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Lots to tell you

Just heard that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. bridge will be adorned with orange, white and black lights this weekend to celebrate the Komets, who open the season Friday against the Kalamazoo Wings.

Speaking of Friday, make sure you buy the paper. We will have an extensive preview section you will not want to miss.

You can see a preview of it in this story about the Komets' defensive corps:

And I neglected to post this story before:

Also, the Toledo Walleye, in conjunction with the ECHL, have announced plans for the first-ever outdoor game in league history during the 2014-15 season. The opponent and exact date were not disclosed.

For 10 days at the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015, downtown Toledo will host an event to be known as ProMedica Toledo Hospital presents the Toledo Walleye Winterfest 2014. The outdoor game at Fifth Third Field is part of the festival.

"The Toledo Walleye are thrilled to host this unprecedented outdoor event," said Joe Napoli, president and general manager of the Walleye, in a statement.

"Our fans have been clamoring for an outdoor hockey game and the Toledo Walleye Winterfest is the perfect way to showcase old-school hockey while also featuring other winter sports and events," Napoli 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