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Ice Chips

  • Komets affiliate with Avs, Lake Erie
    The Komets have aligned with the NHL's Colorado Avalanche and their American Hockey League team, the Lake Erie Monsters.
  • This is sad news
    Former Komets star Joe Kastelic, who once owned the record for most goals scored in the IHL, died Wednesday at 81. He skated for the Komets from 1953 to 1957 and then again in 1960-61.
  • Major signings for Komets
    The Komets bolstered their roster with a potential No. 1 goaltender, a former first-round NHL draft pick, a familiar face and player who should be popular with the fans.

Affiliation and other issues

Click here to read a story on what the Komets are saying about an NHL affiliation.

Personally, I think they can be successful without one. Being independent is not why they lost to Cincinnati. Remember, they beat the Cyclones twice and two of the losses came in overtime.

And while it would be exciting to cover more NHL prospects, I just don't know that the fans here would really like seeing their roster pillaged by higher-level teams. As much as they like winning, Fort Wayne fans also enjoy having players they can identify with and get to know. They wouldn't have that with an affiliation and players always coming and going. But I could be wrong.

The biggest challenge of being an independent team is convincing players in the offseason that if they play in Fort Wayne, they will still get a chance to get noticed and get called up. But I'm a big believer in chemistry and it's easier to build that as an independent team. Just my opinion.

Click here to read a story on the Komets' end-of-season party, in which some important questions were answered.

I'd like to thank you all for reading this season. I'm going to take a few days off -- it's been a long run of like 47 straight days of stories on the Komets and Mad Ants -- but that doesn't mean you should stop checking here often for news.

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