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Tailing the Komets

Practice report

Since I have to work late tonight on HS football, I was not at practice this morning, but I've had a few reports from people who were. EVERYONE was impressed by Brent Henley, and his presence helped pick up the intensity. Because only Nick Boucher and Colin Chaulk are the only ones left who remember Henley, everyone else was wondering just how well a 6-7, 255-pound man was going to be able to get around the ice. They were all quite surprised at the great conditioning Henley has. He even knocked Colin around a few times with some solid checks, and by th.

Here's one predition I'm am absolutely positive about. David Starenky is going to be a 25 percent better hockey player by the end of this season because of Henley. I remember what Henley was able to do to help Matt Syroczynski the first time he was here, and he'll do some of the same things with Starenky who is already a pretty darn good player. I told Brent the other night he had a new little brother, and I hear the two have hit it off already. Kaleigh Schrock will also be a more effective player with someone to watch his back.

As for why the Komets didn't have a super heavyweight before this? It's got to be the right type of player, someone who can skate a regular shift and be good in the locker room. The Mirasty experiment last year didn't work because he could no longer do it. They tried to get Jimmy Bonneau over the summer, and they talked to Henley early in the summer, but neither was available. When Henley became available earlier this week, David Franke called him immediately.

The Komets used to have big guys all the time who could play and fight. Guys like Robin Bawa, Steve Fletcher, Chris McRae, Andre Roy, Chad Cabana, Scott Shaunessy, Kevin MacDonald, Kevin Bertram before he got hurt, Kevin Kotyluk, Jim Logan, Michel Massie, Henley himself and Brad MacMillan.

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Mr Snufflupugus
Fri, 10/28/2011 - 2:34pm

Was always a big Massie and Logan fan. Wish Henley was a forward because I think they can use the size up front more than on the back end but we'll see....

The Cabana boys chirping at each other in the finals a few years back. Classic stuff.

Fri, 10/28/2011 - 3:04pm

Wow!!!!! 6'7" 255 lbs. This guy is a monster.

Fri, 10/28/2011 - 3:05pm

I didn't realize how big he really is.

Blake Sebring
Fri, 10/28/2011 - 3:06pm

Couple of cool things about Brent are that he has always taken exceptional care of himself, and he's got virtually no ego off the ice. Just a class act.

Fri, 10/28/2011 - 3:08pm

With Lovell and Henley freshly signed, Starenky able to come off IR @11/4, thats becoming a log jam at Defense (8 on the roster)... Who plays where? Who sits or gets waived/traded???

If they get rid of a defenseman, hopefully they make a trade for future considerations at least...

Fri, 10/28/2011 - 3:11pm

A nice addtion the K's squad this year.They may be moving up as a contender for the Cup this year.

Fri, 10/28/2011 - 3:42pm

I was at practice today and I gotta say Henley is awesome. The team also looks better then last week.

Fri, 10/28/2011 - 4:20pm

I never got to see Henley play and I can't wait until Saturday night. I really think the Komets will show everyone a better team Saturday night. Just a gut feeling. I really hated to see Lapointe go. He had good intangibles and did a lot of little things even though he wasn't a big scorer. Still think it should have been Leo instead, however. IMAO Frowdawg, any chance your being here next Friday when the Rush are in town for their only meeting here in FW?

Fri, 10/28/2011 - 4:38pm

I have seriously thought about making the trip.I would love to see that early season game. I think it will be an early look at the conference championship.

Fri, 10/28/2011 - 5:05pm

You going to wear your Komets jersey, Fro? It seems like you cant get enough.

Fri, 10/28/2011 - 5:26pm

Wow, Arizona and Missouri both playing their 4th game tonight....

Fri, 10/28/2011 - 5:37pm

Just like last year, our early season schedule sucks. Komets 4th game isn't until next Saturday. And Frowdawg, if you don't have any Komets gear, we can hook you up.

Fri, 10/28/2011 - 6:37pm

I understand Blake'S argument of how the Ks used to have big tough guys all the time, I just wonder why they moved away from them for several years all the sudden. I also have a hard time throwing MacMillan into the "big guys who could play and fight" category. Fight? Yes. Play? Eh, in spurts. Big? Nope.

