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On Dr. Strangeglove's gloves

Good news: The referee for tonight's Game 7 of the Turner Conference finals between the Komets and Missouri Mavericks is Boone Bruggman.

I'd say he's in the top two in the league.

In other news, there was some controversy in Game 3, a 3-1 Fort Wayne victory at Independence, Mo., when Komets captain Colin Chaulk was given a warning for using illegal gloves.

He was forced to leave the ice and change because it was deemed he didn't have Easton gloves. Easton has an exclusive agreement with the Komets.

Fort Wayne's equipment manager, Joe Franke, said the gloves were in fact legal and the league has since told him so. The shells of the gloves, Franke said, were legal and had some components from other manufacturers added onto them to meet Chaulk's desires.

The problem was that the brand name of another manufacturer, which had been covered up, had become visible, Franke said.

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 jcohn@jg.net.

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