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Ice Chips

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    The Komets have signed defenseman James Martin, who spent last season with the Alaska Aces and won the ECHL championship.
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    The Komets have signed forward Matthew Pistilli and reached an agreement with Konstantin Shafranov to be an assistant coach for a second straight season.
  • Former Komet Uhrich dies at 60
    Rick Uhrich, a right wing who played for the Komets in 1974-75, died at 60, according to the Leader-Post, a newspaper in Saskatchewan.

Big news out of Kalamazoo

Wow, big news out of Kalamazoo. And, I hate to say it, but this only improves the chances of the Komets joining the ECHL.

Paul Pickard is no longer president of the Wings.

Of course, Pickard and the Wings had a bitter parting in 2009, when they bolted the IHL for the ECHL.

But, I must admit, I always had it in the back of my mind that, even though the cities are only 118 miles or so apart, the Komets were loathe to join Pickard, who had been the IHL's commissioner and was one of those that spearheaded creation of that league.

In other news, Sean O'Connor has left the Evansville Icemen. Don't know why and don't know for how long.

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