Komets assistant equipment manager Jack Prindle has decided to retire from the team. Pindle, 57, said he's tired and it's time to do something different. Among his highlights with the Komets were working the 2004 United Hockey League All-Star Game, winning the Colonial Cup in 2003 and serving as the team's backup goaltender in Knoxville in 2001. He's been with the team since 1993.
``You can't replace him,'' Komets General Manager David Franke said. ``He worked very hard, and took care of the players very well, but he wanted to do something different. He's a little burnt out I think, so we'll respect his wishes. Hopefully he'll still come to the games.''
Everyone loves Jack, who the players call "Colonel.'' He's a Viet Nam veteran who has had a tough life but has turned it around to find peace. He's a great man and a great friend to everyone in the Komets' organization. Before the game, a couple of players said they miss him already.
If anyone wishes to send Jack a note, I'll make sure he gets it.