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Roy Chin Golf outing coming up

After a 49-year career, Roy Chin retired from officiating hockey games.  His pupils are scattered throughout the Midwest and yes, even in the NHL.  Roy taught more than how to officiate, he coached the character of the official.  Patience, alertness, lack of arrogance, and open communication are at the core of success as an official.  Roy was inducted into the Indiana High School Hall of Fame in 2002 and, in 2003, he received the Chet Stewart Award for lifetime achievement from USA Hockey.  And all that knew Roy found he was a great friend who carried what was great in all sports.  That pure spirit and fairness for all to compete and enjoy the game. Roy passed away in 2009.

This year's golf outing will be held July 9 at Lakeside Golf Course with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Registration starts at Noon with a best-ball scramble format. The fee for golf and dinner is $65 per person and includes 18 holes, cart included, beverages and snacks, sponsor contests and awards and raffle prizes. For more information on how to register, call Bill Erickson at 260-241 

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Mon, 05/16/2011 - 6:36pm

Well Chaulk and Drouin are back next year but sounds like Lardner and Patrosso may retire. I hope Lardner comes back for one more year.

Hit Somebody!!!
Mon, 05/16/2011 - 8:46pm

Was there a Press Release we missed on that info?

Mr Snufflupugus
Mon, 05/16/2011 - 10:15pm

I hope that isnt true but it doesn't surprise me in either case. Soon the Komets will be able to play an intersquad game and call it an old timers game sponsored by AARP.

Hit Somebody!!!
Mon, 05/16/2011 - 10:40pm

There was a Ben Smith article quoting Dave Franke that PC has decided to return next season and play out his final year of his 2 year contract. I saw nothing on Chaulk....did say Guy has a deadline of June 1st to decide if he is coming back or not.

I want Chaulk back.

Simply because he is a great leader, a great player, can still git-r-done, and where you gonna find a guy out there like him or better than him both on and off the ice???

I know Snuff will scream and whine that he wants Chaulk to not come back.....

My question....why?

Find us a better Veteran player at this level that plays the game Chaulker has proven time and time again he can play.

This isn't a me vs. Snuff post.....

It is more of a philosophy of roster debate. You have to have good leadership players, guys who can play at a high level, lead, and offer alot to your organization.

Can't Chaulk do that?

Yes he can.

If you wanna overhaul the rest of the roster.....

Have at it.

But I think Chaulk is a great veteran piece to start the puzzle.

Mr Snufflupugus
Tue, 05/17/2011 - 12:18am

I can live with Chaulk assuming he is motivated to play and learns something from his untimely trips to the sin bin at horrible times down the stretch last season.
I can also live with it if he is the senior member of this roster.
The PC signing I don't get. I trust management has learned from the mistakes of last season so they must see something in him that I don't.

Mr Snufflupugus
Tue, 05/17/2011 - 12:19am

One other thing...
Find you a better vet? Not saying I can or can't but there are going to be plenty of options floating around by the end of this summer with teams folding. I'll give you Chaulk is one of the top 30 or so veterans at this level. Whether a better one comes available time would tell.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 4:23am

Chaulk will be back since he's signed for next season (a stipulation for coming back this season if I remember correctly...). Drouin better bring the fire that he had in his early years (the fire that got him a cup of coffee in the NHL) or he could be cut in training camp... This team cannot afford to have players on next years roster that cant get things going until January...

I would like to see the team, as a whole, look to get younger this offseason; but in saying that, I would like to see them pursue Todd Robinson purely for the offense that he ALWAYS brings at the AA level... The K's had a tough time scoring this season and this guy always brings 100 points to the table and instantly makes your PP very dangerous...

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 5:36am

Couldn't agree more on Robinson.

Mr Snufflupugus
Tue, 05/17/2011 - 8:23am

As contracts in this league are rarely guaranteed I doubt they would have a ton of trouble getting out of it with Drouin.

Give me Robinson over Drouin 5000 times out of 100. If I am not wrong he hasn't raised a cup over his head since 2004-05 so he might have motivation to do it one last time in front of 10.000+
Robinson in addition to Drouin/Chaulk? Ehhhhh here we go again.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 10:04am

I don't where where KometKrazy heard that Lardner may retire. I hope it isn't true. He was one of the bright spots for the team last year and there were not very many of those.

It's kind of interesting to me that I haven't heard much chatter regarding Thomas. He was the leading scorer for the team until he injured his ankle and then kind of disappeared the rest of the way. My biggest complaint about Thomas is the way he just coasts to the bench during a line change. He places his team in jeopardy by not hustling to the bench in order for his replacement to get on the ice. He wants to be a "leader", yet he doesn't do the simple stuff.

My take on this is that there is going to be a massive overhaul with as many as fifteen new players. Those who played last year better be ready for the competition in camp.

Managements job is to bring in young, impact players who can make a difference. My biggest fear is their ability to recruit as I don't remember too many of those type of players recruited by the Franke's and Al Sims together.

Do you recall many or even any of young impact players brought to training camp in the Franke-Al Sims era?

If so, name them as I would be interested to read your thoughts.

Mr Snufflupugus
Tue, 05/17/2011 - 10:19am

Alan they haven't because they have been counting on the "old reliable" crew to keep producing.
That is what I have been hammering at since before last season started. Eventually you go to that well one too many times and you go from being the Bad Boy Pistons to the Fennis Dembo gullywashers.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 11:47am

Does anyone know if the K's can negotiate with players from a team like Odessa who have already publically stated they will not be in the league next season?

