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About game-worn jerseys, yearend auction

The ECHL has renewed its partnership with the MeiGray Group, which sells game-worn jerseys of league players, and that had caused some Fort Wayne fans to worry that a longtime tradition was coming to an end because of an exclusivity agreement.

Not the case, Komets president Michael Franke said today: The Komets' annual end-of-season party and charity jersey auction will go on.

"The jerseys at this season's auction will be the ones worn from January through the end of the season," Franke said.

Fans wanting to preorder game-worn jerseys sooner, through MeiGray, should visit, email or call 888-463-4472.

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