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Chuck Adamson won two Turner Cups with the Komets.

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Talking to famed goalies can be a hoot

On Saturday night, Chuck Adamson and Nick Boucher will have their numbers retired by the Komets.

Adamson wore No. 1 and Boucher wore No. 33.

I asked Adamson if he was the first Komets goaltender to wear a mask - something that has been reported elsewhere - and he said that's not true.

"The season before I got here, Reno Zanier got cut bad and he put a mask on," Adamson said. "The following year, I came here and I played 14 games without a mask before (coach) Ken Ullyot told me I'd better put mine on."

In those days - Adamson joined the Komets in 1962 - goalies wore masks in practice but not in games.

Adamson said it saved his career.

I asked Boucher about his admiration for goalies of Adamson's era, and he said it's amazing the fearlessness they had.

"I have seen Robbie Irons' equipment and the way his skates were ... and the lack of protection those guys had," Boucher said. "I'd like to say I was born to be a goaltender, but I don't know if I was in that era that I'd have the guts to strap it on. Those guys were men.

"And that he played that many games (176) consecutively. You don't have that nowadays. It's not lost on me. You know, that's where this perception that goalies are weird was born. You had to be nuts to be a goalie then."

Classic quote.

I'll have more on these guys in the coming days.

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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