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Ice Chips

  • Bootland not coming to K's
    You may have heard that Darryl Bootland has defected from the CHL's Allen Americans to join a team in the ECHL. It's not the Komets, according to general manager David Franke.
  • Szydlowski would like bigger role with K's
    Shawn Szydlowski, who re-signed with the Komets today, said he hopes to have a top-line type of role this season.
  • AHL could be coming to town
    There is a possibility the American Hockey League's Lake Erie Monsters and Grand Rapids Griffins will play an exhibition game at Memorial Coliseum on Oct. 4.
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K's pregame primer

The Komets play tonight in Loveland, Colo. A couple of interesting stats: The Komets are second in the league on the road with a 14-7-2 record. Colorado is 15-7-1 at home, where it has the ECHL's top power play with an efficiency of 28.3 percent.

  • Check out this story on how the Komets have made moves on the way to championships. Maybe there are some ideas in there for this season.
  • Even without Leo Thomas, who has been suspended for the season in the Southern Professional Hockey League for punching a fan, Fort Wayne-native Gary Graham has Pensacola tied for first place with a 22-9-4 record. Just noticed that Mark Bradtmueller, the Komets' former equipment manager, has been the backup goalie four times. And they've used 37 players in Pensacola this season. Same as the Komets.
  • Former Komets forward Bobby Chaumont has 22 goals and 69 points in 41 games this season in Great Britain. Wow.
  • From the CHL, there was an odd situation with one coach resigning (click here) and another coming in (click here).

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 jcohn@jg.net.

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