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Tailing the Komets

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Or if there is, I'm too swamped by football stuff to be able to take the time to find it, so here's an entry from 2007 by the late, great Skate1240. This is definitely going into my next Komets book someday if there is one.

Little Known Komet Hockey Trivia by SKATE


Not many people know that Mick Jagger of Rolling Stones fame attended a Komet Hockey game during the 1960's as a guest of his second cousin, IHL linesman Hartley McLeod.  I happened to be sitting right behind the rock legend and can attest to the truthfulness of this story.


Although Jagger was not a rabid hockey fan, he does enjoy the game and chose to bring along his friend Hugh Thompson who WAS a big hockey fan.  As luck would have it, things were going a little rough for the crack officiating crew and the crowd was becoming restless and beginning to heap abuse on the hapless zebras.


McLeod, despite being a former Komet player, was not immune to the treatment.  As the game wore on, the local sextet was taking a drubbing from the hated Toledo Blades.  On a rare Komet foray toward the Toledo goal, McLeod raised his whistle to his lips and stopped the Komets in mid-stride nailing them for an alleged offside.


Well, this was too much for the Komet faithful to endure.  The crowd cut loose with a vociferous tirade directed at Hartley.  And whose voice could be heard rising above the cacophony?  Hugh Thompson, that's who!


Guest of Mick or not, THIS pushed Jagger over the edge.  After all, a man can only take so much and this constant criticism of his family member, deserved or not, was just too much for the rocker to take.  When the chorus of boos and catcalls finally subsided, Jagger stood up and, using all his considerable lung power, chastised his friend by yelling, “Hey!  Hugh!  Get offa McLeod!”


I, with a sharp ear for this sort of thing, immediately recognized the rather catchy beat of this ditty.  I took a few seconds and refined Jagger's outburst and jotted it down on a small piece of paper.  At the next stoppage of play I passed the paper to the rock giant and the rest, as they say, is history.


Unfortunately, Jagger claims the paper was either “lost” or “destroyed” or torn into confetti and thrown into the air when the Komets rallied in the last few seconds of play to pull out a victory.  As a consequence, there is no actual proof of this story and Jagger, cheap as he is, wormed his way out of playing me any royalties for what later turned out to be his greatest hit.


Posted in: Komets


Wed, 08/25/2010 - 3:08pm

Great Story!

Wed, 08/25/2010 - 3:29pm

Rob Nolan signs with Missouri / evansville signs Jordan little

Wed, 08/25/2010 - 3:43pm

I'll be getting my Legault game worn jersey on friday :)
My favorite Legault fight :)

Wed, 08/25/2010 - 4:25pm

Funny story each time it's posted. The legends of the Jungle have no equals.

Hit Somebody!!!
Wed, 08/25/2010 - 4:26pm

Let's play a game.....Read the following, and tell me, WHO WROTE THIS? LMAO

"As for LITTLE, 28, this will be his seventh pro season. He, too, comes to Evansville as a top-flight defenseman from the Muskegon title timber team of last season under the Kromm stewardship. Obtained in a mid-season deal with the Flint Generals, the native of Winnipeg, Manitoba performed his craft on the Lumberjacks

Hit Somebody!!!
Wed, 08/25/2010 - 4:29pm

PS: When you figure out who wrote this, you have to read it with his voice reciting it in your head.

I crack-up everytime I do it. lol

Wed, 08/25/2010 - 4:37pm

Hit, Ficorelli of course!

Great front page article tonight Blake on the Christian Urban Ministries.

Wed, 08/25/2010 - 6:57pm

My daddy was an amazing man and Komet fan!

Wed, 08/25/2010 - 7:06pm

Thanks for remembering my daddy in such a special way. The Komets meant so much to him when he was alive. I truly miss my daddy. Like I said before he was such a special man. I am sure that he could probably tell you most everything about the Komets. I hope everyone enjoyed his story that was posted and the many others he wrote throughout the years.

Wed, 08/25/2010 - 7:27pm

No one could tell a story like Skate...Sadly I only got to know him for a year or 2 before he passed, wished it was longer.

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 2:54pm

rip jimmy!