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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 9:10 pm

K's deal McKernan, more

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

The Komets traded defenseman Kevin McKernan to the South Carolina Stingrays to complete the deal of last September that brought them Mitch Nylen.

McKernan, a rookie out of Quinnipiac, joined the Komets on March 17 and played in nine regular-season games. He was scoreless in those games.

In the playoffs, McKernan, who also spent some time at forward, had one assist in eight games, helping the Komets reach overtime of Game 7 of the Western Conference finals before they lost to the eventual-champion Colorado Eagles.

Nylen was cut by the Komets before the regular season began and wound up with the Cincinnati Cyclones, accruing one goal and eight points in 42 games. The Komets ousted the Cyclones from the first round of the playoffs.

-- Congratulations are in order to Bill Ballou of The Telegram & Gazette in Worcester, Massachusetts, for winning the ECHL’s Outstanding Media award. It’s voted on by reporters, media-relations directors and broadcasters. Ballou was in his first season covering the ECHL.

-- Ed Burkholder, who is the director of pro scouting for the Toledo Walleye, has launched a new podcast on iTunes and Podomatic you may want to check out. The #CheckYourselfExpressYourself podcast is to encourage people to speak up about potentially uncomfortable topics like breast cancer, testicular cancer, depression and anxiety. He is a testicular cancer survivor and, having sat next to him at the Huntington Center, a pretty cool guy.