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A day of shockers

Chabot is cut by Komets

Well, there is one every year, and we've got a very surprising cut for the Komets.

They cut loose center Jean-Philipp Chabot today. I'm baffled, not only because I had him pegged as a second-line forward this season, but he was arguably the best player in camp, in the opinion of many. He was scoring. He was fighting. My best guess is that they deemed he wasn't fast enough for the ECHL.

Also cut today were: Ricky Helmbrecht, Tim Buttery, Mike Hoban, Brayden Metz, Seth Ronsberg, Cory Park, Patrick Knowlton, Matt Atsoff and John Dunbar.

As for the other surprise of the day, the fine for goaltender Francois Lacerte, I have confirmed it was because he used his blocker in the fight. Fine, even if you concede that it happened (check the video for it, if you dare), what about attacking the back of a player's head to start the fight? Quizzical to say the least. And I still don't understand why the ECHL couldn't have just cited the rule in announcing the fine.

Lacerte gets the start again today, which is strange, since coach Al Sims said it would be Festa.

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