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Tailing the Komets

David Franke's response

The Komets general manager's response to Ryan Menei playing tonight for the Rush:

``First of all, we think it's a travesty. We were told that Menei was seriously injured, according the coach, and would be out for a very long time, and obviously they sold that to the league. If a player has concussion-type symptoms, which they said he did, there's a minimum of seven days which is protocol with our team and the league before he can go back to practicing and working out and seeing if he feels OK. The coach on Rapid City lied to the league, he's a whiner, he's a complainer and I think he's an intimidator, and I think he whined and intimidated the CHL Hockey Operations to the point where they made their decision based on that.

``On the flip side, I have a player in Sean O'Connor who was hit from behind in Rapid City on Saturday night, and even if he had not gotten suspended for his hit on Menei, he still wouldn't be able to play because he's experiencing concussion-like symptoms and all the league gave Reaney was a $150 fine. I think this is totally unjust, totally unfair. I think that the league has to look very closely at the people in their hockey operations department that are making these calls, and maybe make some changes because it seems like the more you whine and the more you intimidate, the more reaction  you get out of the league office.

``This isn't fair, their player was supposedly hurt and according to the coach was out for a long time, and the league when they made their final decision, based it, and this was in writing, on the medical reports that they received from the Rapid City Rush, which obviously at this point in the game, the only thing I can think of is that these reports were falsified, which is another case of lying. It's bull, it's not right, it's not fair. We not only have to beat the Rapid City Rush, but we have to beat the league, too. That's not right. We're a member of this league, and we trust these people in the league office to do the right things, and they look like a bunch of schmucks now. Joe Ferras, like I said, is a bully, a loudmouth, and he's a liar. I have a long, long memory. I've been doing this for 21 years, and if we ever have to settle the score here, we will. We will because we're in this for the long haul. But the league bought into it, they were bamboozled, and the player is back in the lineup after missing one game, and not even sitting the mandatory seven days. There was a article today out of Rapid City, and he's quoted as saying he feels awesome. You don't have concussion-type symptoms and six days later you feel awesome. Something is wrong there, somebody got bamboozled, and this isn't the last the league is going to hear about this from the Fort Wayne Komets. If coach Ferras wants to call the Franke brothers a bunch of killers, he's a liar. He's nothing but a no-good liar.''

Posted in: Komets


L! Good for him! A
Fri, 04/22/2011 - 7:44pm

Wow! I think David Franke just threw down the gauntlet and slapped Ferras and his whiny bunch of players down to schmuck level. He also trashed the CHL! Good for him! He just earned some respect from a Komet fan!

Fri, 04/22/2011 - 7:50pm

That was AWESOME!

Charlie I
Fri, 04/22/2011 - 7:52pm

Wow tell us how you really feel David!!! LOL!!!

Fri, 04/22/2011 - 7:57pm

Just hope that his rant doesn't come back to bite us by the league placing a vendetta on the Komets (moreso than they already have).

Fri, 04/22/2011 - 7:59pm

WOW the Rapid City announcer just said off the air on the CHL TV that O'Connor was mentally retarded. This was just before he played his interview with Grimson.

Charlie I
Fri, 04/22/2011 - 8:01pm

So watching CHL tv and listening to the Rush guy which has been great but just now left his mic on or something and was talking about David Franke's remarks and told the person he was talking to that Franke had a good point about the seven days with the concussions. After that he was talking about how it was funny that now the komets were telling about o'conner's symptons and said something about him being mentally retarded.....not sure if he was talking about David or O'conner

Fri, 04/22/2011 - 8:01pm

I must add that I completely agree with David Franke and his statement...though I would have used a lot more colorful language...probably to the point where it couldn't be published in the newspaper.

Just a thought here...and perhaps it is really premature...but could this whole situation precipitate the K's ditching the CHL for another league?

Fri, 04/22/2011 - 8:02pm

I heard him say the O'Connor kid was.

Fri, 04/22/2011 - 8:05pm

Couldn't believe what I was hearing!

Fri, 04/22/2011 - 8:05pm

WOW...what a classy and stand-up organization they are from top to bottom!

Fri, 04/22/2011 - 8:06pm

Kudos to Franke for saying what he said. It is wrong for the league to allow this to happen.

Mr. Snufflupugus
Fri, 04/22/2011 - 8:14pm

If anyone ever wanted to question how much David Franke cared about this team.......I hope never again.

