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Dupuis wanted 1 shift

The best part of all the pregame festivities -- and they were cool -- was famed goaltender Robbie Irons coming out in the old-school orange-and-black facemask.

He was one of a handful of Komets legends to go out on to the ice in skates, as the Memorial Coliseum crowd went wild.

The biggest cheers were still for storied enforcer Steve Fletcher.

I spoke with defenseman Guy Dupuis, who retired after last season and will have his No. 2 brought to the rafters next Saturday.

"It kind of felt the same. I skated out there. There was national anthem and everything. I almost felt like I was part of it," Dupuis said. "(Former captain) Colin Chin said to me, 'You know, National Anthem, I feel like I've got to go to my seat and grab a beer.' For myself, I feel like I want to play a shift here. But it would only be a shift, I'm sure."

The Komets trail the Evansville IceMen 1-0 on a goal from John Ronan 6:54 into the game.

I'm still trying to figure out what's going on with backup goaltender Kevin Beech. He isn't in the lineup. Coach Al Sims' son, Tyler, is the backup.

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