Just curious....

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 12:07pm

Wouldn't there be a dispersal draft of those players?

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 12:09pm

I think in unionized leagues, they become free agents; but not sure...

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 12:16pm

Alan it was on Indiana Newscenter this morning when they were talking about P.C. and Guy's status...also either Reiter or
Boucher will return but not both says Franke.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 1:05pm

Reiter has some billboards around town.. Some Lasik center.. Where are Nicky's billboards?

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 2:24pm

Bouch's hip surgery will be done in Canada, so I am guessing that is where you will find his billboard. Said with sarcasm...

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 2:55pm

Todd Robinson will be a Komet next season.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 3:53pm

They mentioned Lardner and Patrosso MAY retire on the local news last night. Also heard it again tonight on way home from work on SportsWise with Kent H. I hope its not true either about Lardner. He was a stud for us last year. And as far as Robinson yeah it would be great to get him. But think of everyone we brought in last year who had been 25-30 goal scorers and struggled. The whole team did when it came to scoring. It all goes back to finding a player or 2 who will park their fanny in front of the net and disrupt the defense. But this is the same conversation that went on and on last season and if they don't find those players, the offense could struggle again. IMO

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 4:34pm

We need apod and ratchuck back

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 4:40pm

Uuummmm Robinson DID score 20 goals this season along with 99 points....

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 4:57pm

we pay the same price for beer as the NY Yankees.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 5:36pm

I few years ago there was an article (maybe you wrote it Blake) that Chaulk mentioned either Todd Robinson or Jeff Nelson as one player he would like to play with. I'm sure Robinson is on every teams wish list so it will be interesting to see who they bring into camp this year.

I don't think anyone will know the scope of AA/AAA hockey this year until all the playoffs are completed. Once the dust settles there, then the K's can start sifting thru the players to see who is available and who will come to the Fort.

Chaulker will have some influence on this years team and who they bring to camp and recruit in from other teams. He's respected around the league and people want to play with him

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 6:41pm

Any truth to the rumor going around that there were some Red Wing executives in town talking about a possible affiliation?

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 7:00pm

Alan -
To answer your question, I would say a young, impact player brought in would be Schrock. I'm struggling to figure out any others.

Wed, 05/18/2011 - 4:35am

Harley, something was said about it on Kent Horman's show last night, I guess... I'm not sure how much faith to put into it; but you never know...

I will say that the rumors swirling around Toledo when thier new arena was opened and the Walleye started playing again in the ECHL was that there was a plan to move Detroits AAA affiliate to Toledo (where they currently share an AA affiliate w/Chicago). If this 'should' happen, they would need to find a new place for thier AA affiliate... I will say that I dont see this happening as Grand Rapids (Detroits current AAA affiliate) draws really well at about 7200 per game. They could just be looking for another partial affiliation to send a couple more players... I wouldnt be surprised to see the K's looking to make an AA partnership to help develop goalies... A prospect goalie is something this city hasnt seen in awhile......

Wed, 05/18/2011 - 5:35am

Yay. A "partial" affiliation. Thats what we had that was soooo impressive last season. I'll pass.

Wed, 05/18/2011 - 9:52am

Random thoughts.

Thanks, Andrea, for trying to come up with a young impact player who was recruited by the Franke's and Al Sims. Shrock was brought in to camp but, because he is a hometown boy, I'm thinking they had quite an advantage. The lack of responses from everyone tends to affirm my fear of their recruiting expertise.

Snuff, I tend to agree with you on this. They have chosen to go down that road as you suggest. I'm hoping they haven't lost touch with their contacts. One of the things I liked about Pat Bingham was his tireless efforts to recruit.

I'm a little worrried about Blake. I take both newspapers and their was no mention of the Drouin signing in the News-Sentinel. The Journal had a story Tuesday but not the News. As I write this there has been no thread posted on this blog either. Maybe the announcement was premature. I hope everything is OK.

Sounds as if there are "storm clouds" hovering over Laredo. Some kind of announcement is due soon.

I would think long and hard about entering into any affiliation agreements. The BlueJackets did allow Ratchuk to play here, but even then, it was a battle to keep him here. I just don't think the uncertainty of player movement is worth it.

Finally, I know there is a "need for speed" for next years' team. However, speed isn't the only thing to look for. It has to be combined with "a nose for the net", the ability to "crash" the net, and players who can score. Listen to the NHL broadcasts and hear the play-by-play men always talking about putting the puck on the net, "crashing" the net, and getting the "dirty" goals. There has to be something to it or they wouldn't harp on it so much. Anything else is, (and my apologies to these two players as I use them only as an example), like having a bunch of guys like Chris Francis and Neil Musselwhite.

Wed, 05/18/2011 - 10:41am

I'm hearing Laredo is actually looking like they're going to be back and the CHL lowering the cap so it helps out those teams that are struggling...Not sure I'm really a fan of that. If that's the case will it be lower money = lower talent and we see players retiring before they really want to, going overseas, and to the ECHL? Or are there not enough places to play and it doesn't affect the talent pool too much?

Blake Sebring
Wed, 05/18/2011 - 11:01am

Right now I'm buried with HS stuff, working 2 p.m. to midnight, and that has to take priority. Didn't write anything on P.C. coming back because didn't think it was a big deal. Reported all along he had another year on his contract, and I fully expected him to play so it was a non-story to me. May have time for some Ks stuff later in the week.