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Icy D. Eagle mingles with the kids at Lutheran Health SportsCenter

K's like to party

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Brett Smith's championship ring
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The Komets' players sign autographs for their season-ticket holders

I stopped by the Komets' open house for season-ticket holders at Lutheran Health SportsCenter. It's always great to see how much the team interacts with the fans. I'm sure it happens, but I can honestly say that in 16 season covering the team, I've never witnessed a Fort Wayne player refuse to give an autograph or at least be cordial to the fans.

Anyway, enjoy a few modest photos I took from the event.

Elsewhere, this has officially usurped the Danbury Trashers as the biggest mess in recent minor league history: The Quad City Mallards were supposed to finally have a practice less than four days before their first game, and they have an ownership change. Wow. I can't imagine why Eric Giosa and Brandon Marino got out of Moline, Ill.

Speaking of Marino, he was runner-up for ECHL Player of the Week to Riley Armstrong of Utah. Marino had three goals and five points. Armstrong had three goals and four points. Both played twice.

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