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Raffle coming up

In case you haven't heard, I am doing Movember, along with some of the Komets.

Click here to read more about my effort to raise money for prostate and testicular cancer awareness.

To help encourage you to give to this cause -- click here to see my Movember page and make a contribution -- I'm having a raffle of mostly Komets-related items. (Make SURE you note you are donating to me and not the team so I can keep track.)

The following are some of the items that I will raffle on Nov. 15, and I will add more along the way, so keep checking back. For every $10 you contribute to me, you will get one entry in the raffle. So, the more money you spend, the better your chance of winning something. But remember, it's about the great cause more than anything. It's funny to me how hard it is to raise money for this important cause.

  • Signed Tyler Butler stick.
  • Game-used Kevin St. Pierre stick (unsigned).
  • Orange-and-black bracelet.
  • Signed action photo of NHLer Vaclav Prospal.
  • Signed Brandon Marino puck.
  • Signed Colin Chaulk puck.
  • Signed action photo of NHLer Jeff Halpern.
  • Signed Marco Cousineau puck
  • Signed Colten Hayes puck.
  • Signed Josh Brittain puck.
  • Signed Brett Smith poster.
  • Poster reproduction of 2009 championship paper.
  • 1 of 3 signed copies of Blake Sebring's "Homecoming Game"
  • 1 of 3 signed copies of Sebring's "The Lake Effect"
I'd really like to keep up with the Komets' players in this effort, so help out, won't you? And remember to keep checking back for more prizes.

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