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    Former Komets player Kevin Kaminski has been hired to coach the Portland Junior Pirates.
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Listen up people

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- Wow, the Independence Events Center is one awesome arena. There isn't a bad seat in the house. Everything is close. It's a bit like U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Ill., but nicer. If they were to build L.C. Walker Arena in Muskegon, Mich., again today, it would end up looking like this I'd bet.

And I'm a sucker for having a band outside playing when you walk into the building.

Thanks to Greg Rajan for having me on his podcast -- click here -- and you can listen to us talk at length about the Komets' series with the Missouri Mavericks.

The Mavericks lead 2-0 in the best-of-seven Turner Conference finals, heading into tonight's game.

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