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Warner retires

Brandon Warner, a Huntertown native who helped the Komets to three championships in four seasons, retired Tuesday.

A defenseman, Warner totaled 22 goals and 73 points in 191 regular-season games with Fort Wayne. In the playoffs, he had one goal and eight points in 20 games, but the injury-plagued Warner was left off the playoff roster last season, when the Komets reached the Turner Conference semifinals in their first CHL season.

He was given an opportunity to make this season's team and seemed to have done so before being placed on injured reserve with a hip injury prior to Saturday's season opener, a 5-0 loss to the Evansville IceMen.

Warner, 28, has accepted a position with Steel Dynamics.

His departure leaves the Komets with 20 players, including six defensemen. One of them, David Starenky, has been on IR with a shoulder injury. That forced Chris Auger to move from forward to defense, where he could be again this Saturday against the IceMen at Memorial Coliseum.

Prior to that game, the Komets will retire No. 2 in honor of longtime defenseman and former captain Guy Dupuis.

(Justin's note: As a preemptive strike, let's try to treat this with a little class in the comments section. Thank you.)

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