Blake Sebring
Fri, 10/28/2011 - 6:50pm

Mac was great in the playoffs that one year when he had the broken hand, RK. He played a regular shift then.

The game has simply changed, no matter how much we may wish it has not. It simply has.

Blake Sebring
Fri, 10/28/2011 - 6:54pm

I think we all agree tomorrow night should be a sellout, right? With Guy's retirement and Henley coming back it should be huge.

They'll be lucky to get 8,000. THAT is why they don't play as many games early in the season as much as anything. That, and the Frankes are huge Bishop Luers fans who want to go to the Friday night football games. LOL. I'll get harassed all night next Friday for score updates on the games.

You watch, within two weeks, someone will post on here about how bad the attendance has been so far when it's actually completely normal for this time of the season.

Fri, 10/28/2011 - 6:56pm

Be careful Frodawg. Once you go orange and black, you never go back.

Fri, 10/28/2011 - 7:17pm

I agree, that year in the playoffs he was solid. Im just not sure that stint classifies him as someone who can really play a regular shift on a normal basis. The coaching staff here didnt think so the following season, but you may be right.

Dwenger... The Yankees of Fort Wayne high school football. The best team money can buy.

Mr Snufflupugus
Fri, 10/28/2011 - 7:58pm

Blake it should be a sellout. With the hero worship that goes on (and Guy was certainly worthy of it) there is no excuse for a jersey going to the rafters not being a sellout.

Mac got into some of the same problems Henley had. As soon as he stepped on the ice the officials were looking to get him off. Often time 45 seconds or less of either results in a 2 minute shorthanded situation whether it is truly their fault or not.
Those officials opening night looked to be about 20 years old. Do you think any of them would have wanted to have to get between Henley and Sgroi?

Mr Snufflupugus
Fri, 10/28/2011 - 8:18pm

Where have you gone Lance Galbraith...
Certainly not a huge heavyweight but like LKS wouldn't back down from anyone and could get under the opponents skin as much as anyone I've seen in a K's uniform.

Hit Somebody!!!
Fri, 10/28/2011 - 10:11pm

He sucked.

Fri, 10/28/2011 - 10:16pm

Interesting comments about Dwenger there RK. Care to elaborate???

Hit Somebody!!!
Fri, 10/28/2011 - 10:29pm

Oh no...not a war about which private high school out spends the other for Football players...lol.

I thought Luers was giving top dollars these days....LOL


Fri, 10/28/2011 - 10:34pm

The ability to recruit and "buy" players with free tuition allows parochial schools to gain a great advantage over those schools that just have to compete with the hand, or kids, they are dealt living in their districts. With FWCS allowing kids to choose which school they want to attend, they arent at as much of a disadvantage. However, those in the outlying areas are at the mercy of talent just happening to live in their districts.

Hit Somebody!!!
Fri, 10/28/2011 - 10:48pm

It is definitely whack....yo!!!

Fri, 10/28/2011 - 11:14pm

My special friend is still calling game 3-2 komets after being tied in regulation, at this time the only thing that would make the line move is game time data, unknown injuries etc.

Sat, 10/29/2011 - 1:09am

Now we are big at D, I would like to see the Komets get a couple of physical forwards. Anyone in the works about coming to the K's :)

colts & bears stink :)

Sat, 10/29/2011 - 4:30am

They tried to get Jimmy Bonneau over the summer, and they talked to Henley early in the summer, but neither was available. When Henley became available earlier this week, David Franke called him immediately.

:) :) :) :)

Sat, 10/29/2011 - 4:34am


Here buy this jersey

Sat, 10/29/2011 - 6:56am

The colts have a perfect record mighty! Houston will blow the division! I agree about the bears, the lions beat them after all! Mighty is not a real fan...... Missing hockey game to party and dress like a .............

Komets 3-2, taking all bets until noon

Mr Snufflupugus
Sat, 10/29/2011 - 7:08am

Should be a great night. Hopefully some of those +/- get turned around to more reflect the talent and experience this team is supposed to have.