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Tailing the Komets

Colonel Jack

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.

Posted in: Komets


Fri, 02/17/2006 - 6:18pm

Didn't the Komets win the TURNER Cup in 1993?
Did Jack really dress as the back-up goalie at 50+ years old???

Fri, 02/17/2006 - 6:35pm

No way! He cannot retire. Jack is a living legend. He will be missed.

Fri, 02/17/2006 - 7:58pm

Jack was, still is and will always be, the best thing about the Komets! I loved talking to him before the game and always had time for anyone to talk hockey or just talk about life. I hope to see him at games still and will always remember the "little gems" he was told me over the years.

It will not be the same for the guys in the locker room without him.

Fri, 02/17/2006 - 8:36pm

It won't be the same without Jack. He would always tease my wife before the games but always had a smile and a bad joke to share. We wish him well.

Sat, 02/18/2006 - 9:34am

I'm definitely going to miss Jack. I couldn't even believe it when I was told he retired! At every game, he would always make me laugh. Gotta love it when he would always say, "FEED THE CHICKENS!"

Good luck to Jack, everyone is going to miss you man!

Sat, 02/18/2006 - 10:49am

Good Luck Jack! You will be missed!

Sat, 02/18/2006 - 9:37pm

So sad to hear about Jack...he was one of the few individuals left who had a hand in making this team what it is today. A guy who was and still is a friend and confidant to the players, their wives and girlfriends, and anyone else who needed an ear to listen. We will surely miss him!

Kevin Lemon
Mon, 02/20/2006 - 1:39pm

Yea, Jack spent more time at the coliseum than anyone. No one worked any harder. He will be missed. I hope he comes back next year.

Mon, 02/20/2006 - 5:07pm

Jack will be missed, he worked really hard to have the team ready to play on game night..good luck in all that you do..

Mon, 02/20/2006 - 9:07pm

Jack, i never met ya but i knew you were there taking care of the players and i really appreciate you for that. Good luck!

Sarah 'Connor'
Tue, 02/21/2006 - 10:37am

We're going to miss you Jack. The locker room just won't be the same without you. See you around Luscious One.

Tue, 02/21/2006 - 10:51am

Thank you for your dedication, Jack! Don't be a stranger at the games. Enjoy your retirement and thanks again!

Tue, 02/21/2006 - 1:05pm

Thanks Jack for being so nice to my grandson. You took in the locker room in Rockford two years ago. Plus you been so good to him a bunch of other times allso

Tue, 02/21/2006 - 1:07pm

THAT'S IT. I'M PUTTING IT IN THE MAIL NOW. Thanks to everyone.