Turner Cup Most Valuable Player Justin Hodgman is on his way to Fort Wayne and will be in the lineup Wednesday night against Muskegon. Komets General Manager David Franke said nothing has been signed yet, but Hodgman said, ``I'm on my way, and I can't wait to sign the papers."
Hodgman said he had been talking contract with Rockford of the AHL, but that fell through, so he decided to return to Fort Wayne. He must play the last six regular-season games to be eligible for the playoffs.
Why is he coming back?
"To win," Hodgman said. "I love the city and the guys. I learned a lot from Al when I wa there last time. I want to better my career and I talked about it with people around me and figure this is the best place to do that. I knew I was going to go somewhere, and Fort Wayne was the best place for me."
Hodgman will be at practice Wednesday morning.
After scoring four goals and eight points in 11 regular-season games with the Komets last season, Hodgman scored seven goals and 14 points in 13 playoff games, including the game-winner in triple overtime of Game 7 against Port Huron.
This season he led the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League in scoring with 24 goals and 66 points in 66 games.