Mike in Toronto
Fri, 04/22/2011 - 8:17pm

Why don't I see Frodoe on this string? They are getting spanked 4-0 at this post. Complete and utter BS. Good on Mr. Franke. Wonder if the rest of the RC team is a little embarassed, there is a code. Although maybe they don't follow it that closely in South Dakota.
Finish them off boys and get some rest on the bus. You are in their heads, stay there.

Blake Sebring
Fri, 04/22/2011 - 8:34pm

To be fair, he's probably still at the game.

Fri, 04/22/2011 - 8:40pm

Wow...now who is the classless team! How many games will the idiot get for that hit!.

Fri, 04/22/2011 - 8:46pm

Rc will get away with everything they did

Fri, 04/22/2011 - 8:54pm

0 game suspension and a fine of $150

Mike in Toronto
Fri, 04/22/2011 - 8:55pm

Blake, I don't even think he is in Fort Wayne. Tell me if you know different.

Fri, 04/22/2011 - 8:57pm

Is it just me... or does RC really belong in the LNAH? Maybe that would be an insult to that league. To all those RC fans that said FW was classless.... your team just eclipsed that 10 fold. I guess when baby doesn't get his way...he throws a huge temper tantrum... I have nothing but pitty for sore losers.

Fri, 04/22/2011 - 8:58pm

Frankes comments will wrok in our advantage or disadvantage we will see let them play Sunday and may the best team win!

Mike in Toronto
Fri, 04/22/2011 - 9:01pm

Blake, I don't even think he is in Fort Wayne. Tell me if you know different. And besides that I don't see any "fair" in this series. I heard Bob talk about KLS getting jumped in the last 10 seconds. They aren't used to getting beat. Man if I could have one wish, it would be a Black Hawks over Vancouver in RC, like last night.
RC has redefined the term "Bush".

Fri, 04/22/2011 - 9:37pm

Good for you Dave...everything you said is true. What a classless bunch of losers! They aren't used to being behind the 8-ball so they get even cheaper and attempt to injure our guys! And this whole Menei-O'Connor thing is so much crap from the Crapid City Whiners!

Fri, 04/22/2011 - 9:41pm

Right On, Lets take the CHL cup from them, we know we have to beat the other teams, refs and now its verified we have to be the pathetic league officials to.

Fri, 04/22/2011 - 9:45pm

Wow! I love Franke's response and am in complete agreement.. both with Franke's opinion AND with the thoughts here that RC's 'little angels' clearly can't handle losing. But we're the thugs, huh?

If Harvey isn't suspended for his temper tantrum and the shot he took at Ratchuk (after a goal no less!) then we should tell the CHL to (get lost) and got to the ECHL ASAP.

Fri, 04/22/2011 - 9:47pm

It is SAD that a supposed #1 seed has to dive, cheat, whine and cheap shot their way through a 5 game series against a 6 seed!!! I for one counted the Komets out, but they, along with Mr. Franke's comments, have won back a tremendous amount of respect! I am looking forward to a great game on Sunday! Let's go Komets!!!!!!

Shoutout to Kometsfan!

Fri, 04/22/2011 - 9:48pm

i dont often say this but David Franke...YOU ARE THE ... MAN!

Rapid City fans called the Komets goons and classless? Have they EVER watched a game of their precious Rush?


Fri, 04/22/2011 - 10:03pm

Harvey will not be suspended. Don't doubt me.

Fri, 04/22/2011 - 10:04pm

Topshelf Says:
April 22nd, 2011 at 10:46 pm
Put that in your pipe and smoke it Rapid City! Who gooned it up tonight?? Scoreboard scoreboard scoreboard!!!!!!!!

Fri, 04/22/2011 - 10:22pm

Very proud of David Franke and very ashamed to be a part of the CHL. I have lost all respect for this league.

Hit Somebody!!!
Fri, 04/22/2011 - 10:34pm

David Franke is right on target.

The CHL is Bush League.

Let's pack up and move to the ECHL.

The CHL teams are dropping like flies anyway...they need us, more than we need to put up with this mockery of a shame.

The CHL could lose 8-10 teams this summer.

Does Duane Lewis really need this situation? Does he really feel comfortable with his BS response to this BS and totally mis-handled situation?

The CHL is doomed.

Thanks for having us Duane......he makes Dickie Brosal look like JFK.