior hockey -- Friday at the Lutheran Health SportsCenter at 8:30 p.m. They also play Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m., all against Indianapolis.

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